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Henrik Ibsen is sort of a big deal. Following William Shakespeare, he is the most frequently produced dramatist ever in history. A Norwegian playwright writing in the last half of the 19th century, Ibsen is known as "the father of modern drama." Because he wrote in a then new realist fashion -- covering everyday topics and ordinary folks -- he set the platform for many realist authors to come, among them the very famous Anton Chekhov. Ibsen demonstrated that with quite realistic settings,......Read More
Envision a super-constrictive time in history. Think appropriate social etiquette. Think mass hysteria which makes whole communities funny and paranoid. If, on the other hand, the very first image that popped into your head was of Salem's Anne Hale--bingo, you're 100% correct. This play is a comment on the claustrophobic Puritanical-code-of-conduct-fear-of-witches nonsense of Massachusetts from the 17th centuryand a comment on the claustrophobic, girdles-white-picket-fences-fear-of-Communists......Read More
One chilly and misty evening, a tiny boy meets an escaped offender on the marshes near England's coast. No, it is not the launching of a TV crime drama (though it may be)--it is the beginning of one of Charles Dickens' most renowned novels: Good Expectations. With two chapters Weekly, Great Expectations (along with other serialized novels like it) were as close as Victorian England got to Breaking Bad or Mad Men. People waited patiently each week to the next "incident" to arrive at the......Read More
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