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18321. Review of a Stage Performance of “Rent - the Musical”.

This paper reviews a Broadway performance of the musical Rent (music and lyrics by Jonathan Larson). The paper discusses the style of the work, refers to memorable musical selections, assesses the performance and its emotional impact, and considers the universality of its themes. The paper also addresses the use of a happy ending, in contrast to the tragic ending of La Boheme (the original source of the musical’s story). KEYWORDS: music Broadway musical review. MLA Style. 5 pages, 4 footnotes in text, 3 bibliographic sources.

17305. “the Glass Menagerie” by Tennessee Williams.

This paper presents a review and analysis of Williams’ play, focusing on the theme of escaping reality, the desires of the main characters, and the symbolic meaning of the title of the play. KEYWORDS: drama Williams American South. 6 pages, 12 footnotes, 1 bibliographic source. 1,401 words.

17051. "West Side Story".

Based on a viewing of the 1961 film version of the musical West Side Story, this paper describes how the songs and singing of the character Maria are used to express her emotional state of mind. Includes discussion of the musical interval known as the ‘tritone’, and the expression of such feelings as love, hope, irony, sadness, and anger. Keywords: popular musicals emotions. 5 pages; 10 footnotes; 4 bibliographic sources. 1,526 words.

17042. "A Midsummer Night's Dream" (Benjamin Britten) (Opera Review).

This paper presents a review of this 1960 opera, which was based on Shakespeare’s play. Using examples from the opera, the paper discusses how orchestration and other musical elements are used to contribute to mood, humor, and characterization. Keywords: Shakespeare opera humor Britten. 5 pages; 14 footnotes; 5 bibliographic sources. 1,422 words.

15970. "The Crucible" and "After the Fall" by Arthur Miller (Drama Review).

This paper discusses how these two Arthur Miller Plays use law as a theme. Both plays relate to the anti-Communist McCarthy investigations of the 1950s. In addition, both plays show the legal process to be ineffective in attaining ‘truth’ and ‘justice,’ and in dealing with emotions. In both plays, the main characters end of ‘judging’ themselves. Keywords: fiction red baiting fifties McCarthyism. 11 pages; 35 footnotes; 8 bibliographic sources. 2,519 words.

15211. Long Day's Journey Into Night (Eugene O'neill).

Discusses the psychological make-up of James Tyrone, and how his actions in the past continue to influence him and his family in the present of the play. Despite the problems, there are still signs of bonds between Tyrone and the other family members. 7 pages, 13 footnotes, 1 bibliographic reference.

15001. "Bus Stop' by William Inge.

Examines dramatic elements of character, plot, setting, themes, movement and symbolism in Inge's 1955 melodrama. Sees the hit play as old-fashioned and overly symbolic in its depiction of Midwestern humanity in search of love. 10 pages, 14 footnotes, 5 bibliographic references.

13689. Arthur Miller's the Crucible:

A CRITIQUE OF McCARTHYISM. Compares the actions of Miller in the McCarthy period and of his character John Proctor in The Crucible, in terms of their response to the preservation of liberty in the face of a growing repression. 6 pages, 9 footnotes, 5 bibliographic sources.

13266. The Character Margaret in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Tennessee Williams).

Discusses her struggles in restoring her relationship with Brick and inheriting Big Daddy's plantation. Describes how her character relates to the themes of death and lies, and notes that although she is desperate, she is also vital, determined, and persistent. 11 pages, 51 footnotes, 8 bibliographic sources.

13076. A Streetcar Named Desire (Tennessee Williams).

How the characters Blanche and Stella are affected by and dependent on their environment. Blanche is torn between the memories of her childhood home and the reality of her life in the home of Stanley; Stella suffers under the domination of both Blanche and Stanley, despite her efforts to fit into the brutal world of her husband. 6 pages, 24 footnotes, 3 bibliographic sources.

13070. Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Edward Albee).

A paper on how Nick and Honey change during the course of the play. Describes the parallels between the couple and their hosts, including their denial over the inability to have children. Also argues that, at the end of the play, there are signs that Nick and Honey have learned from their experience. 6 pages, 30 footnotes, 4 bibliographic sources.

