Norm Foster

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  • Ed Mullaly (University of New Brunswick)

Norm Foster (b. 1949) is generally recognized as Canada's most produced playwright. In a Globe and Mail article, theatre commentator Richard Ouzounian linked the Fredericton writer with Alan Ayckbourn (England) and Neil Simon (United States) as the three most talked-about playwrights of their respective countries. Significantly, producers, especially of summer stock, now speak about “doing a Norm Foster” just as they used to talk about “doing a Neil Simon”. Foster's humour does indeed contain echoes of the plot-driven comedies of Simon and Ayckbourn, but his writing also reflects the work of comic, character-driven playwrights such as Woody Allen and television comedians such as Jerry Seinfeld, combining the virtues of …

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Citation:
Mullaly, Ed. "Norm Foster". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 20 April 2004
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