Mr. Dickens Goes to the Play

Mr. Dickens Goes to the Play

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Mr. Dickens Goes to the Play

Mr. Dickens Goes to the Play

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In the writings of the younger critics and in the small talk of the younger playwrights, there is evidence from time to time of a notion that the theatre of today is something quite apart from the theatre of our grandfathers. You will hear them speaking of the old days with a wondering pity, as of a remote and rather fabulous time and quite as though Ibsen had definitely and finally exorcised some grotesque spirit from the playhouse. It is true that the slamming of Nora’s door jarred the house and startled a thousand drowsy fellows into a new wakefulness, but, as with the fleeing Peter Pan when the nursery window was nipped shut after him, so here too, perhaps, something was left behind.

When a younger worker in the theatre is caught redhanded in the act of speaking of naturalism as something invented in the spring of 1896 it is well to take him aside and reread him Hamlet’s advice to the players. And it is well occasionally to take all of them by the scruffs of their necks and set them down at the feet of that Eng-

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