dram 081 final

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Hatcher 1 Anne Randall Hatcher PID: 713640256 Dram 081 Final Exam 11 December 2007 1. The interesting thing about Royall Tyler’s “The Contrast” is that it contains very little plot, conflict, and character development. Almost as soon as the play begins, it concludes in a happy, comedic manner. Its intention is to measure the difference between dignity and folly; however, it does so in such a swift amount of time that the audience hardly has time to pause and realize it. The first professionally constructed comedy of an American citizen, “The Contrast,” no matter its intended purpose, was crucial to the development of American drama. In 1787, the dramatic bans were just being lifted; nothing controversial would have been allowed in the theater. Therefore, by using mild conflict, Tyler tested the waters and set the stage for other playwrights. From his work, all other American dramas have emerged. 2. The climax of Augustin Daly’s “Under the Gaslight” occurs at a remote train station. The first playwright to employ the use of a victim’s being tied to a train track, Daly created the perfect melodramatic scene. Impending doom is thwarted by the willful heroine to restore a peaceful status quo in an externally-conflicted society. Without this scene, Daly’s work would only be considered partially melodramatic and would never have received the praise and acclaim that it currently holds. This work serves as a segue from the mild comedy of manners genre into more innovative and essentially American dramatic masterpieces. 3. When Rogers and Hammerstein created their musical “Oklahoma!” In 1943, they started a new era. Before the story of Curly and Laurey’s romance, there only existed musicals such as “Whoopee!” whose songs were entertaining at best. “Oklahoma!” employed song lyrics as its dialogue for the first time in musical history. Not only was the play in itself innovative, but Rogers and Hammerstein addressed some pertinent issues to the post-war public. In the musical segment “The Farmer and the Cowman,” the two
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Hatcher 2 writers use both song and dance to express their ideas concerning the rivalries that existed between so many Americans in the 1940’s. Ultimately, I believe that this song embodies the musical’s overall message; at the conclusion, Laurey and Curly set aside their differences and “live happily ever after.” This ending was important to Americans because it showed that there
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