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A: Alan Ayckbourn Pf: 1978, Scarborough Pb: 1979 G: Com. in ...

Joking Apart

Joking Apart (1978)   Quick reference

The Oxford Dictionary of Plays (2 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2015

... Apart Author: Alan Ayckbourn Date/place of 1st performance: 1978 , Scarborough Date of 1st publication: 1979 Genre: Com. in 2 acts Setting/time of action: English garden, 1966–78 Cast: 4m, 7f (4 roles to be played by same actress) Richard Clarke and Anthea , a divorcee with two children, are a charming and successful couple in their twenties. They have invited people to their bonfire party: their new neighbours, Revd Hugh and Louise Emerson, their old friend Brian with his latest girlfriend Melody, and Sven and Olive Holmenson. Sven,...

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

A Midsummer Night’s Dream   Reference library

Michael Dobson and Anthony Davies

The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare (2 ed.)

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2015
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare studies and criticism, Performing arts, Theatre
Length:
3,220 words
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
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...must include the moonshine by which the lovers meet and the wall through whose cranny they speak. As they rehearse, Robin arrives, and mischievously transforms Bottom’s head into that of an ass. Bottom cannot understand why his colleagues flee, assuming they are playing a joke, and sings to keep up his courage. Titania awakens, sees Bottom, and falls in love with him: she appoints four fairies to be his attendants and leads him away to her bower. 3.2 Robin tells a delighted Oberon of Titania’s love for the transformed Bottom, but when Hermia arrives,...

The Comedy of Errors

The Comedy of Errors   Reference library

Michael Dobson, Will Sharpe, and Anthony Davies

The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare (2 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2015
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare studies and criticism, Performing arts, Theatre
Length:
2,835 words
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
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1

...have arrived in Ephesus: Antipholus sends his servant to their lodging to lock up his money. Shortly afterwards Dromio of Ephesus arrives and, mistaking this Antipholus for his own master, calls him home to dinner. Antipholus of Syracuse, thinking this is his own Dromio having a joke, grows angry, asking anxiously after his money, and drives Dromio away with blows before setting off to check on his belongings. 2.1 Adriana laments the continuing absence of her husband Antipholus of Ephesus to her unmarried sister Luciana, and after Dromio of Ephesus brings the...

Collins, William Wilkie

Collins, William Wilkie (1824–89)   Reference library

Oxford Reader's Companion to Trollope

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2011
Subject:
Literature, Literary studies (19th century)
Length:
130 words

... Trollope character was a novel's primary motivator ( Auto XIII). Dissimilar in temperament as well as fictional approaches, Collins found Trollope 's boisterousness hard to take. ‘To me he was an incarnate gale of wind. He blew off my hat; he turned my umbrella inside out. Joking apart, as good and staunch a friend as ever lived’ ( I & R 127). RCT R. C....

Ayckbourn, Sir Alan

Ayckbourn, Sir Alan (1939– )   Quick reference

The Concise Oxford Companion to English Literature (4 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2013
Subject:
Literature
Length:
194 words

...1967 ), was followed by many others, including Absurd Person Singular ( 1973 ); The Norman Conquests ( 1974 ), a trilogy with elaborately overlapping action covering the same period of time and the same events from different points of view; Absent Friends ( 1975 ); and Joking Apart ( 1979 ). The plays are comedies of suburban and middle‐class life, showing a keen sense of social nuance and of domestic misery and insensitivity, and displaying the virtuosity of Ayckbourn's stagecraft. Later plays include Sisterly Feelings ( 1980 ), A Chorus of...

Humor

Humor   Reference library

Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern World

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2008
Subject:
History, Contemporary History (post 1945)
Length:
2,163 words
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...centuries. They stand apart from folktales, which rely much more heavily on narrative detail. A third argument is that the joke is different from the jest and is the product of modern mass media and its needs for short, detail-free, stripped-down comic products; the joke does not appear until the rise of vaudeville and modern show business in the 1870s. In the latter case, topicality of jokes and the need for constant updating of subject matter while preserving form and structure is seen as specific to the modern idea of the joke. Humor plays important...

Ayckbourn, Sir Alan

Ayckbourn, Sir Alan (1939–)   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to English Literature (7 ed.)

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2009
Subject:
Literature
Length:
261 words

...1967 ), was followed by many others, including Absurd Person Singular ( 1973 ); The Norman Conquests ( 1974 ), a trilogy with elaborately overlapping action covering the same period of time and the same events from different points of view; Absent Friends ( 1975 ); and Joking Apart ( 1979 ). The plays are comedies of suburban and middle‐class life, showing a keen sense of social nuance and of domestic misery and insensitivity, and displaying the virtuosity of Ayckbourn's stagecraft; Benedict Nightingale ( An Introduction to Fifty Modern British Plays ,...

