Theater: Dramatic Drought

FOR the fourth time in six years, the Pulitzer committee last week gave no prize for an American drama. The committee is correct. No American play of the 1967-68 season merited an award. While it may pique national vanity, an esthetic dry spell is no novelty in the long history of drama. The sands of mediocrity have sometimes silted over the theater for 2,000 years—for example, between the titans of Greek tragedy and the genius of Elizabethan England. The lackluster quality of contemporary U.S. playwriting and the dearth of substantial new talent are...