Since I do honestly believe that the critics on the daily papers have too much power over the theatre, and since advertisements that quote the critics add to their power, I can't honestly favor the usual quotes even when to do so would mean a greater gain at our own box office. No doubt you noticed that no quotes were used for "Joan of Lorraine".
I shall drink an old-fashioned to your good health this evening. May we both live long enough to continue our feud through the next decade. 2
January 21, 1949
Dear John: 1
I went back and re-read a good deal of "The Sky is Falling" because I found it incredible that so much sharp and beautiful writing had been wasted on a subject impossible for the Broadway stage--by a man who certainly knows his Broadway. This is Gar's best work, and most illuminating observation, yet even with perfect casting (in the mind's eye) it leaves the reader with a feeling of emptiness, no hope, nobody to like, nowhere to go, and a sense of unreality. It is also, though this would not matter if the reader were involved deeply, more of a character study than a play. It reminds me of the turn of the century Germans--Wedekind--or maybe Kaiser--and of Strindberg. It's despair, but somehow not the current despair.