Theater: LONDON STAGE: FOSSILS AND FERMENT

THE London stage mirrors the transatlantic crisis in theater. Appraising current English offerings, TIME'S drama critic T. E. Kalem finds that established playwrights are mute or faltering, while younger talents fail to fulfill their promise. There is a constant tremor of faddish experiments, but no significant explosion of creative energy. The measure of how much is expected of the stage is that everyone complains.

John Osborne, who initiated the modern English theatrical renaissance with Look Back in Anger, threatens to end it. His two new plays, Time Present and The Hotel in Amsterdam,...

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