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The Entertainer is Osborne's second play, produced by The English Stage Company in 1957. Osborne offers the outdated and dying English music hall and the main character, second-rate performer Archie Rice, as a metaphor for England.
Luther is Osborne's psychological study of Martin Luther as a private man, rather than as a public religious figure and instigator of the Protestant Reformation.
Inadmissible Evidence is the product of a more mature artistic mind and evidenced that Osborne could successfully break traditional dramaturgical rules. It picks up Osborne's chronicle of the state of contemporary England where Look Back in Anger left off.
A Better Class of Person is Osborne's autobiography up to the production of Look Back in Anger.
Almost a Gentleman is Osborne's second volume of autobiography and begins with his fame as a playwright that followed the production of Look Back in Anger.
Roots is a play by Arnold Wesker produced by the English Stage Company. It deals with a young woman of the rural working class finding her own voice and is an example of the many plays dealing realistically with contemporary England that followed Look Back in Anger.
Plays for Public Places are short plays written by Howard Brenton m 1971 which deal with England from a generation after the time of Look Back in Anger.
A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen is a realistic play wntten in 1879 that focuses on a marriage in which a wife is seen as a possession and finally asserts her selfhood and independence. It also deals with the stultifying effects of social conventions and structures.
The Father, written by August Stindberg in 1887, is a realistic play which deals with extreme marital stress which results in the husband's mental instability.
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