The Living Theatre Criticism: The Connection - Essay

Robert Brustein (review date 1959)

(Drama Criticism)

SOURCE: Brustein, Robert. “Junkies and Jazz.” New Republic 141, no. 13 (28 September 1959): 29–30.

[In the following review, Brustein praises the authenticity and the theatricality of The Living Theatre's production of The Connection.]

When you enter the off-Broadway theater where The Connection is playing in repertory, you have a few moments before the action begins to formulate your expectations. The curtain is drawn, and on the stage some excessively seedy characters are arranged in various attitudes of weariness and gloom. The setting is a tawdry tenement, the furniture is delapidated, the quarters cramped and dirty. Painted on the wall upstage is a...

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Lionel Abel (essay date 1960)

(Drama Criticism)

SOURCE: Abel, Lionel. “Not Everyone Is in the Fix.” Partisan Review 27, no. 1 (winter 1960): 131–36.

[In the following essay on The Connection, Abel states that the play challenges the audience to become aware of and to evaluate their deeds and desires.]

You are not where you wanted to be, nor will you get what you expected. But do you want to go somewhere else? Where? Not easy to say, but it's not easy to stay where you are, either. You will stay too, unless you are like the reviewers for the dailies, who damned this play almost to a man. Why will you stay? Not in any great hope of pleasure, but as you stay in a dentist's office, motivated by an aching...

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