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Absurdism

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How did absurdism influence theatre that followed?

Pinter's work, his language hypnotizes because the characters in his plays live in a world where power goes to the best story teller, where survival depends on an ability to fill the silence and to seduce. With little exaggeration, "one could regard Williams or O'Neill's heroes as neurotics, Pinter's as schizophrenics, and Mamet or Rabe's as hysterics." Finally, language and spectacle merge in British and American plays written by politically engaged playwrights such as Churchill, Brenton, and Kushner.

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