pressure comes not only from the necessities of the theatre but also from an emotional cross-wise pull the task is well-nigh impossible. Much as I sympathize with your desire to keep the play as it was I can only say that unless we look the other way for a while and let Bob function he'll be paralyzed entirely and the play will suffer.
You may answer that the play will suffer unless you are able to make certain restrictions, and that may be true. One never knows about plays, whether they'll go or why. But at this point I think you should either turn the responsibility over to Bob entirely or take it over yourself. The way things are going we are likely to emerge from rehearsals with more nervous wreckage than accomplishment.
[ November 7, 1939]
Dear Victor-- 1
Do you think the enclosed might be effective as a hand-bill to be distributed with programs? I'd be willing to begin with the opening night of Key Largo.
McDermott gives us a rave review here. 2
Best to the office Max