Theatre at the crossroads; plays and playwrights of the mid-century American stage.

[1st ed.].. New York, Holt, Rinehart and Winston [1960] .

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Subjects Drama -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
New York (State) -- New York.
Theater -- New York (State) -- New York.
Théâtre (Genre littéraire) -- 20e siècle -- Histoire et critique.
Théâtre -- États-Unis -- New York (N.Y.)
Théâtre -- New York (État) -- New York.
Description 327 pages 22 cm
Copyright Date [1960]
Notes Includes bibliographical references.
Contents Part one : Interrogations and persuasions -- Script or spotlight? -- Playwriting at the crossroads -- What price exaltation? -- Reasons for social drama -- New tragic perspectives? -- Eugene O'Neill : the course of a major dramatist -- Tennessee Williams : 1940-60 -- Jean Giraudoux as virtuoso -- Foundation or no foundation -- The practicality of impractical criticism -- Off-Broadway, past and present -- Part two : New York chronicle, 1950-1960 -- Ebb tide. Entropy? ; The Country Girl : Odets in the fifties ; Barry and Sherwood : Second Threshold ; Lillian Hellman : The Autumn Garden ; Allegory : Coxe and Chapman's Billy Budd ; Kingsley's Darkness at Noon and political drama -- Points of return. Van Druten's I am a Camera and the Chekhov myth ; Marquand and Osborn : Point of no Return ; The Grass Harp : Capote versus Saroyan ; The Cave Dwellers : Saroyan's return ; The Flowering Peach : Odets, yea-and-nay ; Religion and Graham Greene's The Potting Shed -- Low Men on a totem pole. Low tragedy in Macken's Home Is the Hero ; Gazzo's A Hatful of Rain : the real and the grotesque ; Clinic and symbol in Wishengrad's The Rope Dancers ; Laurents : A Clearing in the Woods ; Faulkner : Requiem for a Nun ; William Inge and the subtragic muse : The Dark at the Top of the Stairs ; John Osborne's Look Back in Anger ; Epitaph for George Dillion and The Entertainer ; Too Late for Phalarope : alternatives in social drama ; Nash : A Handful of Fire -- Past and present. American Shakespeare : Othello, Much Ado About Nothing, and The Merchant of Venice ; Producing Miss Julie and Uncle Vanya ; Reviving Turgenev's A Month in the Country ; The Doctor's Dilemma and Saint Joan : Shaw half-revived -- The comic muse. American musical comedy ; Menasha Skulnik in The Fifth Season ; Aymé's Clérambard ; The lesson of the Comédie Française ; Two for the Seesaw and The Seesaw Log -- Tennessee Williams. Summer and Smoke : Williams' shadow and substance ; Williams' descent: Orpheus Descending ; Williams' "Garden" ; Williams' Sweet Bird of Youth -- The latter-day O'Neill. The Iceman Cometh intact ; A Moon for the Misbegotten ; Long Day's Journey into Night ; A Touch of the Poet -- European vistas. Tyrone Guthrie's or Pirandello's Six Characters ; Harlequinade in Anouilh's Mademoiselle Colombe ; Anouilh's The Lark : The theatricalist Joan ; The Waltz of the Toreadors : Anouilh's Valse Triste ; Beckett : Waiting for Godot ; Beckett's Endgame and symbolism ; Ionesco : The Lesson and The Chairs ; Brecht's epic parable : The Good Woman of Setzuan at the Phoenix ; Duerrenmatt : The Visit -- Affirmations?. Miller's The Crucible as event and play ; Corwin's The Rivalry ; Mary Stuart at the Phoenix : A future for poetic drama ; Fry : The Firstborn ; O'Casey : Pictures in the Hallway ; More "Readings" : O'Casey and Dylan Thomas ; Robert Anderson : All Summer Long and Tea and Sympathy ; Dramatizing fiction : Look Homeward, Angel ; Ulysses in Nighttown : Mostel at the Rooftop ; MacLeish's J.B. : Yale and Broadway ; And these others.
Genre Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Geographic Area New York (State)
Network Numbers (OCoLC)243333
WorldCat Search OCLC WorldCat
WorldCat Identities Gassner, John, 1903-1967.
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