Australian playwright, born in Melbourne. Williamson has charted the lives of his own generation of well‐educated middle‐class Australians with unerring satiric wit and comic flair. Each play captures a current social predicament or preoccupation, particularly power plays in groups or institutions. The Club (1978) and The Department (1975) are concerned with a football club and an academic department, while corruption in business, government, the law, and the press is criticized in Sons of Cain (1985), Emerald City (1987), and Top Silk (1989). The satire and social criticism often seem blunted by the plays' many brilliant one‐liners and sheer comic verve, which may earn critical censure but delight audiences.