Waiting for Lefty Essay

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In this review of the original production of Waiting for Lefty, Krutch praises Odetsfor creating a political drama that entertains without compromising its political goals. As the critic describes it, Odets'splay is "a very effective dramatic equivalent of soap-box oratory."

A new production by the Group Theater supplies the answer to a question I asked in this column three weeks ago. Mr. Clifford Odets, the talented author of Awake and Sing, has come out for the revolution and thrown in his artistic lot with those who use the theater for direct propaganda. The earlier play, it seems, was written some three years ago before his convictions had crystallized, and it owes to that fact a certain contemplative and brooding quality. The new ones—there are two on a double bill at the Longacre—waste no time on what the author now doubtless regards as side issues...

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