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Gerald Weales

Gerald Weales

I am not quite a classic case. When I stepped off the train at Pennsylvania Station in September 1946, I was not carrying my few...

On the day that the New York Drama Critics’ Award was announced, a student stopped me as I walked across the campus—where I pass as...

Most American playwrights are fitted out with identification labels early in their careers. A conventional tag makes easy the reaction of the reviewers and the...

Drama in the 50’s Best American Plays, Fourth Series, 1951-1957. by John Gassner. Crown. 648 pp. $5.75.   The seventeen plays that John Gassner has chosen for his latest collection...

The whole world’s gone fertile with a vengeance. Each morning’s mail brings news of a baby born. I change no diapers, nor walk in morning Hours to still a child....

Since Detroit does not have a palpable personality, like Atlanta or Montreal, the newcomer can only begin to understand it by realizing that, although the...

Middle Way as Metaphysics The Dignity of Man. by Russell W. Davenport. Harper. 338 pp. $4.00.   When Russell W. Davenport died last year, he left unfinished the book that...

The success of the movie “Marty” has drawn attention to a new luminary in the field of popular drama, Paddy Chayefsky, TV playwright and movie...

The Noah story with its striking dramatic possibilities has challenged playwrights from the Middle Ages to the present. In our own country, it made a...

A Toast to Life Sunset and Evening Star. by Sean O’Casey. Macmillan. 339 pp. $4.75.   In the last line of Sunset and Evening Star, Sean O’Casey offers a toast...