The Dramas of the Ordinary

Goodman, Walter
June 1955
New Republic;6/20/55, Vol. 132 Issue 25, p20
The article focuses on the book "Television Plays," by Paddy Chayefsky. Chayefsky is the best of the television playwrights. Six of his scripts have now appeared in book form. These are the plays that are usually picked out as examples of what television drama can be. Chayefsky writes about working class families in New York. Sometimes they are Irish, sometimes Italian, sometimes Jewish. The Irish mother who goes to seek employment in a midtown garment factory might as easily be Italian, the Italian mother urging her son to get himself a wife could be Jewish. All the major characters are first-and second-generation Americans who must work to earn their living.


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