The first thing to say about Walker’s plays is that they are very funny. But they are not comedies. His characters, who in many of his plays are living in the environment he grew up in, face overwhelming odds, are under great pressure, have no time to edit or censor what comes spontaneously out of their mouths, and struggle desperately to find some small scrap of agency in the reality they face. And what they say and do to each other can be very funny and very dark in the same moment.

The second thing to say about Walker’s plays is that they are very angry: angry at the cultural, social, and especially economic injustices that bear down on the class of people whose experience he draws on for his characters.

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Citation: Nunn, Robert. "George F. Walker". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 24 May 2023 [, accessed 01 June 2023.]

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