Theater: Glamour in A Housecoat SPOILS OF WAR

by Michael Weller

What is the most influential drama in American literary history? As plausible a candidate as any is The Glass Menagerie. Since Tennessee Williams brought his family confessional to Broadway in 1945, virtually every U.S. dramatist of substance has revealed himself in a guilt-ridden memory play, from Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman and Eugene O'Neill's long-concealed Long Day's Journey into Night to Lanford Wilson's Lemon Sky and Neil Simon's Broadway Bound. Into those ranks comes Michael Weller. Heretofore best known for Moonchildren and the screenplay of Hair, both valedictories to the '60s, Weller looks back to his adolescence, a decade earlier,...

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