All warm and fuzzy Theodore Cleaver and Ozzie and Harriet nostalgia aside, the 1950s was arguably the most exciting decade in the history of theater. In Europe, the absurdist works of Beckett, Genet and Ionesco demolished the concept of the well-made play. Meanwhile, across the Atlantic, American giants such as Elia Kazan, Arthur Miller and Tennessee Williams were at their peak; and schools of acting based on in-the-moment-emotion, such as the so-called Method, rather than ossified technique, had already launched the careers of protean actors Marlon Brando and James Dean and would soon graduate Robert DeNiro, Dustin... More >>>