[Broadway and Off-Broadway]
Monday, July 18, 1955
This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.
Gilbert Seldes opens by discussing Christopher Fry's "The Dark is Light Enough." He notes that it seems like Broadway and Off-Broadway are trying to do two different things, and have different concepts of "theater." He brings in George Bernard Shaw, and recommends that all theater critics read the his writings. He talks at length about the play and the actor's performances.
Seldes goes on to discuss children's programming study by Junior League of City of New York. Who is going to tell the children's tales before they go to bed? Plato's point of view - one extreme vs. strict controls. He contrasts the British media system to the American system and indicates that he feels cautious programing - a middle spot- is a wiser way to proceed.
He then discusses a quote from the British runner Roger Bannister, who laments the apathy produced by a belief in freedom. He notes that despite our generation's inventino of poisonous phrases like "couldn't care less" and "haven't a clue," he still believes that in youth truth can be reborn.
Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection
WNYC archives id: 71234
Municipal archives id: LT6495