Clifford Odets was a vibrant New York playwright in a vibrant period in American theater: the 1930s. Life during the Great Depression provided rich material for works confronting the difficulties and opportunities that lay in the American experience. Odets explored those ideas first in the theater, and then in Hollywood, writing for the screen.
Three of his works have been revived recently in New York. The latest is Golden Boy, about a young man with both artistic talent and a taste for quicker, cruder fame.
The play premiered 75 years ago at the Belasco Theater in New York, and now it has returned to the house where it was born, in a Lincoln Center Theater production directed by Bartlett Sher. New York Times theater critic Charles Isherwood takes a look, and lets us know if Golden Boy — like real gold — has aged without tarnishing.