The American theater’s ability to conceal its best gifts from itself and the world has probably never been better exemplified than in the career of Romulus Linney, who died on Saturday, January 15, age 80. That he was one of America’s best playwrights, that his output was dazzling in its variety and exceptional for its depth as well as its breadth of scope—these truths seemed to matter little even to our theater’s own mind. More important to it was the awareness that Linney was not a “commercial” playwright; that the artistic complexities he embodied kept even his simplest works from being readily marketable; that he did not tailor his scripts to fit any... More >>>