An essential book for anyone interested in the theatre, either from the standpoint of the interested observer or from that of the professional or semi-professional. A kaleidoscopic picture of the theatre in America through the eyes of its critics, from Washington Irving and Edgar Allen Poe down to Alexander Woollcott, Robert Benchley, and their contemporaries. Not only reviews of the plays, which make in themselves an interesting commentary on changing tastes, but also articles on producers, actors, acting, in fact all branches of theatrical endeavor. Excellent reading, even to the appendix with its short biographical notes on theatrical folk and their critics. A good reference book for dramatic organizations, schools, libraries, etc. But first and last, good reading for itself.