Generally speaking, when people hear mention of Restoration drama, they think of bawdy, witty social comedies. As it so happens, comedy as a genre did not become popular (again) until the late 1660’s, the first decade of the period consisting largely of revivals and new works by lesser playwrights in the vein of these revivals. … Continue reading Arrested Perceptions of Restoration Drama
In a post few weeks back, readers helped me compile a list of contemporary plays that can be considered metadramatic or metatheatrical. I’d like to pick this topic up again and ask you to think about this post’s title question. What does contemporary metadrama tell us about contemporary theatre? Now, I recognize that it’s sometimes … Continue reading What does contemporary metadrama tell us about contemporary theatre?
Very shortly I will be picking up where I left off before the holidays with reading the complete plays of Aphra Behn, the wonderfully witty Restoration dramatist whose contemporary recuperation began with Virginia Woolf’s praise of her financial success as a playwright in chapter four of A Room of One’s Own (1929). Please do join … Continue reading Aphra in Antwerp
Raconteur: Or, Once upon a Play(wright) We have all told our own story, or at least parts of it, to someone. We have all been out somewhere and overheard someone telling someone else another person’s story. Something like this: “I knew a guy once (upon a time) who…” or “There was this old lady who … Continue reading Raconteur: Or, Once Upon a Play(wright)
Metablogging: Drama Daily’s 2009 Recap As 2009 draws to a close, it’s time to reflect on the plays and topics Drama Daily has covered and what lies ahead for this theatre blog. Since its inception last March, this blog has discussed and/or reviewed approximately 40 plays, which are listed below in ABC order by author’s last … Continue reading Metablogging: Drama Daily’s 2009 Recap
Before Gaga, There Was Aphra: Or, Liz Duffy Adams’ Bisexual Bombshell (Review) For more than a century, scholars, activists, and playwrights have found personal, political, and literary inspiration in writings by and about Oscar Wilde, catapulting the 19th century Anglo-Irish author to mythic status as an icon for the contemporary gay movement. The 17th century authoress Aphra Behn is now experiencing something akin … Continue reading Before Gaga, There Was Aphra: “Or,” Liz Duffy Adams’ Bisexual Bombshell.
Aphra Behn’s The Dutch Lover: A Comedy 3 down, 15 to go. As Liz Duffy’s Or, now playing at Women’s Project in NYC, continues to endear itself to audiences, I continue to plug through the 18 plays written by Duffy’s central heroine–Restoration playwright Aphra Behn. Premiere and Publication The Dutch Lover, Behn’s third play, was … Continue reading Aphra Behn’s The Dutch Lover: A Comedy