The Theater: Sudsy Whiff of Humanity


A successful revival of a play from a former era often says more about the audience than it does about the playwright. Nine playgoers out of ten would much prefer to have their hearts warmed and their curiosities aroused than to have their minds challenged. Clifford Odets knew that. He knew that the public roots for a fallen hero to make a comeback. He knew that playgoers would wonder if an alcoholic could stay sober at a crucial moment in his career. He intuited that every woman in the audience would ask herself if she would...

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