The Chairs



  1. ^ Rubin, Don; Pong, Chua Soo; Chaturvedi, Ravi (1 January 2001). "The World Encyclopedia of Contemporary Theatre: Asia/Pacific". Taylor & Francis – via Google Books. 
  2. ^ Chairs – V&A Theatre Collections Online
  3. ^ This week's theatre reviews | Arts | The First Post In her autobiography ‘And That’s Not All’ the famous English actress Joan Plowright remembers the difficulties ‘The Chairs’ encountered when she and George Divine played the main roles on the stage of the Royal Court Theatre in London. “Tynan expressed his dislike of Ionesco's nihilistic view that communication between human beings is impossible; and went on to chastise those who championed the playwright's evocative escape from realism. He warned that it must not be held up for emulation as the gateway to the theatre of the future. This sparked off a vigorous controversy on the merits of the Romanian-born author, and escalated into a debate on the role of the artist in society. Ionesco wrote to the Observer in his own defence, claiming a work of art has nothing to do with doctrine and saying that a critic's job was to look at it and decide whether it was true to its own nature'. Devine wrote defending his author's conception of theatre as an art and Orson Welles joined in on Tynan's side, saying 'an artist must confirm the values of his society; as he must challenge them'. The correspondence grew larger as half of London's artistic and literary community battled it out. Ionescu was not impressed by the contemporary playwright’s century drama (O’Casey, Sartre, Arthur Miller, John Osbourne, Tennessee Williams and even Brecht) and called them the 'new auteurs du boulevard'. And as far as society was concerned, he wrote: 'the authentic human community is revealed by our common anxieties, our desires, our secret political system can deliver us from the pain of living, from our fear of death.' 'Nor can any work of art' Tynan answered, but both are in the business of trying.' I found it exciting to be involved in such a hullabaloo, and of course it meant that the theatre was packed every night.”
  4. ^ League, The Broadway. "The Chairs – Broadway Play – 1998 Revival - IBDB". 
  5. ^ Demetre, Jim. "A fresh arrangement of 'The Chairs'" Seattle Post-Intelligencer (November 12, 2004)
  6. ^ McCarter, Jeremy. "Made in Japan (& America, & Japan...)" New York Sun (December 3, 2004)
  7. ^ The Chairs
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