Drama

A companion to twentieth-century American drama by David Krasner

By David Krasner

This significant other offers an unique and authoritative survey of twentieth-century American drama reviews, written by way of the very best students and critics within the box.

  • Balances attention of canonical fabric with dialogue of works via formerly marginalized playwrights
  • Includes reports of best dramatists, reminiscent of Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller, Eugene O'Neill and Gertrude Stein
  • Allows readers to make new hyperlinks among specific performs and playwrights
  • Examines the activities that framed the century, similar to the Harlem Renaissance, lesbian and homosexual drama, and the solo performances of the Eighties and Nineteen Nineties
  • Situates American drama inside better discussions approximately American rules and culture

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The Jewish King Lear has been described as being about the binding together of ‘‘antagonistic’’ generations (Prager 1996: 506). In the play, which opened in October 1892 at the Union Theatre, Lear is David Masheles, a wealthy Jewish businessman who has decided to divide his estate among three grown daughters and move with his wife to Palestine. In Act 2, Masheles’s daughters abuse him. Act 3 ends happily as parents and children reconcile. The play was performed in colloquial Yiddish, not the elevated daytsmerish.

4 The Boss (1911), Sheldon’s realistic melodrama of American business, follows the marriage of Michael Regan and Emily Griswold, whom Regan acquires as the settlement of a business arrangement. Regan has ‘‘swindled and blackjacked and knifed his way’’ to near dominance of the city’s shipping industry and threatens to devastate the Griswolds’ grain business by using the local press to expose their illegal financial dealings. He exhorts his only daughter from James Griswold; she selflessly accedes to the agreement, although for Emily, their marriage is indeed a ‘‘deal’’: it ‘‘stops at the door of the church’’ (Sheldon 1953: 885, 896).

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