American Theatre pre-WWII

American Theatre pre-WWII - American Theatre preWorld War...

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  American Theatre pre-World War II o From 1900=1940 o Realism had set in and people expected plays to have realistic settings o 1915 - America catches up. We get all the innovations that Europe already had. We get all the artistic inovation Theathre moves out of the 1800's into the 1900's Arts movements are big Theatre is still commerical, a money making thing The most popular form of theatre was Revue A perfomance of comedy sketches and musical numbers o 1929- Movies get sound "talkies" and theatre declines o In the 1920's was a time of "good times " with all the new music, and theatre, and  arts     o 1930's the great depression Major American Playwrights Elmer Rice Plays in verse Maxwell Anderson Plays in verse Thornton Wilder Our Town A town in New Hampsire, with a couple that falls in  love. A celebration of American Life Lillian Hellman Plays about Social problems of the day The Children's hour Status of the Family  Sophie Treadwell Plays about Social problems of the day Status of the women Clifford Odets His work was very social (communisium) and political.  His Plays tried to inspire people to action.  Odets plays did spur on social change
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  Eugene O'Neill Plays Anna Christie Desire Under the Elms Mourning Becomes Electra The Hairy Ape The Emperor Jones  The Iceman Cometh A long day's Journey into Night His opion was that Theatre could be high art He wrote in multiple styles and forms Retellings of greek tragdies, Realistic, and many others
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