I shall never forget the performance of "The Night Asylum, Nachtasyl," which I saw acted in Munich by one of the best stock companies in the world, a combination of players from the "Neues" and "Kleines" theaters in Berlin.
Amongst more recent plays, Hauptmann's Die Weber and Gorky's Nachtasyl are perhaps the best examples of the type. The drawback of such themes is, not that they do not conform to this or that canon of art, but that it needs an exceptional amount of knowledge and dramaturgic skill to handle them successfully.
There is method in the madness, but it is a method of intangible ideas. 12mo. $1.50 net CONTENTS: Henrik Ibsen August Strindberg Henry Becque Gerhart Hauptmann Paul Hervieu The Quintessence of Shaw Maxim Gorky's Nachtasyl Hermann Sudennann Princess Mathilde's Play Duse and D'Annunzio Villiers de l'lsle Adam Maurice Maeterlinck.
His plays are loose episodes without dramatic action or climax, sometimes moving, as in the case of Nachtasyl, and discordant in The Children of the Sun. Gorky had a natural talent; in his stories a submerged generation became eloquent. And he became a doctrinaire.