Everything you need to understand or teach The Front Page by Ben Hecht.
Written by Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur, The Front Page is a play that is considered responsible for defining the modern stereotype of a reporter as a hard-drinking, hard-boiled journalist intent on uncovering truth even in the face of danger. The comedy was a smash hit from its premiere in Broadway's Times Square Theatre on August 14, 1928; it ran for 276 performances.
The Front Page was controversial at the time for its use of profane language and references (to such things as sex, prostitutes, and peeping toms) unfit for a decent audience. Modern critics assert that The Front Page paved the way for the use of such language in the theater.
Drawn from Hecht and Mac Arthur's careers as journalists in Chicago in the 1910s, the play is set in the pressroom at Chicago's Criminal Courts Building and concerns a group of reporters covering a controversial execution.
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The Front Page Lesson Plans contain 152 pages of teaching material, including: