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Adversaries who are Not So Different in theatre.


  • 1776:
    • Edward Rutledge makes this clear to Jefferson and the North when they support an anti-slavery clause to the Declaration of Independence. First of all, Jefferson was also a slaveowner and second, most slave ships were captained by New Englanders. Rutledge describes exactly how the Triangle Trade moves in "Molasses to Rum" and then acts out a slave auction.
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    • In a more positive example, John Adams and the chief opponent of independence, John Dickinson. After spending the whole play fighting Adams and seemingly concerned more with material and financial reasons not to rebel, Dickinson finally stands alone against independence. He refuses to sign the Declaration out of conscience because he genuinely thinks it's the wrong path for the country, but because he wants to protect America even in a war that seems hopeless, he leaves Congress and joins the Army. (This is sort of how it actually happened.)
  • In The Complete History Of America Abridged, Rock Fury, Super GI, confronts Adolf Hitler:
    Rock: Your jig-dancing days are over, little man.
    Adolph: But vy? Vy?!
    Rock: In its greed and lust for power, Germany has tried to take over an entire continent.
    Eva: But isn't zat vut ze US did in Norze America?
    Rock: Wash your mouth with soap, little lady! Why, the US stopped land-grabbing over forty years ago. And there's a big difference between your land-grabbing and ours.
    Adolph: Vut's zat?
    Rock: We succeeded. Besides, we didn't try to wipe out an entire race of people!
    Eva: Vut about ze Indians?
    Rock: Well, we don't lock people away in concentration camps.
    Eva: Vut about ze Japanese-Americans on ze Vest Coast?
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  • Cyrano de Bergerac: Throught Act I and II, Jerkass Woobie, Renaissance Man Cyrano seemed radically different from Giftedly Bad, Butt-Monkey Raguenau. But after Raguenau’s Establishing Character Moment at Act II Scene IV, when he reveals he is perfectly conscientious of being a White Knight with his friends, the poets, but doesn’t care of the consequences because he is getting what he wants of them, Cyrano (whom in Act I has spent all his monthly pension paying for the tickets of the play he interrupted) recognizes an equal:
    Cyrano (clapping him on the shoulder): Friend, I like you right well!...
  • The interactive murder mystery Killing Mr. Withers has the villain singing to the Savings and Loan mogul he's trying to murder that they are really not so different from each other. Both of them make a living by ruining other people.
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  • Everyone in Oslo is sick and tired of the fighting between Israel and Palestine, and everyone wants a solution to the violence and the contention. Norwegian diplomat Mona Juul and her husband Terje Rød-Larsen spend most of their time trying to convince the negotiators that have tentatively agreed to participate in the 1993 peace talks that they all want the same thing (peace) — but it's not until the poignant Commonality Connection between negotiators Uri Savir and Ahmed Qurie that the negotiators start to believe them.
  • In Romeo and Juliet, the very first line establishes that the play is about "two households, both alike in dignity", and pretty much every comparison between the Capulet and Montague families points out that they have much more in common than not.
  • Trifles: As Mrs. Peters put it, "I know how things can be for women. We all go through the same thing, it's just a different kind of the same thing.", which is to say, though Mrs. Peters or Martha's (Mrs. Hale) husbands aren't as cruel as Minnie's husband (that we know), they are are all equally isolated, dismissed, and oppressed by society and their husbands.
  • In the musical Violet, both Violet and Flick have experienced being judged by their appearance.

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