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July 21, 2009

TT: Almanac

"No one really knows anything much about a play until it meets its first audience; not its director, its actors, its producers, and least of all its author. The scenes he has counted on most strongly, his favorite bits of fine writing--the delicately balanced emotional or comedic thrusts, the witty, ironic summing up, the wry third-act curtain with its caustic stinging last line that adroitly illuminates the theme--these are the things that are most likely to go down the drain first, sometimes with an audible thud."

Moss Hart, Act One

Posted July 21, 2009 12:00 AM

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