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Cold War

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The antagonism between the USA and USSR lasting from the late 1940s until the late 1980s, ‘cold’ because it was waged through diplomatic and ideological means rather than force. Britain ...

Long and the Short and the Tall, The

Long and the Short and the Tall, The (1958)   Quick reference

The Oxford Dictionary of Plays (2 ed.)

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...British and American cinema kept on replaying the Second World War, and a number of major plays had been written after the First World War, post-war theatre seemed hesitant to choose the Second World War as a setting. Perhaps the scale was too vast, and significantly one of the few important war plays, The Long and the Short and the Tall by Willis Hall , later better known for his radio, television, and film scripts, focuses on one isolated setting and on a clear moral dilemma, for which the War forms a backdrop rather than being an essential component of...

Strange Interlude

Strange Interlude (1928)   Quick reference

The Oxford Dictionary of Plays (2 ed.)

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... plays for nine hours. Alongside conventional dialogue, it is filled with interior monologues, unheard by the other characters. O'Neill again rehearses his major preoccupation: the search for meaning, which is no longer satisfied by restrictive and conventional religion nor by the cold rationality of science. The answer lies somewhere in the vitality and power of Nina, who stands as a less destructive incarnation of Wedekind's...

Democracy

Democracy (2003)   Quick reference

The Oxford Dictionary of Plays (2 ed.)

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...Democratic Republic 13 years previously, is plucked from relative obscurity to liaise between the trade unions and the new government. Guillaume, one of the few non-academics on the new staff, is working as an East German spy. As Brandt embarks on his policy of unfreezing the Cold War through a rapprochement with East Germany, his party leader Herbert Wehner expresses his misgivings: ‘The more [democracy] you dare, the tighter the grip you have to keep on it.’ Brandt, under threat from scheming within his own party and from left-wing extremists, narrowly...

In the Matter of J. Robert Oppenheimer

In the Matter of J. Robert Oppenheimer (1964)   Quick reference

The Oxford Dictionary of Plays (2 ed.)

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...better than most by concentrating, like Weiss's The Investigation , on one clearly defined topic. Kipphardt here discusses the social responsibility of the scientist, central to so many contemporary plays, from Brecht's Life of Galileo , through Zuckmayer's The Cold Light ( 1955 ) and Dürrenmatt's The Physicists , to Michael Frayn's Copenhagen...

Romeo

Romeo (c.1591–6)   Quick reference

The Oxford Dictionary of Plays (2 ed.)

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...feelings of love and loss, the compression of so many violent events and twists of fate into so short a time span would seem hopelessly melodramatic. Romeo and Juliet has repeatedly served as a model for the doomed love of members of opposing houses, e.g. in Peter Ustinov's Cold War comedy Romanoff and Juliet ( 1956 ), in the New York gangland musical West Side Story ( 1957 ), and in the modern-dress film version of Shakespeare's play by Baz Luhrmann ( 1996 ). There have been many musical treatments: a dramatic symphony by Berlioz ( 1839 ), an...

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