Both in overall conception and in staging, August Strindberg’s play resonates with Expressionist attitudes toward the representation of interior states. The structure of the play also reflects those attitudes, as Strindberg altered it to remove the traditional division into acts. It calls attention to the playwright’s challenge to social conventions attached to creative realms. A smoothly flowing plot is replaced with episodes that jump through time, so that characters may age several years within a few minutes.
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