The Skin of Our Teeth Essay

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In this review of The Skin of Our Teeth, which was originally published on November 19, 1942, Nichols offers a positive review of the original Broadway production of the play.

A few seasons ago Thornton Wilder increased the stature of the theatre with Our Town and now that November again lies heavy over Broadway he has done it once more. For in The Skin of Our Teeth, which Michael Myerberg brought last evening to the Plymouth, he has written a comedy about man which is the best play the Forties have seen in many months, the best pure theatre.

Mr. Wilder is no pedantic philosopher, setting down the laws of the schoolmaster; when he is writing for the theatre he uses all of its arts. His story of man's constant struggle for survival, and his wonderment over why he so struggles, is presented with pathos and broad comedy, with gentle...

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