John Guare Drama Analysis - Essay

John Guare Drama Analysis

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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