The Beauty of the Ten-Minute Play

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Thomas 1 Meredith Thomas Professor Orr English 102, 004 20 July 2009 The Beauty of the Ten-Minute Play Jane Martin, author of Beauty , is often referred to as “America’s best known, unknown playwright.” Because she has never made a public appearance, many believe Jane Martin to be a pseudonym for the mysterious writer (A Brief History of Jane Martin). Though her identity is a mystery, Beauty has all of the usual characteristics of a typical ten-minute play. The play’s wanting-what-someone-else-has theme is very popular among writers, but Martin has a slightly different twist. Beauty follows many of the standards that are found in most ten-minute plays. With a limited time to develop the plot, the playwright has no time for an exposition and has to begin with the problem to captivate the audience. Martin does this successfully when she begins with the beautiful Carla turning down a marriage proposal from a stranger. This provides both comedy and an introduction into Carla’s life and her personality. The ten minute time frame
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This note was uploaded on 09/19/2011 for the course ENGL 101 taught by Professor Butler during the Spring '08 term at South Carolina.

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