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Ubu Roi (King Ubu) is a play developed by Alfred Jarry. It was premiered on December 10 1896, and is widely acknowledged as a theatrical precursor to the Absurdist, Dada and Surrealist art movements. It is the first of three plays written throughout Jarry's life that satirize European philosophies, and their sometimes ludicrous practices. The two following plays were Ubu Cocu (Ubu Cuckolded) and Ubu Enchaîné (Ubu Enchained), neither of which were performed in Jarry's lifetime.
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Ubu Roi (King Ubu) is a play developed by Alfred Jarry. It was premiered on December 10 1896, and is widely acknowledged as a theatrical precursor to the Absurdist, Dada and Surrealist art movements. It is the first of three plays written throughout Jarry's life that satirize European philosophies, and their sometimes ludicrous practices. The two following plays were Ubu Cocu (Ubu Cuckolded) and Ubu Enchaîné (Ubu Enchained), neither of which were performed in Jarry's lifetime.

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A play or stageplay, written by a playwright, or dramatist, is a form of literature, almost always consisting of dialog between characters, intended for performance rather than reading. However, many people and especially scholars simply read and study plays in this more academic manner, particularly classical plays such as those of Shakespeare. And there are rare dramatists, notably George Bernard Shaw, who have had little preference whether their plays were performed or read. So, the term play refers both to the written works of playwrights and to their complete theatrical performance.

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