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ERIC Number: ED097720
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Feb
Pages: 17
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Modern Drama--Illusion: The Recall to Sanity.
Spottswood, Sara
Four twentieth century playwrights--Pirandello, Giraudoux, O'Neill, and Albee--differed in their solutions to the human dilemma and in their philosophic apprehensions of human dilemma, but all four showed interest in the basic concerns of all humanity: body and soul, appearance and reality, the real and the ideal. Albee, the only one of the four now living, professes a radically different approach to what the theater arts should be about. However, he does reveal some similarity to the other three. He feels man's existence is absurd because of its lack of purpose. Pirandello's "Henry IV," 1922, makes explicit the enigma of existence as well as the duality of personality. Eugene O'Neill's plays are concerned with illusion and reality for two reasons: he was interested in man's relationship with God and in man's finding himself. Thus, he innovated endlessly with the mask as a means of man's finding himself in the real world while maintaining his spiritual and mystical kinship with the world of imagination. Jean Giraudoux was somewhat anachronistic in that he neither worshipped the past (ancient myth) nor followed the herd (allied himself with the Theater of the Absurd). (SW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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