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Noted Playwright Deplores Absence of Imagination


Women dramatists have destroyed the neurotic as a dramatic subject in the contemporary theatre, Paul Vincent Carroll, author of the current Broad-way hit, "Shadow and Substance," told an audience of more than 50 members of the dramatic club at the Big Tree Swimming Pool yesterday afternoon.

A noticeable tendency toward materialistic, slightly "off-color" writing by the female dramatists of the present day is gradually sickening the public and turning them against this type of play, Carroll stated. This form of writing, he asserted, is not true art but photographic realism.

The modern theatre needs more imagination and photography, the Irish playwright told his audience. "The present rage for photographic realism is passing and new interpretive productions about small-town America will replace it," he said.

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