theater of the absurd


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theater of the absurd

n.
A form of drama that emphasizes the absurdity of human existence by employing disjointed, repetitious, and meaningless dialogue, purposeless and confusing situations, and plots that lack realistic or logical development.

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n.
theater in which naturalistic conventions of plot and characterization are ignored or distorted in order to convey the irrationality of existence and the isolation of humanity.

theater of the absurd

A type of drama that tries to portray the absurdity of human life using illogical, meaningless, and deliberately confusing action and dialogue.
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Noun1.theater of the absurd - plays stressing the irrational or illogical aspects of life, usually to show that modern life is pointless; "Samuel Beckett and Eugene Ionesco have written plays for the theater of the absurd"
drama, dramatic play, play - a dramatic work intended for performance by actors on a stage; "he wrote several plays but only one was produced on Broadway"
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Among their topics are literal and figurative uses of the picaro: graded salience in 17th-century picaresque narrations, the conceptualization of the world as stage in Colder n and Cervantes: Christian didacticism and its ironic rebuttal, the king as "maker" of theater: le ballet de la nuit and Louis XIV, theatrical metaphor and the discourse of history: Nikolai Karamzin, and the theater of the absurd and the absurdity of theater: the early plays of Beckett and Ionesco.
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From the theater of the absurd and from the processes of Kafka, he came to another theater with a much larger audience, but with the same role of a false patriot defending Macedonia from Macedonians, Albanians and all other ethnic communities who voted the Law on Languages, concludes Rizaov.
The leading agitator in all this has been Foreign Minister and FPM leader Gebran Bassil, using all of Lebanon as a theater of the absurd with a 24-hour show of political delinquency and vehemence in the name of Christians as he tries to pretend to champion their aspirations.
Earlier, Netanyahu said that UNESCO has become a "theater of the absurd because instead of preserving history, it distorts it." The United States announced today that its withdrawal from the UNESCO because of what the Donald Trump's administration sees as its anti-Israel bias and a need for "fundamental reform." It says the withdrawal will take effect Dec.
Both pieces were exemplars of the Theater of the Absurd, by their nature, devilishly difficult to pull off without confounding the audience.
The article by Alan Korwin is spot on in its analysis of "Security Theater" or theater of the absurd (Gun Rights, March/April 2017).
In a speech at the Herzliya Interdisciplinary Center on Wednesday, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said, "The theater of the absurd goes on, and I have decided to call in our ambassador to UNESCO for consultation, and we will decide what to do and what the next steps towards this organization will be."
The theater of the absurd in the Knesset continues and the Joint List continues to prove that its MKs do not belong in the Knesset," Forer said.
In comments which underscore how angry the Kremlin still is over the incident, Dmitry Peskov, Putin's spokesman, called the behavior of the Turkish air force "absolute madness" and said Ankara's subsequent handling of the crisis had reminded him of the "theater of the absurd."

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