Broadway: The Unoriginals

To write a play, the dramatist once needed an idea plus the imagination, the knowledge of life and the craft to develop it. Nowadays, more and more, all he needs is someone else's book. To get started, he does not scan the world about him; he and his prospective producer just read the bestseller lists. So far this season, Broadway's premieres have included twice as many adaptations and imports as original American stage plays.

Best from Abroad. Of the straight dramas, there are All the Way Home, which owes much of its poetic...

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