Verbal Play

Verbal Play   Reference library

International Encyclopedia of Linguistics (2 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2003
Subject:
Linguistics
Length:
1,356 words

...of the set-up; “getting” or understanding the joke consists of relating the punch line to the unstated assumptions. A typology of jokes involves both form and content. Riddle jokes—common among children but also found in adults—consist of a question posed to a listener, followed by an answer provided by the original questioner (when, as is typically the case, the listener does not know it). Narrative jokes, common among adults, consist of a short narrative that ends in a surprising punch line. Dirty or obscene jokes, which might contain scatological or otherwise...

Phaedrus or Phaeder, Gaius Julius

Phaedrus or Phaeder, Gaius Julius   Quick reference

Alessandro Schiesaro

Who's Who in the Classical World

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2003
Subject:
Classical studies, History
Length:
450 words

...and suffered some unknown punishment. Scarcely noticed by Roman writers (he is not mentioned by either Seneca the Younger or Quintilian in their references to fable), he is first named (though identification is uncertain) by Martial (3. 20. 5 improbi iocos Phaedri , ‘the jokes of mischievous Ph.’) and next by Avianus ( praefat. ). Prose paraphrases of his and of other fables were made in later centuries, in particular the collection entitled ‘Romulus’, and in the Middle Ages enjoyed a great vogue. The five books are clearly incomplete and thirty further...

Phaedrus

Phaedrus (4)   Reference library

Alessandro Schiesaro

The Oxford Classical Dictionary (4 ed.)

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2012
Subject:
Classical studies, History
Length:
518 words

...punishment. Scarcely noticed by Roman writers (he is not mentioned by either L. Annaeus Seneca (2) (the younger Seneca ) or Quintilian in their references to fable), he is first named (though identification is uncertain) by Martial (3. 20. 5 improbi iocos Phaedri , ‘the jokes of mischievous Ph.’) and next by Avianus ( praefat .). Prose paraphrases of his and of other fables were made in later centuries, in particular the collection entitled ‘Romulus’, and in the Middle Ages enjoyed a great vogue. The five books are clearly incomplete and thirty...

War in the Air, The, and particularly How Mr. Bert Smallways Fared While it Lasted

War in the Air, The, and particularly How Mr. Bert Smallways Fared While it Lasted (1908)   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to Edwardian Fiction

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2005

...sense: ‘there was us in Europe, all at sixes and sevens with our silly flags and our silly newspapers raggin’ us up against each other and keepin ‘us apart.’ Smallways partly represents the ordinary person trapped in the struggle for world domination, but by pitching his humour against the potential horror of total war, Wells preserves a gleam of hope for the future (and provides another prophetic image: the joking Cockney survivors of the Blitz). A sort of extravaganza, The War in the Air is also a realistic description of the lowest and poorest side of...

Haussmann, Baron Georges-Eugène

Haussmann, Baron Georges-Eugène (1809–91)   Reference library

Patrick Taylor

The Oxford Companion to the Garden

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2006

...the forced redistribution of households, compulsory purchases, and the destruction of countless historic buildings, among them virtually all the 17th-century and many earlier houses on the Île de la Cité; 350,000 people were moved from their homes and Haussmann felt able to make a joke of his skills as a ‘demolition artist’. Without such ruthlessness the harmonious pattern of streets, the creation of public parks and square gardens, and street planting would have been, if not impossible, very much more difficult. Under the supervision of Alphand , ...

local legends

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A Dictionary of English Folklore

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2003

...legends . The most common folk narratives in England (apart from jokes) are stories about remarkable events in the history of a particular locality, the supposed origins of its landmarks and place-names, curious features of its buildings, etc. Their contents range across the whole spectrum of traditional themes, from the realistic, through the amazing-but-not-impossible (e.g. the Hangman 's Stone), to supernatural beliefs now outmoded (the Devil , fairies ), or still current ( ghosts , curses ). Some are so plausible that only experience can show...

Vorticism

Vorticism   Reference library

The Oxford Dictionary of Art (3 ed.)

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2004
Subject:
Art & Architecture
Length:
310 words

...only one exhibition, at the Doré Gallery, London, in June 1915 . Apart from the formal members of the movement, the artists taking part included David Bomberg and Christopher Nevinson . Jacob Epstein was not included, but his work was reproduced in Blast and he is generally considered part of the movement. Several of the artists represented in the exhibition were now producing pure abstracts, and the show was far too advanced for the critics, who treated it as an incomprehensible joke. By this time the war was scattering the Vorticists (...

