Short play by Clifford Odets, produced by the Group Theatre in 1935 and published the same year. Members of the taxicab drivers' union meet to decide whether or not to strike, and while they await the arrival of the popular committeeman Lefty Costello, they are addressed by the capitalist agent Harry Fatt, who attempts to discourage the plan. Six blackout scenes show the causes of the strike in terms of injustice, corrupt practices, and personal tragedy. When a messenger arrives to report the murder of Lefty, a labor leader arouses the men's fighting spirit and they go on strike.
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