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GETTING MARRIED 

Bernard Shaw 

1908 

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N.B.--There is a point of some technical interest to be noted
in this play.  The customary division into acts and scenes has
been disused, and a return made to unity of time and place, as
observed in the ancient Greek drama.  In the foregoing tragedy,
The Doctor's Dilemma, there are five acts; the place is altered
five times; and the time is spread over an undetermined period
of more than a year.  No doubt the strain on the attention of
the audience and on the ingenuity of the playwright is much
less; but I find in practice that the Greek form is inevitable
when drama reaches a certain point in poetic and intellectual
evolution.  Its adoption was not, on my part, a deliberate

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