John Guare Drama Analysis - Essay

John Guare Drama Analysis

(Critical Edition of Dramatic Literature)

As vastly different as John Guare’s plays may be in plot, several elements are found in all of them—even though they were written over a span of several decades. The most noticeable is a central character with an overwhelming need to escape his or her present life, either through taking on a new identity or through fame. The theme of American culture’s obsession with fame, in fact, is almost universal in Guare’s plays. A second characteristic is an often bewildering fusion of farcical comedy and inexplicable violence. For some critics, this fusion is grotesque, leading to a breakdown in sympathy for the characters and an artistic flaw in the play. A third element is a tendency toward the metadramatic, self-reflexive...

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