Television: Backstage at Playhouse 90

It was two days before showtime, and CBS's Hollywood Studio 31 was a reptile house of cables, clotted with men and monitors, cameras and booms, eight sets. "Tuesdays are miserable.'' a man explained. "The actors are just getting aware of the cameras and the feel of the set." This time, matters had got miserable well before Tuesday.

The play was The Troublemakers, a drama about college students who beat to death another boy because of some campus newspaper articles he had written.* Director John Frankenheimer (Williams. '51), a gangly TV veteran of 27, was...

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