By Thomas S. Hischak
Quantity 4 of the celebrated American Theatre: A Chronicle of Comedy and Drama sequence deals a radical, candid, and interesting examine the theater in big apple over the past a long time of the 20 th century.
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The man’s wife of ﬁfty years (Jessica Tandy) is there with her adulterous daughter (Madeleine Sherwood) and pathetic son (James Ray), both of whom she despises.
The evening was comprised of eight actors playing a multitude of characters in thirty-six sketches that covered various aspects of Americana over the decades, even going into the future to show an authoritarian 1980s. The show was loosely structured with no chronological logic to it, the result being a panorama of hypocritical adults and frustrated youths that was quite potent at times. A mother calling her son at college to ask where he keeps his marijuana, a WASP blackballing his Jewish friend from a country club, eager teens praying to God for sex, and other sequences offered glimpses into the Gurney that would later emerge.
There were also compliments for Sean Kenny, who directed her and designed the Stonehengelike setting, which included a clothes tree ﬁlled with props and costume pieces. The American Place’s disappointing season continued to disappoint with George Tabori’s anti-war drama Pinkville (2-22-71, St. Clements Church). S. Army took pink-cheeked boys and systematically turned them into savage ﬁghting machines let loose in the jungles of Vietnam. Critics could ﬁnd little to endorse in the enterprise, despite such ﬁne actors as James Tolkan, Raul Julia, and Michael Douglas in the cast.
American Theatre: A Chronicle of Comedy and Drama, 1969-2000 by Thomas S. Hischak