Between the publication of his first and second novels

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Unformatted text preview: Between the publication of his first and second novels, Heller experimented with drama, his most notable play being We Bombed in New Haven, which was first produced at the Yale Repertory Theater in 1967 and ran on Broadway for eighty-six performances in the fall of 1968. As with most of Heller's work, the play opened to mixed reviews. Legendary critic Clive Barnes said that he would "call it a bad play any good playwright should be proud to have written, and any good audience fascinated to see" ( New York Times, October 17, 1968). Heller toys with the meaning of reality in the play, in which a group of actors put on their own performance in which they are airmen bombing into oblivion such places as Constantinople (not Istanbul) and Minnesota. Levels of reality become confused when characters begin to be killed in the fictional bombing raids but then can no longer be...
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