Grimstead, “Uncle Tom from Page to Stage”

Something I found interesting from this article was the way the critics attacked the play and called it weak and racist. Saying that the weaknesses did not derive from the stage limitations but from the script itself. What I think is that the play was fearless. It attempted to focus on the issues associated with slavery straightforward. It didn’t hide behind camouflages like distant settings. Instead it attacked the “most moralistic of social evils” and got straight to the point. Yes the play is a melodrama and therefor exaggerated many scenes but I still think it was a fearless attempt to shine a direct light and a present issue that was always around. The elephant in the room was now brought to the forefront to be confronted and contemplated.

via Grimstead, “Uncle Tom from Page to Stage”.

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