History DownerEnding / Theater

27th Jul '16 5:07:04 PM KingClark
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* ''Theatre/{{Cabaret}}''. The Nazis are in power, Cliff flees Berlin and what looks to be his only chance at a family, Sally has a mental breakdown, and the BetaCouple falls apart for the very practical reason that one of them is Jewish. Oh, and in some productions, it's implied that the Emcee ends up as a victim of the Holocaust (Usually with the blatant implication that it was because he's gay). Musicals are such light-hearted fun, ja?

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* ''Theatre/{{Cabaret}}''. The Nazis are in power, Cliff flees Berlin and what looks to be his only chance at a family, Sally has a mental breakdown, and the BetaCouple falls apart for the very practical reason that one of them is Jewish. Oh, and in some productions, it's implied that the Emcee ends up as a victim of the Holocaust (Usually (usually with the blatant implication that it was because he's gay). Musicals are such light-hearted fun, ja?
22nd Jun '16 5:55:39 PM DeadSkunk
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* TheMisanthrope: Célimène is revealed to have been playing all her suitors, Alceste rejects her offer of marriage and is determined to become a hermit. The BetaCouple expresses their intent to talk him down, but then the play [[NoEnding just ends]].
24th May '16 8:02:24 PM lilysakura220
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* ''Theatre/{{Wicked}}''. Yeah Elphaba and Fiyero are alive, but they have to leave their homes, he's stuck as a scarecrow, Glinda is now all alone with every single person she's ever been close to dead or in jail, Nessa is dead, Boq is a tin man and the Wizard had his world shattered by Glinda's revelation. Irreversible.

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* ''Theatre/{{Wicked}}''. Yeah Yeah, Elphaba and Fiyero are alive, but they have to leave their homes, Oz forever, he's stuck as a scarecrow, Glinda is now all alone with every single person she's ever been close to dead dead, believed to be dead, or in jail, Nessa is dead, Boq is a tin man and the Wizard had his world shattered by Glinda's revelation. Irreversible.



** Ha, you think thats bad, in the novel version, Fiyero is killed off half way, Elphaba goes partly mad with grief and depression, calls Glinda a traitor and abandons her, all her animal companions are killed off, she fails to rescue her half-niece from the Wizard, kills her Nanny, and then accidentally get killed by Dorothy and the wizard gets to fly away happy. The worst part is Elpheba is forever remembered afterwards as the "wicked witch", eternally being remembered as the personification of evil.

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** Ha, you think thats that's bad, in the novel version, Fiyero is killed off half way, Elphaba goes partly mad with grief and depression, calls Glinda a traitor and abandons her, all her animal companions are killed off, she fails to rescue her half-niece from the Wizard, kills her Nanny, and then accidentally get gets killed by Dorothy and the wizard gets to fly away happy. The worst part is Elpheba Elphaba is forever remembered afterwards as the "wicked witch", eternally being remembered as the personification of evil.
9th Jan '16 12:01:48 PM StFan
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* To Creator/WilliamShakespeare, a "tragedy" meant "play with a tragic ending for the protagonist", so most of his tragedies count. (''Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet'' is the best example) but not all, seeing as plays with a VillainProtagonist counted too. (Many of them, like ''Theater/{{Macbeth}}'' were tragic because the story involved a FallenHero who was corrupted by evil, and while the endings were rarely all-too happy, they still ended with a better ending than most examples here.)

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* To Creator/WilliamShakespeare, a "tragedy" meant "play with a tragic ending for the protagonist", so most of his tragedies count. (''Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet'' is the best example) but not all, seeing as plays with a VillainProtagonist counted too. (Many of them, like ''Theater/{{Macbeth}}'' ''Theatre/{{Macbeth}}'' were tragic because the story involved a FallenHero who was corrupted by evil, and while the endings were rarely all-too happy, they still ended with a better ending than most examples here.)
9th Aug '15 2:28:41 PM Thereisnodana
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**** And then there's Chava and Fyedka, who are on their way to Krakow.

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**** And then there's As are Chava and Fyedka, who are on their way to Krakow.
24th Jul '15 4:25:36 PM nombretomado
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* ''MerrilyWeRollAlong'', being BackToFront, has a Downer Ending in the beginning, where it's played for dark humor. Coincidentally (?), it's also a StephenSondheim musical.

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* ''MerrilyWeRollAlong'', ''Theatre/MerrilyWeRollAlong'', being BackToFront, has a Downer Ending in the beginning, where it's played for dark humor. Coincidentally (?), it's also a StephenSondheim musical.
30th Aug '14 11:37:44 AM cococrisp
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** Though, one may argue that this is worse, seeing as Juliet ddn't have to live with the crippling grief of losing her love for long...

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** Though, one may argue that this is worse, seeing as Juliet ddn't didn't have to live with the crippling grief of losing her love for long...
29th Aug '14 10:15:21 AM ParanoiaAgent
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* Friedrich Dürrenmatt gave us this quote: ''"A story is not finished, until it has taken the worst turn"''.
23rd Jul '14 3:53:02 AM SorrelAnne
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* By the end of ''Theatre/{{Road}}'', none of the characters have achieved anything - but Joey and Clare are dead.
22nd Jul '14 7:01:28 AM jth
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* ''Theatre/AnTriail'' ("The Trial") is an Irish play from the 1960s with a downer plot. The play intercuts between a court where a woman called Máire is on trial and flashbacks of the tragic circumstances that lead her there - she's seduced, impregnated and abandoned by a married man, shunned by her family, left unemployable and socially ostracised as an unmarried mother. In the end, it is revealed that the trial is a posthumous trial for a murder-suicide - spurned one final time by the father of her child, Máire kills herself and her baby with natural gas from an oven. To complete the downer ending, the various characters who treated her badly during the play all testify at the trial, and refuse to acknowledge that they did anything wrong or bear any responsibility for her death.
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