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Relationships, social pressures and pathos.
on 3 August 2013
'Classic' is a term used too often these days to describe films, books, plays and television. The Browning Version, however, can truly be said to warrant such an accolade. It was written in the late 1940s and is still relevant today examining, as it does, human relationships, betrayal and sadness. Whilst other plays of this period (and even later) have come to be regarded as having little to say to a modern audience The Browning Version is still capable of evoking an emotional reaction today. It may be set in the rarefied atmosphere of a public school but it's themes are universal and it's poignancy will be felt by anyone capable of empathy or who has an ounce of sensitivity in their being.
The play is not without sentiment but it is not 'sentimental' as (say for the sake of argument) is Goodby Mr. Chips.
This is quite a short play, perhaps one hour fifteen minutes running time. Anyone interested in theatre should find this excellently written play worthwhile.