Inadmissible Evidence Criticism

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Inadmissible Evidence was a commercial and critical success in London, especially with Nicol Williamson in the lead, but it did not fair as well with U.S. audiences. Many critics conclude that the play is appreciated more by British audiences because of its essentially British character. Harold Clurman, in his review of the play, explains: “The English see in Maitland a 'hero' of their day, the present archetype of the educated middle-class Britisher,” who has withdrawn from the world due to a sense of personal despair. He notes that several English critics found the play to be more “profound” than Osborne's famous Look Back in Anger because it is “the more universal play—a modern tragedy.” Clurman finds that British audiences see themselves in Maitland, and in this, along with the author's “extraordinary faculty for derision in passages of coruscating rhetoric, lies the strength of Osborne's...

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