Today in Theatre History: OCTOBER 4

News   Today in Theatre History: OCTOBER 4 1956 A new CBS series, "Playhouse 90," begins tonight. Many would call it the pinnacle of live drama on television. Throughout its run the series will give voice to such writers as Tad Mosel, Rod Serling and Paddy Chayevsky, and showcase versions of such plays as The Miracle Worker and The Days of Wine and Roses.

1956 A new CBS series, "Playhouse 90," begins tonight. Many would call it the pinnacle of live drama on television. Throughout its run the series will give voice to such writers as Tad Mosel, Rod Serling and Paddy Chayevsky, and showcase versions of such plays as The Miracle Worker and The Days of Wine and Roses.

1960 A Taste of Honey opens tonight at the Lyceum Theatre. This play, about a working class white girl who sleeps with a black man in her provincial town and becomes pregnant, features the likes of Angela Lansbury, Joan Plowright, Nigel Davenport and Billy Dee Williams. Playwright Shelagh Delaney is only 19. The play runs 49 weeks.

1962 Every producer longs to hear the phrase, "long line at the box office." David Merrick self-actualized it today -- the day after Stop the World -- I Want to Get Off opened on Broadway. Faced with mixed reviews, Merrick closed all but one of the windows at the Shubert Theatre box office, forcing ticketbuyers to stand in one long line.

1972 The songs of Noel Coward get an airing tonight in the revue Oh, Coward! at the New Theatre. Barbara Cason, Roderick Cook and Jamie Ross star in this show, which will run 294 performances.

1990 Bill Cain's Stand-Up Tragedy opens on Broadway at the Criterion Center Stage Right. The story of a dedicated teacher who tries to save a gifted Hispanic student from the trappings of urban poverty and prejudice plays 13 performances and closes Oct. 16. 1998 The world premiere of Evan Smith's The Uneasy Chair, starring Roger Rees and Dana Ivey, open tonight at Playwrights Horizons. The play, directed by Richard Cottrell, tells of a miserly boarding house owner who sues her crotchety tenant over a breach of promise.

--By Sam Maher and Ernio Hernandez