Companion to British and American Plays

Romances or Tragicomedies in Shakespeare’s Last Plays

Shakespeare's last plays 'romances' effectively continue the irregular line of development of his earlier works by interfacing comic and tragic themes with a new intensity. All these romances deal in one way or another with evil and innocence, guilt ...More

Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett: A Tragedy

In the tradition of tragedy there is always a profound understanding of suffering and helpless humanity. The tradition continues from the ancient Greeks to the modern playwrights - Luigi Pirandello, Arthur Miller, Jean-Paul Sartre and Samuel Beckett, ...More

The Romancers by Edmond Rostand: Summary

There are mainly five characters in this play: Sylvette and her father Pasquinot, Percinet and his father Bergamin, and Straforel, a hired killer. A wall has divided the park. Percinet is sitting on the wall reading Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet to ...More

Waterloo by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle: Summary

There are four characters in this play. Corporal Brewster aged ninety-six, Norah Brewster, his grandniece, Sergeant McDonald and Colonel Midwinter. In a front room in a small country house there is a roughly made painting of Corporal Brewster in a re ...More

To Bobolink, For Her Spirit by William Inge: Summary

A group of autograph hunters is outside the 21 Club in New York. They are waiting for their favorite movie stars. There are six persons in the group. The ringleader of the group is Bobolink Bowen. She is a woman in her early thirties. She is fat and ...More

Lord Byron's Love Letter by Tennessee Williams: Summary

There are four characters in this play: the spinster, a woman of forty named Ariadne, the old woman, perhaps her grandmother, the matron and her husband. The spinster and the old woman are in a dark living room. The spinster is sewing and the old wom ...More

Dramatic Technique in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is a unique modern or even post-modern drama in terms of its dramatic technique. Some of the technical features include: the extensive of unconventional commentary by the author, the mythical allusions related to the characters ...More

The Misanthrope as a Comedy of Manners

Moliere's The Misanthrope, is characterized by features like: exposure and satire of the upper-class society's bad culture, the use of witty dialogue and lively repartee, comic scenes of love and intrigues and typical characters which are the feature ...More

Modernism in Six Characters in Search of an Author

By modernism in drama we mean experiment in dramaturgy. By the same token, modernism in drama consists of the introduction of the problems faced by modern people. Six Characters in Search of an Author abides by these two protocols of modernism.More

Suffering of Postmodern Women in 'night, Mother

The problems faced by postmodern woman are alienation, loneliness, estrangement, instable family structure, crisis in emotionality and sterile nature of human existence. When Jessie told Thelma about her preparation for suicide, Thelma at first did n ...More