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Modern Theatre in Context: A Critical Timeline

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The British actor-manager Maurice Colbourne completes a ten-city Canadian tour in January with George Bernard Shaw's Geneva and Tobias and the Angel and Coulbourne's own play Charles the King. In his January 28 New YorkTimes article "A Tour across Canada," Coulbourne reports that Canadian theatre was "moribund" and "lacks at present even the will to live." He charges that Canadian little theatres were mere "exhibitionists" that had alienated audiences and therefore had done "incalculable" harm to the theatre. The Alberta playwright Elsie Park Gowan responds to Colbourne's charges in the Edmonton Journal and suggests that "perhaps the reason his tour was not a success is because the Little Theatre in Canada does better plays."

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