Chapter

Spontaneous Irony

in Revel with a Cause

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print September 2006 | ISBN: 9780226431642
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226431659 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226431659.003.0006
Spontaneous Irony

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This chapter investigates improvisational stage performance further, demonstrating how the Second City, the Premise, and several British-based revues deployed spontaneous social criticism to pick at the root causes of the private and public anxieties that young, educated, middle-class Americans experienced in the late 1950s and early 1960s.

Keywords: stage performance; Second City; Premise; revue; social criticism; middle-class Americans; anxieties; irony

Chapter.  11089 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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