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 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 purposethe term is also loosely applied to those dramatists and the production of those works. The theatre of the absurd will be remembered in history for many things the most significant of these being samuel becketts masterpiece waiting for godot one of the great plays of the 20th century absurdism is commonly studied in senior high school and university drama and theatre courses. Theater of the absurd definition theater in which standard or naturalistic conventions of plot characterization and thematic structure are ignored or distorted in order to convey the irrational or fictive nature of reality and the essential isolation of humanity in a meaningless world see more. The theatre of the absurd is totally lyrical theatre which uses abstract scenic effects many of which have been taken over and modified from the popular theatre arts mime ballet acrobatics conjuring music hall clowning
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