Because old-style Broadway plays were built to fit a predictable pattern that was thought to provide maximum "effectiveness," dramatic structure was always colliding with common sense, since people's normal reactions to events rarely have much to do with how well spectators are going to like them. Lately, as newer and more ignorant producers have invaded Broadway in search of profit, plays that exploit the old cornball patterns have started to reappear in quantity. Only now, infected by the stupider and falser contrivances of TV and movies, the new crop of playwrights lacks the skill to wriggle free of the old... More >>>