Archive for the 'Theater Urban Legends Revealed' Category

Was Tennessee Williams’ First Published Work in the Pages of Weird Tales?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends about theater and whether they are true or false. THEATER URBAN LEGEND: Tennessee Williams’ first published standalone work was a story in the pulp magazine, Weird Tales! Tennessee Williams is one of the most celebrated playwrights of the 20th Century (and one of [...]

Was the Word Robot First Coined in a Early 20th Century Czech Play?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends about theater and whether they are true or false. THEATER URBAN LEGEND: Karel Čapek coined the word “robot” in a play. Karel Čapek was one of the notable writers in Czechoslovakia during the 20th Century, and he was especially noteworthy when it comes [...]

Did Bob Cummings Pretend to be British to Get a Broadway Role?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends about theater and whether they are true or false. THEATER URBAN LEGEND: Bob Cummings pretended to be from England to get a role on Broadway. Bob Cummings was a popular actor with a career that stretched a number of decades, from the stage [...]

Did Shakespeare Leave Stratford-on-Avon Because He Was Arrested for Poaching Deer?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends about plays and playwrights and whether they are true or false. THEATER URBAN LEGEND: William Shakespeare left Stratford-on-Avon in the mid 1580s because he was arrested for poaching deer. For centuries now, there has been one part of Shakespeare’s life that just doesn’t [...]

Did the Pulitzer Prize Committee Choose to Award No Prize Rather Than Award Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends about plays and playwrights and whether they are true or false. THEATER URBAN LEGEND: The Pulitzer Prize Committee chose to award no Pulitzer Prize for Best Drama in 1963 rather than to give it to Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Edward Albee’s play, [...]

Did Henrik Ibsen Write an Alternate Happy Ending to A Doll’s House?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends about plays and playwrights and whether they are true or false. THEATER URBAN LEGEND: Henrik Ibsen wrote an alternate happy ending to A Doll’s House. A Doll’s House was published by Henrik Ibsen in 1879. Here is a portrait of Ibsen… The play [...]