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    Restoration and the 18th century began in 1660 and lasted until 1798. Though this period is short compared to most eras, it has had a huge impact on present day America. However, before the Restoration Period the theatres were closed in 1642. Playwrights such as John Gay began executing the use of satire as well as actor David Garrick changing the way actors performed. Restoration was a giant leap in the right direction for drama; it challenged the traditional views and poured the foundation for 21st century theater. John Gay was perhaps one of the most popular ballad opera writers of his time. He believed in “recycling” songs; he reworked already written plays and gave them a satirical edge. His most known work, The Beggars Wife, was…

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    People have two ways to deal with an insecurity: they can bask in it or suffer behind it. Cyrano de Bergerac, written by Edmond Rostand, takes place in 17th century France. The play exhibits a man named Cyrano who is well-known for his prominent nose. A love triangle comes between Cyrano and Christian, a soldier, as they use each other’s strengths to woo their love, Roxane. Cyrano portrays himself as a strong and courageous man and creates a strong outer shell for himself in order to withstand…

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    French poet and dramatist, Edmond Rostand, in his romantic drama, Cyrano de Bergerac, depicts the major differences between courage and cowardice through contrasts in his characters. His purpose is to give the reader different impressions for each character. Rostand establishes a dramatic and challenging tone in order to effectively convey to his readers of early 17th-century France that there is a distinct difference how courage and cowardice can define the characters, as well as the major…

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    Altruism and Egotism in Love: Comparing Doubt and Angels in America The plays Doubt by J. P. Shanley and Angels in America by Tony Kushner challenge interpretations surrounding the politics of love. Both plays tangle matters of the heart and mind, which figuratively interplay in character relationships to relay precepts of love. In spite of this similarity, the plays differ in how love is essentially attitudinally defined and perceived. Doubt depicts love as a static entity that is grounded in…

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    His Plays Over the years, countless people have expressed doubt as to William Shakespeare being the true author of all of his works. These doubts are as old as his plays. Henry James, an American author, once said, "I am haunted by the conviction that the divine William is the biggest and the most successful fraud ever practiced on a patient world.” Alternately, an author by the name of Calvin Hoffman was certain that Shakespeare was very likely "the author of the most magnificent English…

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    William Shakespeare, known as “Bard of Avon”, was and is still regarded as the greatest writer in the English language. He is often called England’s national poet. Shakespeare was an English poet, playwright, actor, dramatist, and many other theatre occupations. His works within the arts have diversified from over 38 plays, 154 sonnets, narrative poems, and verses all being translated into several living languages. Famous plays like Romeo & Juliet and Henry have been idolized within the arts for…

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    In this essay I will discuss how the power of drama and theatre affected the Renaissance. I intend to go through the changes of the theatre at this time, and how these changes came about. I will examine whether the power structure shifted during the Renaissance and I question as to who held the power to make changes in theatre. I will use the examples of Sir Thomas More and Doctor Faustus by Christopher Marlowe to illustrate the changes that occurred in theatre during the Renaissance period.…

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    Chinese American playwright who has a wife named Kathryn and two kids named Eva and Noah. Hwang, born and raised in Los Angeles, attended Stanford University and got his BA in English then attended Yale School of Drama. While attending Stanford, Hwang wrote his first play “Fresh Off the Boat” in 1979 which went on to win the OBIE award for best new American play. Hwang went on to write a number of plays, including “Chinglish” (2011), “Yellow Face” (2008), “Golden Child” (1998), “The Dance…

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    Samuel Beckett and Harold Pinter are two powerful dramatist of post modern times. They talk about existential crisis in their dramas. In fact, both Beckett and Pinter are associated with absurd movement. The absurd movement describes the meaninglessness and uncertainty of human life. This movement was influenced by existential philosophy of Sartre, Camus and Heidegger. Martin Asslin’s book The Theatre of Absurd is an authentic discussion on the theme of absurdism as presented by post modern…

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    Realism which deals with the presentation of things as they are in reality, has found immense presentation in the works of several poets and playwrights especially from the late 19th century to the present day. These writers are in a sense iconoclasts, who want to bring before man the real picture of life and society in their true hue and colour. For them life is never a bed of roses, in fact, they always intend to focus on the hardships and struggles of common man. The Romanticists have always…

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