Society drama


Society drama
   The sophisticated comedies of Philip Barry in the 1920s-1930s best exemplify society drama, which focused on the values and fashions of the upper classes. Such plays might be highly charged dramas exploring class divisions or high comedies on social mores that showcased the latest styles in dress and home décor. Playwrights as diverse as Clyde Fitch, S. N. Behrman, Rachel Croth-ers, George S. Kaufman, Zoe Akins, and others explored this terrain in their plays, as did European dramatists as varied as Henrik Ibsen, George Bernard Shaw, Oscar Wilde, and Nöel Coward.*

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