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What is the history of theatre in Australia?


Although the theater has flourished in Australia since the earliest days and Australian actors have made brilliant careers at home, in New York City, and on the London stage, dramatists comparable in outlook and skill to the poets and fiction writers have been scarce. Louis Esson is usually cited as the Australian writer who most consistently devoted himself to drama, but many others before and since have also helped to build a theatrical tradition. In 1954Summer of the Seventeenth Doll, by Ray Lawler, a drama of workers on a sugarcane plantation, with authentic vernacular dialogue, scored a resounding success and was produced in New York City on Broadway (1956) and off-Broadway (1968), and as a film, Season of Passion (1961). Since World War II, important plays by native authors have been produced successfully on the Australian stage; the growing interest in drama paralleled the significant resurgence of Australian filmmaking that began in the late 1970s.



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