Arthur L. Kopit Writing Styles in Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Momma's Hung You in the Closet and I'm Feelin' So Sad

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Setting

Although the immediate setting of Oh Dad is an elegant suite in a luxurious resort hotel, the exotic sounds and lights of the world outside invade the room and suggest both an exotic and romantic atmosphere. It is the world of Port Royale, the Caribbean city that exists only in fantasy. The location throbs with the sounds of a life denied to Jonathan, who is locked away from it.

The light, music, and other sounds awaken in Jonathan some primitive longings. Madame Rosepettle's warping influence on his psyche has been so total, however, that he is terrified at the prospect of doing anything more than watching life pass by him from a distance. She intends to keep in a world of "light," beyond "the world of darkness," the "sex-driven, dirt-washed waste of cannibals eating each other up while they're pretending they're kissing."

Absurdism

Although in part a parody...

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