Thomas F. Connolly

Thomas F. Connolly is Associate Professor of English at Suffolk University, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. He is also Visiting Professor at the Institute of English Philology at the University of Ostrava in the Czech Republic. From 1996 to 1998 he was Senior Fulbright scholar in the Czech Republic. His most recent book is George Jean Nathan and the Making of Modern American Drama Criticism. He has published numerous articles in journals and contributed to reference books such as The Cambridge Guide to American Theatre, The Continuum Companion to Twentieth-Century Theatre, The Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance and The Encyclopedia of New England Culture.

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Helen Menken

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Lili Darvas

International actor Lili Darvas won acclaim in her adopted country, the United States, on stage, in films, and on television. Born in Budapest on April 10, 1902, to Alexander and Berta (Freiberger) Darvas, both of whom were Jewish, she was educated at the Budapest Lyceum. She made her professional debut at age twenty, playing Juliet in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet at the Magyar Szinhas in Budapest. Married to one of Hungary’s outstanding playwrights, Ferenc Molnar, Darvas appeared in a range of modern and classical works and became one of Budapest’s leading actors. Molnar, inspired by her talent, created a series of sparkling plays for her, including Riviera, Olympia, and The Girl from Trieste. In 1926, Darvas joined the acting troupe of the German impresario Max Reinhardt, even though she had learned to speak German only two years earlier, by reciting classical German verse plays for hours at a time.

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