Bentley, Eric
October 1953
New Republic;10/19/53, Vol. 129 Issue 12, p20
The article features the folklore in dramatics. Great plays are miracles conferred with becoming the frequency, services rendered above and beyond the call of duty. The everyday theatre is nothing more than a day-dream factory. Tenderness, innocence, and the rest have to be mere commodities or they couldn't be produced quickly enough. The public is excited by the contact. And the degree of excitement is the criterion of the dramatic critics. Theatre is an escape and "realist" theatre is no longer an exception to the rule, it differs from non-realistic theatre only pretending to be so.


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