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The Plays of Strindberg: Volume 1

by August Strindberg

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Series: The Plays of Strindberg (Volume 1)

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Excellent selection of plays, provided chronologically, which illustrates Strindberg's evolution from hyper-naturalism ("The Father", "Miss Julie") to symbolist drama ("Storm" and, especially, "The Ghost Sonata.") Strindberg on the page, though, is never adequate to Strindberg on the stage. Strindberg deals with elemental emotions, guilt, jealousy, vengefulness, in what can seem overly explicit and un-nuanced when one is simply reading the lines to oneself. The characters seem to be operating on the verge (frequently over the verge) of hysteria and the dramas (even the comedies) of power & dominance (especially between the sexes) can seem almost embarrassingly simplistic. In performance, though there is certainly embarrassment enough, it all translates into riveting theater. My advice to readers is to stay imaginatively engaged, keep making the effort, and give the playwright the benefit of any doubt. ( )
  jburlinson | May 31, 2009 |
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The second volume of Strindberg's Plays This volume contains five of Strindberg's best-known plays from his 'inferno period'. The expressionist masterpiece A Dream Play (1901), which he described as 'my most beloved play, child of my greatest pain'; and both parts of The Dance of Death (1900), a terrifying analysis of a tormented marriage. This volume aslo contains all three parts of To Damascus (1898-1904), in which Strindberg depicts himself as ??the Stranger,?? a wanderer seeking spiritual peace.… (more)

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