Re: The Cradle
The Cradle Will Rock has been loved and loathed. Here are a few opinions.
Brooks Atkinson Leonard Bernstein Marc Blitzstein Harold Clurman
Alistair Cooke Aaron Copland Hallie Flanagan Mary McCarthy
Wilfred Mellers George Jean Nathan Tim Robbins Howard da Silva
Virgil Thomson Orson Welles
Howard da Silva

There have always been those who attempt to dismiss the work as dated. But it simply will not be dismissed. Although the particular elements of the Thirties are the springboard of the play, Marc's characters are symbolic, as is the whole work. In mirroring the times as he saw them, he succeeded in gleaning the essential elements of avarice and principal, of courage and cowardice, of honour and duplicity - elements which are timeless.

In addition, his music has lyricism and wit, his poetry magic, and his drama a fervour which, as Brooks Atkinson has said, "raises a theatre-goers basic metabolism and blows him out of the theatre on the thunder of the finale."