The Browning Version | Criticism

This literature criticism consists of approximately 2 pages of analysis & critique of The Browning Version.
This section contains 327 words
(approx. 2 pages at 300 words per page)
Buy the Critical Review by Charles Spencer

SOURCE: Spencer, Charles. “Crying with Pain and Laughter.” Daily Telegraph (20 June 1994): 19.

In the following review of the 1994 London revival of The Browning Version, Spencer contends that “Rattigan is a matchless chronicler of English reserve and deep-buried pain.”

Terence Rattigan was discovered by his valet “weeping uncontrollably” as he wrote The Browning Version (1948), and it isn't hard to see why. In this marvellous one-act play, now receiving a deeply moving revival at the Greenwich Theatre, Rattigan conjures up a world of almost unbearable pain. It is a small masterpiece, which, like The Deep Blue Sea, makes the playwright's long years in the critical wilderness seem frankly inexplicable. Clive Merrison gives a magnificent performance as Andrew Crocker-Harris, a desiccated classics beak at an English public school who is taking early retirement because of ill health. In the course of 75 minutes, he is repeatedly humiliated—by his snobbish wife who openly...

(read more)

This section contains 327 words
(approx. 2 pages at 300 words per page)
Buy the Critical Review by Charles Spencer
Copyrights
Gale
Critical Review by Charles Spencer from Gale. ©2005-2006 Thomson Gale, a part of the Thomson Corporation. All rights reserved.
Follow Us on Facebook