12474. Elements of Dramatic Discourse in "Oleanna" (Mamet)

Examines the use of plot, character, exposition, dialogue and major themes in Mamet's 1992 play "Oleanna" about academic freedom and political correctness on campus. 11 pages, 16 footnotes, 3 bibliographic sources.

12473. Symbolism in the Glass Menagerie and Death of a Salesman.

Compares the use of symbolism and surrealism in plays by Tennessee Williams and Arthur Miller. The theme of the parent's failure to realize the American Dream is explored in detail, and Miller's play is preferred as the more complex and fully human drama. 5 pages, 6 footnotes, 2 bibliographic sources.

11213. "Death of a Salesman" by Arthur Miller.

Looks at the depiction of American values and life in Miller's play about the desperation of a typical lower-class family in the 1950s. 5 pages, 5 footnotes, 1 bibliographic source.

10646. Containment in Two Plays.

Looks at the parallels between the cold war policy of containment of communism and the role of "domestic containment" in "Death of a Salesman" and "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf." 5 pages, 6 footnotes, 2 bibliographic sources.

10215. Three Formative Periods in Black Theater.

Looks at the Harlem Renaissance, the New Deal Federal Theater Project, and the Civil rights era of black militancy as seminal influences in the development of Black American theater. Plays by Thurman, Hughes, Hansberry, Baldwin, Jones and others are cited. 12 pages, 24 footnotes, 10 bibliographic sources.

09805. Amadeus: The Screenplay Versus the Stageplay.

Analyzes the variations between the stage and screen versions of Peter Shaffer's play, considering differences in setting, plot, and theme. 5 pages, 4 footnotes, 1 bibliographic source.

09170. Golden Boy by Clifford Odets: A Modern Revival.

A highly critical review of a live production of Odets' play. The structure of the play and the believability of the characters are critiqued. 6 pages, 0 footnotes, 0 bibliographic source.

09169. "Golden Boy" by Clifford Odets: A Modern Revival.

A thoughtful consideration of how Odets' play could be effectively updated for the modern stage. Contends that such an update requires a complete 180-degree reversal of the characters and their ambitions, although the plot and dialogue could be left intact. 5 pages, 0 footnotes, l bibliographic source.

09168. "The Zoo Story" by Edward Albee.

The minimalist elements of Albee's 1959 one-act, two-man play are discussed. 5 pages, 6 footnotes, l bibliographic source.

08703. Willy Loman as a Tragic Figure in "Death of a Salesman".

An analysis of Arthur Miller's lead character in Death of a Salesman, examining his tragic qualities in terms of Aristotle's definitions. 5 pages, 6 footnotes, 2 bibliographic sources.

08610. Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesman".

Looks at the father-son relationships in Arthur Miller's modern tragedy. 5 pages, 7 footnotes in text, 1 bibliographic source.

07552. Eugene Ionesco's "Rhinoceros".

Summary and critique of this play and its hero Berenger who at first seems spineless and uninteresting, but in the end is the only character to keep his identity while other turn into rhinoceroses (an allegory for the unthinking conformist majority). 6 pages, 1 footnotes, 1 bibliographic source. Notes in text.

07189. The Masks of the Great God Brown.

The psychological forms used by Eugene O'Neill in his drama of two friends whose identities are intermingled are explored; O'Neill's debt to Freud and Jung in particular is demonstrated. 19 pages, 25 footnotes, 16 bibliographic sources.

06554. "Twelfth Night" (Shakespeare), "Wild Oats" (O'keeffe), and "Death of a Salesman" (Miller): A Comparison.

The themes of identities lost and found are compared in three plays from different eras. Shakespeare's romance, O'Keefee's comedy and Miller's tragedy are seen as having the same unreal qualities in the characters' abilities to change roles and personalities. KEYWORDS: shakespeare o'keefe miller characterizations wild oats twelfth night death of a salesman. 9 pages, 0 footnotes, 3 bibliographic sources. Notes in text.

