Noted drama critic Walter Kerr demonstrates the unique characteristics of live theater as compared with film in this 1970 production. Scenes from five plays of varying styles are explored, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning “No Place to Be Somebody” (with its original cast). The other plays, all with top professionals, are Joseph Papp’s production of “Richard III,” Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest,” the Open Theater’s production of “The Serpent,” and Aeschylus’ “Prometheus.” “This film is a veritable textbook. Highly recommended for English, humanities, and drama classes.” — Scholastic Teacher. An LCA release.
American Film Festival
26 minutes • Color