Forgot your password?  

A Life in the Theatre Essay | Critical Essay #1

This Study Guide consists of approximately 68 pages of chapter summaries, quotes, character analysis, themes, and more - everything you need to sharpen your knowledge of A Life in the Theatre.
This section contains 1,822 words
(approx. 7 pages at 300 words per page)
Purchase our A Life in the Theatre Study Guide

Critical Essay #1

Petrusso is a freelance writer and editor living in Austin, Texas. In this essay, Petrusso interprets the relationship between John and Robert in Mamet's play and argues that, despite most critics' interpretations, Robert depends on John from the beginning of the play.

Many critics who have written about David Mamet's A Life in the Theatre have maintained that Robert and John have a mentor-protégé relationship. Early on, they believe, Robert dominates the relationship, though the roles reverse as the play progresses. By the end, critics hold, John has matured and become the dominant person in the relationship. Catharine Hughes of America is one such critic. Writing about the original off-Broadway production in 1977, Hughes claims

At first, the older Robert is the obvious mentor, and John merely the subservient apprentice. But John begins to enjoy some success, and there is a considerable role reversal, which finds...

(read more from the Critical Essay #1 section)

This section contains 1,822 words
(approx. 7 pages at 300 words per page)
Purchase our A Life in the Theatre Study Guide
Copyrights
A Life in the Theatre from BookRags and Gale's For Students Series. ©2005-2006 Thomson Gale, a part of the Thomson Corporation. All rights reserved.
Follow Us on Facebook