History MindScrew / Theatre

17th Nov '16 1:29:15 AM PaulA
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** His first play, ''The Bald Soprano''. Inspired by the inanity of the phrases found within an English-French phrase book the play contains bizarre speech patterns, unusual repetition, faulty logic, a spontaneous and unpredictable clock, a married couple who don't know each other, and a rather overdone argument concerning doorbells. The play is hilarious, but it's always hard to tell which parts are purely humorous and which are symbolic. [[spoiler:There is no bald soprano.[[note]]She gets mentioned once near the end of the play, before a character's exit, after which point the dialogue between the remaining ones delves into complete NonSequitur.[[/note]]]]

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** His first play, ''The Bald Soprano''.''Theatre/TheBaldSoprano''. Inspired by the inanity of the phrases found within an English-French phrase book the play contains bizarre speech patterns, unusual repetition, faulty logic, a spontaneous and unpredictable clock, a married couple who don't know each other, and a rather overdone argument concerning doorbells. The play is hilarious, but it's always hard to tell which parts are purely humorous and which are symbolic. [[spoiler:There is no bald soprano.[[note]]She gets mentioned once near the end of the play, before a character's exit, after which point the dialogue between the remaining ones delves into complete NonSequitur.[[/note]]]]
17th Nov '16 12:22:29 AM PaulA
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** For that matter, anything written by other [[{{Absurdism}} Absurdist]] playwrights - Eugene Ionesco, Arthur Adamov, Creator/HaroldPinter, Jean Genet.

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** For that matter, anything written by other [[{{Absurdism}} Absurdist]] playwrights - Eugene Ionesco, Creator/EugeneIonesco, Arthur Adamov, Creator/HaroldPinter, Jean Genet.



* Eugene Ionesco, like most [[{{Absurdism}} absurdists]], did this excellently. While some of his plays were actually strange and elaborate metaphors (like how everyone turning into Rhinocerouss in Rhinoceros was analogous to the support of Nazis within France), some were just weird.
** His first play, the Bald Soprano. Inspired by the inanity of the phrases found within an English-French phrase book the play contains bizarre speech patterns, unusual repetition, faulty logic, a spontaneous and unpredictable clock, a married couple who don't know each other, and a rather overdone argument concerning doorbells. The play is hilarious, but it's always hard to tell which parts are purely humorous and which are symbolic. [[spoiler:There is no bald soprano.[[note]]She gets mentioned once near the end of the play, before a character's exit, after which point the dialogue between the remaining ones delves into complete NonSequitur.[[/note]]]]

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* Eugene Ionesco, Creator/EugeneIonesco, like most [[{{Absurdism}} absurdists]], did this excellently. While some of his plays were actually strange and elaborate metaphors (like how everyone turning into Rhinocerouss in Rhinoceros ''Theatre/{{Rhinoceros}}'' was analogous to the support of Nazis within France), some were just weird.
** His first play, the ''The Bald Soprano.Soprano''. Inspired by the inanity of the phrases found within an English-French phrase book the play contains bizarre speech patterns, unusual repetition, faulty logic, a spontaneous and unpredictable clock, a married couple who don't know each other, and a rather overdone argument concerning doorbells. The play is hilarious, but it's always hard to tell which parts are purely humorous and which are symbolic. [[spoiler:There is no bald soprano.[[note]]She gets mentioned once near the end of the play, before a character's exit, after which point the dialogue between the remaining ones delves into complete NonSequitur.[[/note]]]]
7th Jun '16 12:39:28 AM Ereiam
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** His first play, the Bald Soprano. Inspired by the inanity of the phrases found within an English-French phrase book the play contains bizarre speech patterns, unusual repetition, faulty logic, a spontaneous and unpredictable clock, a married couple who don't know each other, and a rather overdone argument concerning doorbells. The play is hilarious, but it's always hard to tell which parts are purely humorous and which are symbolic. [[spoiler:There is no bald soprano.]]

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** His first play, the Bald Soprano. Inspired by the inanity of the phrases found within an English-French phrase book the play contains bizarre speech patterns, unusual repetition, faulty logic, a spontaneous and unpredictable clock, a married couple who don't know each other, and a rather overdone argument concerning doorbells. The play is hilarious, but it's always hard to tell which parts are purely humorous and which are symbolic. [[spoiler:There is no bald soprano.]][[note]]She gets mentioned once near the end of the play, before a character's exit, after which point the dialogue between the remaining ones delves into complete NonSequitur.[[/note]]]]
29th Jul '15 12:02:58 PM TrustBen
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* Tennessee Williams' ''Camino Real'', or at least parts of it.

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* Tennessee Williams' Creator/TennesseeWilliams' ''Camino Real'', or at least parts of it.
29th Jul '15 8:29:54 AM LahmacunKebab
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* Arthur M. Jolly's ''A Gulag Mouse''. The play mostly takes place in a bunkhouse, where the lead character argues and fights with four other women, before leading them in a daring escape attempt. In the final scene, [[spoiler: she meets her son, now grown, who tells her she has been in solitary for twelve years.]]. There are several interpretations for the ending, some saying that the final scene is only a dream, and that she is in fact freezing to death after escaping.

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* Arthur M. Jolly's ''A Gulag Mouse''. The play mostly takes place in a bunkhouse, where the lead character argues and fights with four other women, before leading them in a daring escape attempt. In the final scene, [[spoiler: she meets her son, now grown, who tells her she has been in solitary for twelve years.]]. There are several interpretations for the ending, some saying that the final scene is only a dream, and that she is in fact freezing to death after escaping.
25th Jan '15 8:36:15 AM LordGro
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* August Strindberg's ''Ghost Sonata'' is this combined with NightmareFuel. "She sucks all the gravy out of the food and replaces it with water."

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* August Strindberg's Creator/AugustStrindberg's ''Ghost Sonata'' is this combined with NightmareFuel. "She sucks all the gravy out of the food and replaces it with water."
6th Jan '15 8:00:29 AM bnk01
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* Arthur M. Jolly's ''A Gulag Mouse''. The play mostly takes place in a bunkhouse, where the lead character argues and fights with four other women, before leading them in a daring escape attempt. In the final scene, [[spoiler: she meets her son, now grown, who tells her she has been in solitary for twelve years.]]. There are several interpretations for the ending, some saying that the final scene is only a dream, and that she is in fact freezing to death after escaping.



* Anything by Sam Shepherd.

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* Anything by Sam Shepherd.
19th Nov '14 9:40:57 AM Logograph
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* Any play written by Creator/Samuel eckett, with ''{{Waiting for Godot}}'' probably being the most well-known example.

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* Any play written by Creator/Samuel eckett, Creator/SamuelBeckett, with ''{{Waiting for Godot}}'' probably being the most well-known example.
5th Nov '14 10:52:58 AM ParanoiaAgent
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** Strindberg's infamous ''A Dream Play'' anticipated surrealism and has a RandomEventsPlot with [[WorldOfHam expressionistic overacting]].
25th Jun '14 11:46:27 PM SeptimusHeap
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* {{Harold Pinter}}'s ''Old Times''. A wife and husband (Kate and Deely) invite a guest (Anna) over for dinner and talk for the remainder of the story. The ending implies that Anna doesn't actually exist.

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* {{Harold Creator/{{Harold Pinter}}'s ''Old Times''. A wife and husband (Kate and Deely) invite a guest (Anna) over for dinner and talk for the remainder of the story. The ending implies that Anna doesn't actually exist.
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