Picks and Pans Review: American Playhouse: the Wide Net
updated 02/02/1987 AT 01:00 AM EST
•originally published 02/02/1987 AT 01:00 AM EST
Here's Eudora Welty's story about a pretty and pouting Southern bride who threatens to drown herself and about her hung-over husband who's so dumb he believes her and dredges the river for her body. As portrayed here, Southerners are stupid and so sluggardly you can't imagine how they summon enough calories to breathe; they are insulting stereotypes. The show's enough to make a Yankee wish there still were a Mason-Dixon line—with border guards—and enough to make a Southerner wish that no writer ever wrote about the South again.