TITLE

THEATRE

AUTHOR(S)
Bentley, Eric
PUB. DATE
December 1954
SOURCE
New Republic;12/27/54, Vol. 131 Issue 26, p21
SOURCE TYPE
Review
DOC. TYPE
Entertainment Review
ABSTRACT
This article focuses on the theatrical production "The Bad Seed," by Maxwell Anderson, adapted from the novel by William Marsh. Some of the actors in The Bad Seed do not hold, the balance so. finely between seriousness and frivolity may not, however, be their own fault. The moment the playwright points with any earnestness at a real mother who becomes the accomplice of her homicidal daughter he is giving himself a problem play to write. In modernizing melodrama with psychology and sophistication, people are losing the real guts of the beast.
ACCESSION #
14493854

 

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