"A Letter from Hal Holbrook" A Theater Mirror Feature

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A Letter from

HAL HOLBROOK

March 4, 1996
Fort Worth, TX

Dear Mr. Stark:

I am indebted to you for sending me your "Theater Mirror" review of DEATH OF A SALESMAN on the Internet. I did not know that reviews existed on that medium yet, but it seems to move faster than anything in years. I am glad to know how moved you were by the play because we feel the same thing up on stage. It is such a powerful play, unlike any that has been written in a long time. Playing the Colonial Theater for a Boston audience was a thrill for us. I was so pleased to know that you got my pantomime at the end about the hammock and the two elms. I sometimes wonder if people understand it. Now I am relieved.

I do not know how to respond to your question about Arthur Miller and Tennessee Williams not bringing new plays through Boston since Eliot Norton retired. I was not aware that was true. Eliot was a great critic and great supporter of the theater and very thoughtful to me. I wish some of the younger critics out of the academic coccoon would have a fuller understanding of the responsibility they take on when criticizing a play. It is an event on the stage by that time, not a piece of literature on a page.

Thank you again for writing of the play and writing and sending me your very interesting review.

Yours,
Hal Holbrook


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