WAITING FOR GODOT: A CASEBOOK “If I knew [what it meant], I would have said so in the play.” — Samuel Beckett 2 Samuel (Barclay) Beckett (1906-1989) Irish novelist and playwright, one of the great names of Absurd Theatre with Eugéne Ionesco, although recent study regards Beckett as postmodernist. His plays are concerned with human suffering and survival, and his characters are struggling with meaninglessness and the world of the Nothing. Beckett was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature
Perspectives and Criticism The 1950’s through the 1970’s saw the rise of one of the most important movements in modern British theater: the Kitchen Sink drama. These types of plays had several characteristics that distinguished them as a break from the forms of theater before them. They can be compared against theatrical movements such as avant garde theater, or the theater of the absurd, characterized by the plays of authors such as Samuel Beckett. Perhaps the first, and most notable, characteristic
work in the “here and now.” Eva Leveton has published many articles and three books: A Clinician’s Guide to Psychodrama and Adolescent Crisis: Family Counseling Approaches, both published by Springer Publishing Company; and a memoir, Eva’s Berlin, Memories of a
A History of Rock Criticism By Robert Christgau When do we say television becomes a cultural reality? Around 1948, right? And when did The New York Times radio columnist Jack Gould begin his move to TV coverage? November 16, 1947, with a review of the Theatre Guild production of a play called John Flaherty. Nor was Gould alone. John Crosby of the New York Herald Tribune was only the most prominent of countless TV critics scattered at dailies nationwide by the early ’50s. When do we
Jan 10, 2006 Fences | Introduction The first staged reading of August Wilson's play Fences occurred in 1983 at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center's National Playwright's Conference. Wilson's drama opened at the Yale Repertory Theatre in 1985 and on Broadway at the 46th Street Theatre in 1987. Fences was well-received, winning four Antionette ("Tony") Perry Awards, including best play. The work also won the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award, the Pulitzer Prize, and the John Gassner Outer Critics'
The story of Alabama Football Outline I. Alabama Football Overview A. Beginning Years 1. 1892 2. 1897 and 1898 3. 1907 Auburn/Alabama Games 4. 1930 Elephant Story 5. 1951 Hall of Fame II. Paul Bear Bryant A. Childhood 1. Wrestling Bear 2. Eighth Grade Football 3. Scholarship to Alabama B. Adulthood 1. Playing NFL 2. Assistant Coaching at Alabama 3. Pearl Harbor C. Coaching Career 1. University of Maryland 2. University of Kentucky 3. Texas A&M University 4. University
Chekhov's 'The Cherry Orchard' is set in Russia at a time of great political and social change. Chekhov might be seen as giving us a portrait of a society at a particular and decisive moment in history. On the other hand, many critics believe the lasting value of Chekhov's work might be in what he writes about people that transcends an historical moment. What does the play illustrate about Chekhov's view of Russian society at the turn of the century? and what does the play tell us about Chekhov's
total realism" so that the abnormality of life depicted in the play will have greater impact. The fact that the play is set on a college campus, the supposed seat of learning and discipline, gives further irony to the play. The play actually takes place in less than a day, adhering to Aristotle's principle of time. Yet the time of day is important. It begins in the early hours of the day before dawn and ends at sunrise. This time of night is connotated with eerie events and dream-like existence.
Beckett’s Company: the individual? That model of selfhood constituted by a history of experiences? Or a historical concept, passé to Beckettian forms of subjectivity? Company signals an end to the tradition of ‘the individual’, that oneness synthesising memory, imagination, voice, body and consciousness. There is no such united being in the fragmented parts of this text. Given that the personalised notion of the individual is intimately related to singularity and isolation, the state of being ‘alone’