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Walker is a down to earth blue-collar playwright with a vibrant vivid deliberate style of play writing theres no dramaturgical chicanery in his work But there is a rough and ready quality in it that is very refreshing - Neville-Andrews George Walker is a Canadian playwright who has achieved a sort of underdog-like success Walkers sharpened sense of comedic irony along with his unique patterns of thought have contributed to his success and his being one of the most widely produced playwrights today The Art of War Escape From Happiness and Zastrozzi are all very different plays from Walker having all come from different periods in his career Despite their differences there are some underlying commonalities One of them is language and character honesty another has to do with power and the search for justice Also through the characters journeys we are usually able to find some sort of empathy Walker has a way of setting you in the life of real people through their language and brutal honesty Every one of the characters in Walkers plays speak in a stream of immediate thought and are all in their own little world of self-denial where they have perfectly valid reasons for the eccentric oddball things that they do In Escape From Happiness we find a uniquely dysfunctional family with every character showing similar but individual motivations towards something better for themselves or the people around them This play in particular is surreal in this aspect and in the ways the individuals display their honesty The three sisters are all strikingly different Mary Anne is a comically heavy-hearted mother who takes everything the people around her say far too literally She speaks with the honesty of her character in not understanding her sister Elizabeths actions Shes abandoned her child yet again because she is at a crossroads in her life which she seems to run into far too often Gail her
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