PIECES AT EIGHT by Walter Kerr


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Drama critic and author of How Not To Write A Play. Kerr corraie his roving thoughts on many aspects of the theater, from history to current performances, from dress rehearsals to individuals, from Broadway to summer stock, and speaks his piece brightly, thoughtfully and with conviction. He introduces his beliefs about criti and playgoers, about the public's having more appetite than taste, about clowns and directors, about smash hits and deadly disasters, about building new theaters, about playwrights -- Shaw, O'Neil, Williams, Fry and Greene --, about playwriting and actors, and he makes his points with sincerity which is never stolid or didactic. Mainly for avid followers of the theater, this should also prove helpfully corrective in drama and playwriting courses.

Publisher: Simon & Schuster