Gerald Weales's “American Theater Watch” appeared in these pages from 1978 until 2010, and we have also featured on occasion his essays and reviews on topics that have included World War II and the early-career political cartoons of one Theodore Geisel (a.k.a. Dr. Seuss). In addition to his distinguished career as an author and drama specialist, Weales was a longtime professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania, from which he retired in 1987; a senior Fulbright scholar at the University of Sri Lanka; and the recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship.
What Price Hollywood? (on The Inquisition In Hollywood: Politics in the Film Community, 1930-1960 by Larry Ceplair, Steven Englund; & Hollywood Goes to War: Films and American Society, 1939-52 by Colin Shindler)
Playwrights Talking, Playwrights Writing (on Speaking on Stage: Interviews with Contemporary American Playwrights, edited by Philip C. Kolin and Colby H. Kullman; and Plays for the End of the Century, edited by Bonnie Marranca)
“If you don’t make it better I’ll stick pins in you” (on Pauline Kael’s The Age of Movies: Selected Writings of Pauline Kael, edited by Sanford Schwartz; and Brian Kellow’s Pauline Kael: A Life in the Dark)