theater of the absurd


theater of the absurd
Date: 1961 theater that seeks to represent the absurdity of human existence in a meaningless universe by bizarre or fantastic means

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  • theater of the absurd — n. avant garde, mid 20th cent. drama made up of apparently absurd, incongruous, or pointless situations and dialogue, typically expressing the existential nature of self isolation, anxiety, frustration, etc …   English World dictionary

  • theater of the absurd — noun plays stressing the irrational or illogical aspects of life, usually to show that modern life is pointless Samuel Beckett and Eugene Ionesco have written plays for the theater of the absurd • Hypernyms: ↑play, ↑drama, ↑dramatic play …   Useful english dictionary

  • theater of the absurd — the′ater of the absurd′ n. sbz theater in which naturalistic conventions of plot and characterization are ignored or distorted in order to convey the irrationality of existence and the isolation of humanity …   From formal English to slang

  • theater of the absurd — theater in which standard or naturalistic conventions of plot, characterization, and thematic structure are ignored or distorted in order to convey the irrational or fictive nature of reality and the essential isolation of humanity in a… …   Universalium

  • theater of the absurd — style of drama focusing on absurd situations …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Theatre of the Absurd — The Theatre of the Absurd (French: Théâtre de l Absurde ) is a designation for particular plays written by a number of primarily European playwrights in the late 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s, as well as to the style of theatre which has evolved from… …   Wikipedia

  • theaterof the absurd — theater of the absurd n. A form of drama that emphasizes the absurdity of human existence by employing disjointed, repetitious, and meaningless dialogue, purposeless and confusing situations, and plots that lack realistic or logical development.… …   Universalium

  • The Birthday Party (play) — The Birthday Party (1958) is the first full length play by Harold Pinter and one of Pinter s best known and most frequently performed plays. After its hostile London reception almost ended Pinter s playwriting career, it went on to be considered… …   Wikipedia

  • The Gas Heart — Written by Tristan Tzara Characters Mouth Ear Eye Nose Neck Eyebrow Date premiered 1921 …   Wikipedia

  • theater — late 14c., open air place in ancient times for viewing spectacles, from O.Fr. theatre (12c.), from L. theatrum, from Gk. theatron theater, lit. place for viewing, from theasthai to behold (Cf. thea a view, theates spectator ) + tron, suffix… …   Etymology dictionary


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