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By Dawn B. Sova

ISBN-10: 0816040184

ISBN-13: 9780816040186

As public tastes swap, so does the character of renowned drama. within the 5th century BCE, Aristophanes' "Lysistrata" attracted censors for its subject matters of wifely uprising and intercourse. From the fifteenth to the 18th centuries, performs have been censored essentially for non secular or political purposes. within the nineteenth century, social and sexual purposes for censorship emerged, and sleek moralists have objected to works by means of such playwrights as Arthur Miller, Eugene O'Neill, and Lillian Hellman. such a lot lately, performs facing issues comparable to homosexuality and AIDS have garnered undesirable realization from censors. This paintings outlines the censorship background of one hundred twenty five vintage performs from precedent days to the current. each one access provides the name(s) less than which the play has seemed, the date it used to be produced and kingdom of unique creation, a precis of the play, its censorship background, and recommendations for additional reading.

Among the works coated are: "Angels in the US - Millennium Approaches", Tony Kushner, 1991; "Le Barbier de Seville", Pierre Beaumarchis, 1775; "The Children's Hour", Lillian Hellman, 1934; "The Crucible", Arthur Miller, 1953; "Henry IV, half 2", William Shakespeare, 1598; "Jesus Christ Superstar" Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber, 1971; "Oedipus Rex", Sophocles, 425 BCE; "Oh! Calcutta", Kenneth Tynan, 1969; "Salome", Oscar Wilde, 1896; and "Le Tartruffe", Moliere, 1669.

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November 17, 1999. Available online. htm. Kreutz, Irving W. ” Arts in Society 4 (summer 1967): 197–201. Laufe, Abe. The Wicked Stage: A History of Theater Censorship and Harassment in the United States. New York: Frederick Ungar, 1978. McClure, Michael. The Beard and VKTMS. New York: Grove Press, 1985. Nathan, John. ” Evergreen Review 11 (February 1967): 16–20. Russo, Francine. ” Village Voice, December 1–7, 1999: 23. Stephenson, Gregory. ” Michael McClure Homepage. Available online. htm. THE BEDBUG Author: Vladimir Mayakovsky Original date and place of production: atre, Moscow, Russia 14 1929, Vsevolod Meyerhold The- THE BEDBUG Characters: Oleg Bayan, Zoya Beryozkina, the Mechanic, Ivan Prisypkin, Rosalie Pavlovna Renaissance Filmed versions: None SUMMARY The Bedbug, which is divided into two parts set in 1929 and 1979, relates the experiences of Ivan Prisypkin, a Communist Party member who is about to marry.

Although Miss Mona understands, she privately recalls their weekend together in Galveston, watching the inauguration on TV and the shine of the sun on the water in the Gulf. After Dodd leaves, Miss Mona ruminates while the band sings, once again, about the pleasing surroundings of the brothel. CENSORSHIP HISTORY Despite 1,576 performances on Broadway and many more in college venues, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas has invited controversy throughout most of its history, mainly by religious groups.

He is disconcerted by the scene, but accepts Michael’s offer of a drink and attempts conversation with the other guests. Emory flounces around, trying to draw everyone’s attention and making disparaging remarks about birthday boy Harold in his absence. ” When Alan and Michael rejoin the others, Harold’s birthday gift arrives. The young man says he is early because he “wanted to get to the bars by midnight,” and he sings the greeting to the wrong guest because Harold has not yet arrived. Alan strives to ignore Emory’s exhibitionism and the increasing clues that Michael and his friends are gay by turning to the straightseeming Hank, who has revealed that he has children and is in the midst of a divorce.

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