Razzle Dazzle

Razzle Dazzle

Razzle Dazzle

Razzle Dazzle

Excerpt

This book is a companion volume to my other two books of plays, the first entitled THREE PLAYS and consisting of My Heart's in the Highlands, The Time of Your Life, and Love's Old Sweet Song; the second entitled THE BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE and containing, besides the title play, Sweeney in the Trees and Across the Board on Tomorrow Morning.

These three volumes constitute all of my work so far in the theatre or its several branches which I wish to have on record at the present time for reading, reference, or production. With the exception of Subway Circus, which was written in 1935, and My Heart's in the Highlands, which was written in 1938, the material in these three books is work done in 1939, 1940 and 1941.

Now, for a moment, I am leaving the theatrical arena as an active participant in the razzle-dazzle free-for-all. The theatre has been good to me, and I can only hope that I have been good to it. Nevertheless, I have had to spend too much of my time in the theatre quarreling with everybody --with the customs and purposes of the stage itself, with the methods of production, with producers, directors, actors, box- office men, ushers, and drama critics.

As it happened first with my short stories, my plays appeared so suddenly and continued to come so swiftly that no one was quite prepared to fully meet and appreciate them, so that so far neither the short stories nor the plays have found critical understanding worthy of them. I make no complaint, however. If the critics have failed, I have not. I have both written and criticized my plays, and so far the importance I have given them, as they have appeared, has . . .

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.