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Elliot Norton Reviews; Table Settings


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Elliot Norton Reviews
Table Settings
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Series Description

Boston theatre critic Elliot Norton interviews prominent actors, directors and producers on their craft. (Aired from October, 1958 to 1982. Winner of both Peabody and Tony Awards.) Series release date: 1958

Program Description

Elliot Norton interviews playwright James Lapine and actors Linda Peterson and Pat Pellows from Next Move Theatre’s production of “Table Settings.” This satirical comedy centers around the family life of a stereotypical Jewish mother (Pellows), with most of the action occurring around the dining room table. Her younger son is a good-for -nothing and her older son is married to a shiksa (Peterson), with whom he has two sons of his own. The play starts out about the typical Jewish family, but develops into a story about the American family longing for tradition and coming to terms with what it means to be a family. The broad, farce-like acting style plays against the dark and bitter script.

Director: Joanna Lu. Taped 11/3/1981.

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Broadcast program

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Talk Show
Performing Arts
Chicago: “Elliot Norton Reviews; Table Settings,” 11/03/1981, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed October 23, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_458DE173625C4C04B28A8E1A74A85F87.
MLA: “Elliot Norton Reviews; Table Settings.” 11/03/1981. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. October 23, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_458DE173625C4C04B28A8E1A74A85F87>.
APA: Elliot Norton Reviews; Table Settings. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_458DE173625C4C04B28A8E1A74A85F87
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