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None of these plays are quite as good as Norman's brilliant "'Night, Mother" but they all have their own positive qualities. My favorite was "Getting Out," which used some very interesting staging ideas to show someone plagued by her past. My least favorite was "Third and Oak," which had good individual moments but as a whole was rambly and disconnected. The final two in the anthology are both solid but not outstanding.
Marsha Norman is an American playwright, screenwriter, and novelist. She received the 1983 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for her play 'night, Mother. She wrote the book and lyrics for such Broadway musicals as The Secret Garden, for which she won a Tony Award and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Book of a Musical, and The Red Shoes, as well as the libretto for the musical The Color Purple.More about Marsha Norman...