The Theatre: 21 Years After

When Manhattan's Theatre Guild celebrated its 21st birthday fortnight ago, the occasion seemed less like a lusty coming-of-age than a triumph of longevity. Twenty-one years may not seem long compared to Paris' 250-year-old Comédie Franchise, but it is longer than any other serious theatre group has lasted in New York.

During the 1920s, The Theatre Guild was the most important single influence on the U. S. theatre. It may have fallen for artiness, but it also recognized art. An organization which, during its first ten years, produced Heartbreak House, Liliom, Back to Methuselah, R....

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