06334. "The Crucible" by Arthur Miller.

A critique of Miller's play about witch-hunting and moral responsibility in 17th Century Massachusetts. John, Goody and Elizabeth are analyzed in terms of characterization. 5 pages, 5 footnotes, 1 bibliographic source.

06050. "A Raisin in the Sun" - a Play by Lorraine Hansberry.

A review of Hansberry's play about a poor black family's aspirations to have a better life and their disillusionment. 5 pages, 1 footnote, 1 bibliographic source. Notes in text.

05789. Biff Loman as a Foil to His Father Willy in Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesman".

Biff is seen as a focus for Willy Loman's confusion and the delusions of both characters are examined. 5 pages, 6 footnotes in text, 1 bibliographic source.

03873. Character, Setting and Plot in Four Plays (Miller; Williams; O’Neill; Beckett).

Good comparison of Miller's "Death of a Salesman", Williams' "A Streetcar Named Desire", O'Neill's "Long Day's Journey into Night" and Beckett's "Endgame." Shows how character, setting and plot are used to fulfill Aristotle's dictum that a tragic play must inspire recognition of the character or situation to bring about pity or fear in the beholder. 7 pages, 9 footnotes, 9 bibliographic sources.

02460. In New England Winter and Goin' a Buffalo by Ed Bullins.

Two plays by a noted black playwright are considered; the main characters and their lifestyles are viewed as social commentary. 3p., Of., Ob.

02459. The Dead Sea Scrolls.

Good study of the Dead Sea scrolls revealing the religion of the Essenes in Palestine at the time of Christ. Concentrates convincingly on the evidence that Jesus plagarized his best concepts from the Essenes. Notes the reluctance of either Jewish or Christian theologians to study the Scrolls and be forced to admit their cherished notions can be much more simply explained. 9 page, 7 footnotes, 3 bibliographic sources.

01963. The Uroboros in the Glass Menagerie.

A psychological examination of the character Laura in the Tennesse Williams play, treating the development of her psyche as an expression of the ancient myth of creation of the worm Uroboros. Themes from Neumern's The Origins and History of Consciousness are employed for analytical purposes. lOp., Of., lb.

01939. A Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams.

The nature of illusion and reality is examined in William's play; the characters and settings of the America of the 1930's are examined as illusory myths, and the roles of Tom, Laura, Aernda and Jim are examined. lOp., Of., Ob.

01775. The Theatre Dymamic.

A look at the evolution of theatre design and staging concepts in the twentieth century; the development from naturalism to the interaction of performance today is considered in light of the historical, philosophical and experimental trends of the last seventy-five years. 8p., llf., 4b.

01394. "Beyond the Alps": A Poem by Robert Lowell.

A descriptive essay on a poem by Lowell recounting a train ride from Rome to Paris. The religious vision and satirical mysticism are remarked upon. 3 pages, 0 footnotes, 0 bibliographic sources.

01079. Clay and Lulu in Dutchman.

The leading characters in Leroi Jones' one-act drama are described and analyzed. 3p., Of., Ob.

00449. The Role of the Indian in American Drama.

17 pages, 46 footnotes, 7 bibliographic sources. See Literature: American Drama, Section 14D.

00442. A Taste of Honey by Shelagh Delaney.

The themes of squalid city life and ironic sexuality in the two-act play are discussed, and the roles of the characters delineated. 5p., Of., Ob.

00207. The Sandbox by Edward Albee.

A brief review of the absurd themes and characterizations of Albee's play seen as a view of American life. 3 pages, 0 footnotes, 0 bibliographic sources.

53356. Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf by Edward Albee.

An examination of the interrelationships of the four principal characters of Albee's play; the exchange of roles of victim and aggressor is noted. 5p., Of., Ob.

16089. Tne Goodman Theatre.

An investigation of the impact and influence of a classic repertory theatre in Chicago as a progressive force in professional theatre outside New York; factors contributing to its success are considered. 5p., Of., Ob.

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