The theatre of the absurd french thtre de labsurde tet d lapsyd 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. Theatre of the absurd theatre of the absurd dramatic works of certain european and american dramatists of the 1950s and early 60s who agreed with the existentialist philosopher albert camuss assessment in his essay the myth of sisyphus 1942 that the human situation is essentially absurd devoid of purpose. The theatre of the absurd was a short lived yet significant theatrical movement centred in paris in the 1950s unusual in this instance was the absence of a single practitioner spearheading the form. Absurdist theatre responded to the destruction and anxieties of the 20th century by questioning the nature of reality and illusion andrew dickson introduces some of the most important figures in the theatre of the absurd including eugne ionesco martin esslin and samuel beckett but in theatre . Early critics referred to the theater of the absurd as a theater in transition meaning that it was to lead to something different so far this has not happened but the theater of the absurd is rapidly becoming accepted as a distinct genre in its own right
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