Ayckbourn, Alan

Ayckbourn, Alan (1939– )   Quick reference

A Dictionary of Writers and their Works (3 ed.)

...Living Together ; Round and Round the Garden ] ( 1973 ) Drama Absent Friends ( 1974 ) Drama Confusions ( 1974 ) Drama Jeeves / By Jeeves ( 1975 ) Drama Bedroom Farce ( 1975 ) Drama Just Between Ourselves ( 1976 ) Drama Ten Times Table ( 1977 ) Drama Joking Apart ( 1978 ) Drama Sisterly Feelings , [and] Taking Steps ( 1979 ) Drama Suburban Strains ( 1980 ) Drama Season's Greetings ( 1980 ) Drama Way Upstream ( 1981 ) Drama Making Tracks ( 1981 ) Drama Intimate Exchanges ( 1982 ) Drama It Could Be Any One Of Us...

Vorticism

Vorticism   Quick reference

The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (5 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2015
Subject:
Art & Architecture
Length:
305 words

...held only one exhibition, at the Doré Gallery, London, in June 1915 . Apart from the formal members, the artists taking part included David Bomberg and C. R. W. Nevinson . Jacob Epstein was not included, but his work was reproduced in Blast and he is generally considered part of the movement. Several of the artists represented in the exhibition were now producing pure abstracts, and the show was far too advanced for the critics, who treated it as an incomprehensible joke. By this time the war was scattering the Vorticists (Gaudier-Breszka had...

pass muster

pass muster   Reference library

Garner’s Modern English Usage (4 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2016
Subject:
Language reference, Usage and Grammar Guides
Length:
389 words

...Litt , “The Mall, Unhallowed,” Plain Dealer (Cleveland), 11 May 1997 , at I8. Quite apart from that error, the phrase invites condiment-inspired puns—e.g.: “The seventh and newest Wienermobile to crisscross America is a bite-sized vehicle compared to Oscar Mayer's beloved hot-dog fleet. But the ‘mini’ has proved this summer to, um, pass mustard .” Tom Alesia , “Oscar Mayer Takes Bite Out of Wienermobile,” Wis. State J . , 6 Aug. 2008 , at A1. Sadly, it's no joke sometimes—e.g.: • “Asked about albums he digs from the past decade, [Joel] O’Keeffe cites...

Jarry, Alfred

Jarry, Alfred (1873–1907)   Reference library

The New Oxford Companion to Literature in French

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2005
Subject:
Literature
Length:
415 words

...Ubu, the coarse, vicious, and vulgar tyrant to whom much of Jarry's writing is devoted. In the Paris of the 1890s he frequented the Symbolists , publishing poems and other texts collected in Les Minutes de sable mémorial ( 1894 ) and earning notoriety for his arcane practical jokes and odd life‐style. At the same time he worked on the plays of the Ubu cycle, which he first presented as puppet shows to his friends, as he had since his schooldays. This material began to be published from the mid‐1890s; Ubu Roi appeared in 1896 , at which point Jarry...

Titanic

Titanic   Reference library

Oxford Reader's Companion to Hardy

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2011
Subject:
Literature, Literary studies (19th century)
Length:
446 words

...occurs in the second line, and this theme dominates what follows. As for his vision of the luxury liner resting at the bottom of the Atlantic, the emphasis falls so strongly on the persistency and survival of the non-human world that the effect is almost that of a grim Darwinian joke: ‘Over the mirrors meant | To glass the opulent | The sea-worm crawls—grotesque, slimed, dumb, indifferent.’ A public subject has been treated from an entirely unpredictable and wholly personal angle: Hardy has appropriated the historical event and made it his own, the specificity...

Ayckbourn, Alan

Ayckbourn, Alan (1939)   Reference library

The Concise Oxford Companion to the Theatre (2 ed.)

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2003
Subject:
Performing arts, Theatre
Length:
413 words

...was not a success, but in the same year Absent Friends had a long run. In Bedroom Farce ( National Theatre , 1977 ; NY, 1979 ), the action passes between the bedrooms of three married couples, which form a multiple setting . Just between Ourselves (also 1977 ) and Joking Apart ( 1979 ) were more serious and had comparatively short runs. In Sisterly Feelings (NT, 1980 ) the middle two of the four scenes have alternative versions. Taking Steps and Season's Greetings , about a family reunion at Christmas, were also seen in London in 1980 ....

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