Theatre Design- Street Scenes

I purchased the used book ‘The New York Stage, 1883-1939’ mainly for the interesting black/white photographs of over a hundred set designs. Take a look at a few I picked out showing street scenes (click images to enlarge)

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An actual apartment house at 25 West 65 Street was duplicated for the production of ‘Street Scene’ by Elmer Rice c. 1929. Such a wonderful image, too. I love how the crowd, even the people looking out the various windows, fills out the picture frame.

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The play ‘Dynamo’ by Eugene O’Neill c. 1929 follows two main characters…each in their own cutaway homes. This set reminds me of a  real dollhouse and Philip Johnson’s glass house.

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Have you ever watched the black/white series ‘The Naked City?’ Much of it was filmed at actual locations in New York. Maxwell Anderson’s play ‘Winterset’ c. 1935 has a Naked City feel to it. Here the script called for the Brooklyn end of the bridge.

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