"In one sense the Ibsen battle was carried forward to unmistakable triumph: it won the allegiance of an entire generation of dramatists and succeeded in establishing the Ibsen mold as the 'accepted' mold of the age. In another sense—in the sense of winning a vast commercial audience for its special characteristic—it never succeeded at all. Ibsen himself has at no time had a mass following in this country, neither in his matinee beginnings nor in the heyday of his convinced imitators. To this day a repertory company, organizing itself around the usual Shakespeare, Shaw, and Ibsen, tends to make a little money with Shaw, break even with Shakespeare, and break its neck with The Wild Duck."
— Walter Kerr, How Not to Write a Play