Blood on the Stage, 1950-1975: Milestone Plays of Crime, by Amnon Kabatchnik

By Amnon Kabatchnik

In Blood at the level, 1950-1975: Milestone performs of Crime, secret, and Detection: An Annotated Repertoire, writer Amnon Kabatchnik keeps the point of interest of his past volumes (1900-1925 and 1925-1950) and offers an outline of an important and remarkable theatrical works of crime and detection of this era. Addressing the improvement of this style within the valid theatre, Kabatchnik discusses greater than one hundred twenty full-length performs produced among 1950 and 1975.

Arranged in chronological order, the productions brought up are all works of putting up with significance, pioneering contributions, singular thoughts, and amazing good fortune. the various such a lot remarkable playwrights of the period are represented, together with Horton Foote, Bertolt Brecht, Arthur Miller, Frederick Knott, Joe Orton, Anthony Shaffer, Peter Shaffer, and Agatha Christie. all the performs featured revolves round homicide, robbery, chicanery, kidnapping, political intrigue, or espionage. each one access features a plot synopsis, creation information, and the critiques of renowned and revered critics and scholars.

The performs during this period comprise mental thrillers and baffling whodunits, between them such memorable works as Anastasia, Dial 'M' for Murder, The Mousetrap, The Crucible, Witness for the Prosecution, The determined Hours, Sleuth, and Equus

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6 Featuring Martin Landau, Stalag 17 had a successful national road tour in the United States, but failed to ignite London, where it opened at the Princess Theatre on April 4, 1953, and lasted only eleven performances. indb 35 3/8/11 10:17 AM 36 Stalag 17 expensive. The Lawton Community Theatre in Lawton, Oklahoma, presented Stalag 17 during the 1955–1956 season, as did the Arena Players Repertory Theatre in East Farmingdale, New York, in 1990; Harvest Productions of Chicago, Illinois, in 1997; and the Mariemont Players in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 2009.

Indb 25 3/8/11 10:17 AM 26 Billy Budd A court-martial convenes at Captain Vere’s quarters. The officers vote to render a self-defense acquittal, but Vere reminds them that since this is a wartime cruise, according to the Admiralty code, they have no choice but to put to death a man who fatally struck his superior officer. They sentence Billy to be hanged. At dawn the men are called. ” He climbs quickly up the ropes and out of sight. Officers and mates, in deep breathless consternation, stare overhead as the curtain falls.

7. 8. 9. 19 New York World-Telegram, December 30, 1954. Daily Mirror, December 30, 1954. New York Journal-American, December 30, 1954. New York Post, December 30, 1954. New York Herald Tribune, December 30, 1954. New York Times, May 30, 1999. indb 19 3/8/11 10:17 AM Darkness at Noon (1951) Sidney Kingsley (United States, 1906–1995) Generally acknowledged as Arthur Koestler’s masterpiece, the 1940 novel Darkness at Noon is based on the Stalinist purges of the 1930s. Playwright Sidney Kingsley had optioned to dramatize the novel in the summer of 1949 and set to work on the play at once.

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