By Gerald Bordman
This ebook concludes Gerald Bordman's acclaimed survey of yankee non-musical theatre. It bargains with the years 1930 to 1970, a interval whilst the variety of every year new performs was once shrinking, yet a interval in which American drama as a complete entered the realm degree and have become a dominant strength. With works like Eugene O'Neill's lengthy Day's trip Into evening, Tennessee William's A Streetcar Named wish, and Arthur Miller's demise of a salesperson, American theater ultimately reached maturity either dramatically and psychologically. Bordman's vigorous, authoritative learn covers each Broadway construction, in addition to each significant off-Broadway express. His dialogue strikes season by way of season and express by way of convey in chronological order; he bargains plot synopses and info the actual creation, administrators, gamers, theaters, and newspaper experiences. This publication and the previous volumes of yank Theatre stand because the most popular historical past of yankee drama.
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At a Satterlee family reunion, no one seems happy or truly successful. Some, like Charlotte (Helen Menken), have even lied over the years, sending letters back to Illinois boasting of New York's acclaim. But when she returns all Charlotte has to show for her time is her expectant motherhood. She attempts to get the family's adopted, malcontented son, Steven Moorhead (Paul Muni), to wed her. Since he himself is illegitimate, he is loath to repeat history. Mrs. Satterlee (Jean Adair) sends Charlotte off alone, with words of encouragement.
Hay played "Peter" Cornish, who stands by a brother (Douglas Gillmore) horribly disfigured in the war, after most of his family and his sweetheart (Brenda Dahlen) distance themselves from him. Only their ne'er-do-well father is also compassionate, but he commits suicide in the second act. It remains for Peter to help her brother become a successful novelist. Edward J. ) was set in a special car, reportedly becoming rare by 1931, that once had been part of all circus trains and served as a canteen and lounge for the employees.
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