Amedee, The New Tenant, Victims of Duty

Amedee, The New Tenant, Victims of Duty

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The author of such modern classics as The Bald Soprano, Exit the King, Rhinoceros, and The Chairs, EugAune Ionesco is a€œone of the most important and influential figures in the modern theatera€ (Library Journal). This crucial collection combines The New Tenant with AmAcdAce and Victims of Dutya€”the plays Richard Gilman has called, along with The Killer, Ionescoa€™s a€œgreatest plays, works of the same solidity, fulness, and permanence as [those of] his predecessors in the dramatic revolution that began with Ibsen and is still going on.a€ In AmAcdAce, the title character and his wife have a problema€”not so much the corpse in their bedroom as the fact that ita€™s been there for fifteen years and is now growing, slowly but surely crowding them out of their apartment. In The New Tenant a similar crowding is caused by an excess of furniturea€”as Harold Hobson said in the London Times, a€œthere is not a dramatist . . . who can make furniture speak as eloquently as Ionesco, and here he makes it the perfect, the terrifying symbol of the deranged mind.a€ In Victims of Duty, Ionesco parodies the conformity of modern life by plunging his characters into an obscure search for a€œMallot with a t.a€ In these as in all his plays, Ionesco poses and solves his tragicomic dilemmas with the brilliant blend of gravity and hilarity that is the hallmark of the absurdist theater.THE GENTLEMAN is seated, motionless, hat on head, facing the audience; the two FURNITURE MOVERS make their ... purple on the right, as high as the doors themselves, apparently the backs of tall, wide wardrobes; synchronizing theiranbsp;...

Title:Amedee, The New Tenant, Victims of Duty
Author: Eugene Ionesco
Publisher:Grove/Atlantic, Inc. - 2015-03-31

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