'The Blue Room' by Arthur Schnitzler, is a ten-act
play in which ten different characters have separate
sexual adventures, but all are connected.
All the stories are intimate with a dark twist, this
usually being a slight comedy edge or some personal
development of the characters.
The acts are always with two characters, which, are
always one male and the other female. In each act, the
characters share a game of power, domination,
subservience and sex.
This balance shifts consequently with the
characters desires and submission; For example, in the
first act, we meet the characters: the Cab Driver and
At first the girl uses her youth and (forced)
enthusiasm to seduce the Cab Driver, who in turn,
switches the power balance by first warming to her
advances, only then to become the dominant personality
in this act by convincing the girl to have intercourse
only on his terms.
This then is switched around in the second act when
the same Cab Driver has a liaison with another
character, The Au pair. These characters have a
different game of power, ending with the 'naive' Au
pair satisfied with her Independence and the
'confident' Cab Driver with his uncertainty in being
All these games of who has power over who,
fluctuate as each character seeks to gain sexual
gratification from the other. Whether this is for a
thrill, romance or just to FEEL something, depends on
the what that particular character lacks in their