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The Drama Is Coming NowThe Theater Criticism of Richard Gilman, 1961-1991$
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Richard Gilman

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780300100464

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300100464.001.0001

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Production Criticism

Production Criticism

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The Drama Is Coming Now

Richard Gilman

Yale University Press

This chapter describes Thornton Wilder as our culture's finest living example of faute de mieux. He is our stage philosopher, in the absence of any other, our house allegorist, the man we turn to for civilizing counterinfluences to the practices of the new barbarians. He is much loved by the reflective, the humanistic, the homespun, the quietly patriotic, the slightly disenchanted, the moderately iconoclastic, and all who crave “satisfying evenings in the theater.” All of which is not to say that he lacks real virtues; there is no denying that he is one of our most accomplished stylists, whose easy art is hard to dislike and harder to dislodge.

Keywords:   faute de mieux, Thornton Wilder, stage philosopher, house allegorist, new barbarians

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