We’ve been going through the dramatic styles of the early 20th century in my Radical Theatre class. I believe I can now distinguish between them using two objects, as follows.
Assume each of the playwrights walks into a room containing only a dictionary and a blender:
- The Dadaist will put the dictionary into the blender.
- The Surrealist will read the dictionary backwards while wearing the blender.
- The Absurdist will relabel the dictionary as “Blender Instruction Manual”.
- The Futurist will kneel on the dictionary and worship the blender.