By David Gewirtzman
and Anne Bradley and Robert Viagas
08 May 2014
1933 The Theatre Guild presents W. Somerset Maugham's adaptation of Luigi Chiarelli's drama, The Mask and the Face. Among the cast of the five week run are Leo G. Carroll, Shirley Booth, Humphrey Bogart, and Judith Anderson.
1956 Look Back in Anger, by John Osborne, strikes a cord to rage against complacency. Kenneth Haigh plays an angry young man who lashes out at his wife (Mary Ure) and best friend (Alan Bates). Tony Richardson stages at the Royal Court Theatre in London.
1962 A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum especially when Zero Mostel is your leader. Broadway's Alvin Theatre is filled with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and a book by Larry Gelbart and Burt Shevelove. Harold Prince produces the 964 performances.
1985 Broadway's Ritz Theatre becomes center-court as David Wiltse's play about tennis, Doubles, is served up. Playing the middle-aged players are John Cullum, Ron Leibman, Austin Pendleton and Tony Roberts. The play will stay aloft 277 performances before game, set and match will be decided Jan 4, 1986 as they close.
2002 Freud and fascism meet in New York Theatre Workshop's Vienna: Lusthaus (revisited), a dance-theatre piece conceived and directed by Martha Clarke, with music by Richard Peaslee and text by Charles L. Mee.