Lanford Wilson Drama Analysis - Essay

Lanford Wilson Drama Analysis

(Critical Edition of Dramatic Literature)

During his first period of playwriting (1963-1972), Lanford Wilson struggled to learn his trade—mainly in the convivial atmosphere of Off-Off-Broadway, where it did not matter if sometimes audiences did not show up. His plays from this period, mostly one-act dramas, are clearly apprentice work. They contain echoes of Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller, and the Theater of the Absurd. Experiments include the use of overlapping and simultaneous speeches, free-floating time sequences, and characters who are figments of the main character’s imagination. Perhaps the most effective of the plays from this decade are Home Free!, about a bizarre, incestuous relationship between brother and sister; The Madness of Lady...

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