The time of your life book william saroyan

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The Time of Your Life by William Saroyan

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The Time of Your Life (Conservatory Theatre Company)

Published by Washington Square Press.

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Many in the general public enjoyed the play, but the critics were less enthusiastic. In contrast to many of the playwrights working during the later years of the Great Depression, Saroyan was not interested in social protest; his play depicts a group of alienated loners in a shabby waterfront bar, looking for love and meaning in their lives. Despite these awards, many critics felt that the play was unsophisticated, unrealistic, and too romantic, failing to reflect the dark and troubled times in which it was set; some found it confusing. Saroyan was rarely a darling of the critics and maintained a strained relationship with the East Coast theatrical world throughout most of his career. Much of his attitude came from that fact that he distrusted those who were highly educated and felt that the intelligentsia could not appreciate his plays and their simple messages. The play takes place in , just before the start of World War II.

William Saroyan, whose plays, short stories and novels drew on the Armenian immigrant experience and depicted the variety and romance of American life, died of cancer yesterday at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Fresno, Calif. He was 72 years old. Sounding like a character in one of his autobiographical short stories, Mr. Saroyan called The Associated Press five days before his death to leave a posthumous statement: ''Everybody has got to die, but I have always believed an exception would be made in my case. Now what?

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The play opened on Broadway in Much of the action of the play centers around Joe, a young loafer with money who encourages each of the bar's patrons in their eccentricities. Joe helps out a would-be dancer, Harry, and sets up his flunky, Tom, with a prostitute, Kitty Duval. The bar is frequented by a number of colorful characters, including a frenetic young man in love, an old man who looks like Kit Carson, and an affluent society couple. The play was produced by the Theatre Guild.

By William Saroyan. At The Artistic Home, twenty-two actors working with director Kathy Scambiattera shape a world where people have suffered for a long time, but have stubbornly clung to life and a better future. Some of those actors have multiple or major characters, others are present for only a single scene. Two men are the pillars of this amorphous community. Joe enjoys doing small favors for those around him, and sending his friend Tom Jae K.

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