Theatre of the Absurd

theatrical genre

The Theatre of the Absurd (French: théâtre de l'absurde [teɑtʁ(ə) də lapsyʁd]) is a post–World War II designation for particular plays of absurdist fiction written by a number of primarily European playwrights in the late 1950s, as well as one for the style of theatre which has evolved from their work. Their work focused largely on the idea of existentialism and expressed what happens when human existence has no meaning or purpose and therefore all communication breaks down. The structure was in a round shape and the finishing point was the same as the starting point. Logical construction and argument give way to irrational and illogical speech and to its ultimate conclusion, silence.
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genre: Theatre of the Absurd

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Waiting for Godot

play by Samuel Beckett

author: Samuel Beckett

1952

The Émigrés

Play by Sławomir Mrożek

author: Sławomir Mrożek

1974

Zirkus Sardam

literary work

author: Daniil Kharms

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