Broadway: Gilroy Is Here

For too long, it was more than a little disturbing that Edward Albee was the only new, young, serious dramatic voice on Broadway. But now another one, considerably lower and more firmly pitched, is being heard. The play is called The Subject Was Roses. And the playwright, Frank D. Gilroy, has developed his skills so thoroughly that his presence seems obviously durable.

He is a writer of remarkable finesse, for in outline his play is plotless and drab. The only son of a Bronx couple comes home from World War II, and with...

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