Why is the play The Matchmaker literally commercial fiction?
The Matchmaker is based on Thornton Wilder's earlier play The Merchant of Yonkers, which itself based on the play Einen Jux will er sich machen by Johan Nestroy, which itself it based on the one-act play A Day Well Spent by John Oxenford (Wikipedia). While the earlier plays were successful, Wilder's play The Merchant of Yonkers was a commercial failure; it was panned by critics and made little money. For this reason, his re-imagining of the play as The Matchmaker used...
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