Black Comedy: Nine Plays : a Critical Anthology with Interviews and Essays

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Pamela Faith Jackson, Karimah
Hal Leonard Corporation, 1997 - Drama - 499 pages
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(Applause Books). This first-of-its kind collection includes a wide range of works, from an early examination and critique of American society after World War II to plays that reflect socio-political concerns that kept pace with historical events, like the sit-in demonstrations, the bus boycotts, black nationalism, and the women's liberation movement. A hybrid of comedic forms including satire, farce, comedy of manners, romantic comedy, dark comedy, and tragicomedy are presented through vernacular language, stand-up performance art, masks, broad humor, as well as the minstrel show. Essays, articles and interviews complement this critical edition.
 

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Contents

On Strivers Row
1
Simply Heavenly
79
Day of Absence
151
Five on the Black Hand Side
183
Contribution
233
One Monkey Dont Stop No Show
251
The Colored Museum
325
Wizard of Hip
369
Telling Lies on Southern Porches and Urban Backyards
455
Hughes Simply Heavenly and African American Humor
458
The Electronic Nigger
461
A Dose of Social Protest
466
Temporality Idealism and the Comic in Ossie Davis Purlie Victorious or From Greens to Chitlins
468
Perceptions Colored
471
Dear Granma Gladys
476
An Interview with Charlie Russell
479

Big Momma n Em
405
PHOTOS
433
The Gift of Laughter
445
Farewell to Abram Hill
451
Zora Neale Hurstons Comic Vision
452
An Interview with Ted Shine
483
An Interview with L Kenneth Richardson
487
NOTES ON CONTRIBUTORS
500
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