By Thomas S. Hischak
Quantity 4 of the celebrated American Theatre: A Chronicle of Comedy and Drama sequence deals a radical, candid, and engaging examine the theater in manhattan over the last many years of the 20 th century.
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The Michael Kahn production was a successful summer entry at the American Shakespeare Festival in Stratford, Connecticut, but New York critics and audiences were nonplused. Broadway’s ﬁrst “new” entry, Bob and Ray the Two and Only (9-24-70, John Golden), was a comic revue made up of old radio sketches and characters created over the years by comedians Bob Elliott and Ray Goulding. Comic character favorites such as the dense Wally Ballou and the Komodo Dragon Expert seemed quite at home onstage, but even those who enjoyed the two veteran performers—and there were several who endorsed the evening—had to question what such a non-show was doing on Broadway.
Some praised the play (“the most extraordinary piece of theatre in years”), but others were not impressed (“like Beckett without the anguished poetry, like Pinter without the tension”). The play did receive the Drama Critics Circle Award, and Guernsey begrudgingly named it one of the Best Plays. The limited eight-week engagement was a highlight of the season and sold very well. A German ensemble from Munich called Die Briicke (The Bridge) opened a two-play repertory in German at the Barbizon Plaza on November 17.
Wyke is shaken but admits it was quite a good performance; Tindle in turn admits that he has gone too far in his revenge. He has murdered Tea and planted three incriminating objects in the house that tie Wyke to the killing. Waiting for the police to arrive, Tindle gives Wyke oblique hints as to where the clues are hidden. Wkye solves the riddles and obtains the objects at the last moment, then Tindle laughs and admits it was another joke and that Tea is alive. Humiliated and insulted, Wyke shoots Tindle (with real bullets this time) as the sirens of the approaching police cars are heard.