(Peter Filichia's Diary of August 19 ran on Theatermania.) 


A Sticky Situation for Joe Papp

36 years ago this week, CBS aired a TV version of a Tony-winning Broadway play – late at night, so as few people could see it as possible.

The play was David Rabe’s Sticks and Bones. Its main characters were Ozzie, Harriet, David and Ricky. Those who remember the early days of TV will recognize those character names from the TV series The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet. The weekly sitcom about a real-life family called the Nelsons debuted in 1952 and didn’t go off the air until, believe it or not, 1966.

And yet, who remembers anything significant about it?

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