The Theater: From the Horse's Mouth

London critics packed off to Birmingham last week for the opening of a play by Author -Professor -Philosopher -BBC "Brains Truster" Cyril Edwin Mitchinson Joad, who once asserted he could "explain anything to anyone." Just before the curtain went up, Playwright Joad stepped out on stage and informed the critics: "It's an awful bad play. If I were you I'd go see the film across the street." After listening to assorted maunderings on marriage, Freud, religion, the machine age and Bernard Shaw, the critics wished they had taken Joad's advice.


Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!