By Thomas S. Hischak
Quantity 4 of the celebrated American Theatre: A Chronicle of Comedy and Drama sequence bargains an intensive, candid, and interesting examine the theater in big apple over the past a long time of the 20th century.
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Critics and awards committees handed McKenna bouquets of adulation, and the program was presented sixty-seven times. 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.
Sid Caesar and Carol Channing (in a rare non-musical performance) were the designated stars who tried to save the playlets, each one with a surprise ending that surprised no one. In one, Caesar played a man who preys on young girls and discovers at the last moment that his latest intended is his own daughter. In another, Channing was a society lady who decides to bed down with the man painting her lover’s apartment. In the third, they played former lovers who had killed her husband and are now, years later, getting together again.
Despite the mixed reviews, Vonnegut’s popularity helped the comedy run for forty-seven performances before an Actors’ Equity strike off Broadway closed it. But it reopened with the same cast at the Edison on December 22 and ran an additional 143 performances. The next night off-off Broadway, the Manhattan Project had such success with their modern take on Alice in Wonderland that they moved it to the off-Broadway Extension Theatre for 119 bewitching performances. The cast of six and director Andre´ Gregory developed the script, which turned Lewis Carroll’s tale into an actual nightmare ﬁlled with Freudian implications and many references to drugs.