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This play by Luigi Pirandello is a play that focuses on its own fictional status as a theatrical pretence. The play was originally written in Italian with three acts and was published in the year 1921 and Edward Storer later translated it into English. This drama is an absurdist metatheatrical one. With the creation of this play, Pirandello as a playwright had taken away the traditional methods of theatrical performances.The play represents the arrival of six characters in search of an author. The sudden coming of the characters created a great stir among the audience. The actors include the Father, the Mother, the Son, the step-daughter, the Boy and the Child. On the stage a rehearsal of the Pirandello’s Mixing It Up was going to take place when they came. This drama is a kind of play inside a play. The characters referred their drama as something cannot be enacted on the conventional theatre. Considering the dialogues of the characters we can understand that their main concern is theatre and acknowledging the theatrical situation. This often reveals the metadramatic exploration of the nature of the theatre. While reading the text we can connect this play to a modernistic one. The play tries to explore the idea of ‘before’ and ‘after’ rather than exposition-development-resolution. Some elements of realism can be traced out from the play. In a sense we can say there occurs a conflict between illusion and reality.The association between the author (creator) and the characters (created) is clearly portrayed in this play. The six characters were abandoned by their creator, at this point they felt disappointed. However, they go in search of another author who will be able to accomplish their wishes. This situation throws light into the relation between creator and the created. Moreover, the authorial betrayal does not make them as victims since they can be realized by an another author. As far as Pirandello is concerned, the actors need to be recognized by their author. Hence he allowed one of his characters to say that one must have luck to be born as a character in a play. Regarding the earlier characters of other plays their roles are passive, give way to the author. They believed that whatever the author has done will be in favour of the plot and them. In this drama, the manager agreed to stage the characters’ drama and was supposed to put the props. The stepdaughter criticized the manager for standing in favour of the author. In most modern contexts, characters are in want of recognition and they show their responses too. They are also ready to point out their objection against authorial upper hand. Their inclination to freedom leads to estrangement and alienation.In a way the play is self-reflexive as it openly showcases the processes behind the artful composition. The concept of ‘absurdity’ in the drama made it to stand by its own. The manager in the play divides the drama into acts to the stepdaughter and the Father. A play inside a play, is to give way to many illusions through the actions. It aids in the recognition of elements like comic themes, absurdity, strangeness. The idea of foregrounding is also employed in this work. The discussion on theatre and theatrical aspects is a better way to enact the lived emotions of the characters which adds to the credo of the play. So it is said to be a ‘meta-theatre’.The play at large focuses on the absurdity and many aspects of life. Meaningless actions and irrational dialogues makes no significance to the comprehension of the viewers, however theater of absurd is full of that. The titular characters in the play have no names and they are addressed according to their positions in the family. As characters they believe that their existence is only for the sake of the drama and even claim as they are live characters.