George. Kaufman S Criticism: The Man Who Came To Dinner - Essay

Joseph Wood Krutch (essay date 28 October 1939)

(Drama Criticism)

SOURCE: Krutch, Joseph Wood. “What Nothing Succeeds Like.” The Nation 149, no. 18 (October 28, 1939): 474-75.

[In the following review, Krutch objects to what he sees as a lack of warmth and merriment in The Man Who Came to Dinner although he recognizes that it is funny and skillfully crafted.]

Not even the obvious virtues of farce as the Messrs. Kaufman and Hart have learned to write it seem quite adequate to explain the boundless enthusiasm with which their successive works are received. A very large and very mixed audience has taken them to its heart in some special way and greets them with a warmth seldom exhibited upon any other occasion, grave or gay....

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Morton Eustis (essay date November 1939)

(Drama Criticism)

SOURCE: Eustis, Morton. “The Man Who Came to Dinner.Theatre Arts 23 (November 1939): 789-98.

[In the following essay, Eustis describes Kaufman at work directing The Man Who Came to Dinner.]

‘All Right, Mr. Kaufman?’ the stage manager asks … ‘Yes, any time you're ready.’ … George S. Kaufman has a whispered colloquy with Monty Woolley. He stands centre stage surveying the green living-room-hall in Mesalia, Ohio, which Donald Oenslager has designed for The Man Who Came to Dinner. He marks the spot where he wants Woolley's wheel-chair to rest, opens and closes the big doors leading to the library on the left to see that they slide smoothly,...

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