R.U.R. Criticism

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Although printed reviews of R. U.R. are not readily available, there are a number of indications that the play was well received and that it enjoyed international success when it opened in the Czech National Theatre in 1921. It was equally successful when produced in Europe, Asia, and North America, opening on Broadway in 1922. At its premiere, audiences were both fascinated at the promises offered by technology and horrified at its potential for destruction. The play's success stemmed from the public's current interest in technology. Technological advances promised an easier life, one filled with more leisure time. The image on stage, of robots engaged in menial, mindless work, was appealing. Capek's lead character, Domin, suggests a utopian dream is possible. He envisions a world without hunger and with enough free labor to provide for all man's needs. Domin tells the audience of a future filled with freedom and...

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