Twenty-first century practitioners of the genre have to face challenges undreamed-of by writers like Granville-Barker
and Rattigan, due to the current exigencies of Broadway economics.
The four full-length plays collected under the title, "New Woman Plays"--Florence Bell's and Elizabeth Robins's Alan's Wife, Cicely Hamilton's Diana of Dobson's, Elizabeth Baker's Chains, and Githa Sowerby's Rutherford and Son--make it difficult to teach Modern British Drama as it used to be taught: the best of Pinero, Wilde, Shaw, Granville-Barker
, Galsworthy, etc.
, The Voysey Inheritance (London, 1967), 59; cf.
Questioned on the witness stand about his handling of investments, the defendant argued, "Rules are important, but you shouldn't be a slave to rules, either." That line was uttered by Kenneth Lay during his current trial arising from the Enron bankruptcy, but it could have been lifted from Harley Granville-Barker's "The Voysey Inheritance." Defending his appropriation of client capital to bolster the firm's financial success, the title character bullishly tells his son, "I have gone beyond the letter of the law." What makes this thrillingly up-to-the-minute play so extraordinary is that it was written in 1905.
Granville-Barker superbly wrong-foots auds by beginning with what threatens to be a simple "sins-of-the-father" scenario.
Other groups paid sophisticated homage to their Victorian and Edwardian forebears, figures like Harley Granville-Barker
and William Poel or groups such as the Elizabethan Stage Society, suggesting that their reconstruction took its place in a continued rethinking of how the theatrical past is mediated by the theatrical present.
He collaborated with Harley Granville-Barker
on Prunella (1906), a charming fantasy that was the notable exception to that rule.
As the work of John Galsworthy, Harley Granville-Barker
When the modish terminology is translated into clearer and more familiar language, Mr Mooney's accounts of the plays seem actually less responsive to theatrical effects than were those of, say, Granville-Barker
. In the case of Richard II, Mr Mooney attributes to the audience feelings of considerable sympathy with Richard; but then, on recalling the evidence that the play was once specially staged on the eve of the Earl of Essex's rebellion against Queen Elizabeth, Mooney remarks rather weakly: 'We cannot know Essex's intentions .
Season continues with "The Gamester," Freyda Thomas' adaptation of Jean-Francois Regnard's romantic farce "Le Joueur." The spring of 2005 also features Harley Granville-Barker
's "The Voysey Inheritance" and Eugene O'Neill's "A Moon for the Misbegotten," with Barricelli under the direction of Laird Williamson.
A century-old play snared a playwriting award for its author, Harley Granville-Barker
, at this year's Obie award ceremony, honoring achievement Off and Off-Off Broadway.
Styan or Bernard Beckerman, for example, (both of whom owe a great deal to their magnificent predecessor, Granville-Barker
) never trapped itself in the dead-end chatter that sustained the daffy life of the performance critics, as they tenaciously marked out their turf with their Babel-like mutterings.
Whitebrook's colorful, fluid account describes in vivid detail Archer's life-long, often combative friendship with George Bernard Shaw, as well as his close associations with Ibsen, Pinero, Galsworthy and Granville-Barker
. But most tantalizing by far is his relationship with Robins, the ravishing Kentucky-born leading lady whose fierce intelligence and independent spirit made her perfect casting for Ibsen heroines such as Hedda Gabler, whom Robins described as a woman with "the keenest sense of irony but no sense of humor." When can we expect a biography on her?