Four Plays

Four Plays

Book - 1979
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Beginning in 1950, William Inge achieved four consecutive Broadway successes with the plays in this volume, which gained even greater audiences as motion pictures. Come Back, Little Sheba concerns itself with the near-tragic crisis in the lives of an alcoholic and his wife; Picnic deals with the effects of the arrival of a vagabond on a group of women in a small Kansas town; Bus Stop centers on a group of people stranded in a small café; The Dark at the Top of the Stairs presents a somber picture of a family haunted by unfocused fears and prejudices.

'Come Back, Little Sheba'
'Bus Stop'
'The Dark at the Top of the Stairs'
Publisher: New York : Grove Press, [1979], c1958.
ISBN: 9780802132093
Branch Call Number: 812.54 Inge an 33164004301797 nf 20.00 nf 280164 cpy 1 aurora
812.54 Inge
Characteristics: xii, 304 p. ; 21 cm.


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voisjoe1 Mar 26, 2014

From the 1920’s to the mid 1960’s, films could not be shown in American movie theatres unless they passed the rules of the Hays Code. The 1957 film, “The Dark at the Top of the Stairs,” was one of the films that stretched the limits of code, eventually leading to the downfall of the code. Since this film has not yet been released on DVD, I decided to read the play to see what was so outrageous that some in American society thought it must be kept away from Americans, even mature adults. Well, these are the shocking results of my read. (1) A young couple was forced into marriage because of an out-of-wedlock pregnancy, (2) A married couple was so repressed they no longer engaged in “marital relations” and (3) America’s prejudice against Jews was exposed (remember, numerous urban areas, such as Chicago, even in the '50's and '60's had restrictive covenants to prevent Jews from buying homes in certain areas).

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