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🎤PLAY: The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde

The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde, Irish (1854-1900)

ABOUT OSCAR WILDE

Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde, the son of Sir William Wilde, an ear and eye surgeon, and Lady Jane Wilde, an Irish Nationalist, was the second of three children, born in Dublin, Ireland, in 1854. Oscar attended Trinity College, Dublin, where he studied Greek literature, joined the University Philosophical Society, and won the Berkeley Gold Medal for Greek studies. He then attended Magdalen College, Oxford, England, where he developed a refined sensibility for beauty, wearing his hair long, and decorating his room with blue china and flowers–especially lilies and sunflowers. He said, “I find it harder every day to live up to my blue china.” Oscar believed in the aesthetic movement of the late 19th century: Art for Art’s sake. He had a wonderful sense of humor, becoming very famous–and infamous–during his glorious Oxford years for his satirical wit and wisdom. Wilde’s strong classical education paved the way for his successful career as an editor, writer, poet, and playwright.

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🎥PLAY: A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry

A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry, American (1930-1965)

imageI have just finished reading one of the most poignant, heartrending, and honest plays ever written by an American playwright: A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry.  It is the story of an American family’s courageous struggle against racial discrimination in post-World War II Chicago.

When the play opens, we meet the Younger family: the elderly Lena Younger, her daughter Beneatha, son Walter Lee, Walter Lee’s wife Ruth, and their young son Travis.  They all share a clean but cramped apartment, filled with worn-out furniture.  We learn that Lena, a widow in her 60’s, is waiting for her husband’s $10,000 life insurance check.  The excitement builds as each family member tries to influence Lena on how to spend her money. Continue reading

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