New PDF release: Anglo-American Interplay in Recent Drama

By Ruby Cohn

ISBN-10: 0521035287

ISBN-13: 9780521035286

The proposal of a latest cross-cultural alternate in the medium of theater is the following imposed on a dozen modern Anglo-American dramatists: Alan Ayckbourn and Neil Simon, Edward Bond and Sam Shepard, David Mamet and Harold Pinter, Caryl Churchill and Maria Irene Forn?s, David Hare and David Rabe, Christopher Hampton and Richard Nelson. In every one pairing, Ruby Cohn unites a British with an American playwright, exploring similarities that function a springboard for the publicity of a extra profound, culturally-based distinction.

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Niles/Louis/Pablo, Shepard splits his dramatic texts between a reliance on the pop culture milieu for the images of his art and a problematization . . of the milieu that his art has created" (Postmodern Theatric[k]s, p. 75). In contrast to Shepard's moody musicians, Bond's artists are invariably writers, and sometimes they are actual authors within our cultural tradition. The first Bond artist is, however, somewhat exotic, and probably unfamiliar to most Western audiences. Narrow Road to the Deep North (1968) was triggered by the translation of a seventeenth-century Japanese poet: "I started to read a book by Basho, the Japanese poet....

75). In contrast to Shepard's moody musicians, Bond's artists are invariably writers, and sometimes they are actual authors within our cultural tradition. The first Bond artist is, however, somewhat exotic, and probably unfamiliar to most Western audiences. Narrow Road to the Deep North (1968) was triggered by the translation of a seventeenth-century Japanese poet: "I started to read a book by Basho, the Japanese poet.... The poet, Basho, sees this child abandoned by the river - and he goes on his way.

As in Simon's other plays, no one is evil; Grandma Kurnitz became tough to survive, and she undergoes no softening. An unreformed gangster Louie 31 Anglo-American interplay in recent drama joins the army, and weak Eddie finds neither new strength nor a new wife. Although Bella triumphs twice, she remains a child mentally; even though her new friend has a brother, New Comedy seems far in the past. Grandma and Bella presumably carry on in the family business, but the boys have matured beyond the lure of its (invisible) ice cream sodas.

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