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Three Plays

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Published together for the first time are three of Ayn Rand's most compelling stage plays. The courtroom drama Night of January 16th, famous for its open-ended verdict, is presented here in its definitive text. Also included are two of Rand's unproduced plays, Think Twice, a clever philosophical murder mystery, and Ideal, a bitter indictment of people's willingness to betr ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published April 5th 2005 by Signet
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Jack Gardner
Sep 24, 2009 Jack Gardner rated it it was amazing
While I agree to the underlying premise of Ayn Rand's philosophy, I think that she takes it to extremes. That being said, I think Rand's fiction is important for people to read. Being the best that an individual can be is an admirable goal. All of her heroes, while not necessarily virtuous or even all that likable, are the best men that they could possibly be. Rand considers selfishness a virtue and selflessness the ultimate evil. I think that is where she is an extremist. I don't think it's pos ...more
Devlin Scott
Apr 13, 2013 Devlin Scott rated it it was amazing
Three Plays by Ayn Rand

Night of January 16th ****

Ideal ****

Think Twice *****

The first play is a murder trial in which the audience (or the reader) determines the verdict. (This play was actually produced this way in the early 1930's)

The second is an example of "objectivist" principles as a woman accused of murder tries to "escape".

In the third we are witnesses to a murder and investigation in which all the suspects have a clear and strong motive.

I highly recommend the play Think Twice for any am
Daniel Stevens
Jun 25, 2014 Daniel Stevens rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book contains three plays written by Rand. They are all basically murder mysteries. The first two stories would have caused me to give the book 3 or 4 stars, but the last one was the best and it is why I gave it a fifth star. The last one, "Think Twice" is more of a classic who done it type of mystery. It is curious that it was the only one that was never produced, but it would actually make a pretty good movie in my opinion. As to why it has never been produced, that likely has more to do ...more
Faith Gudal
Mar 01, 2015 Faith Gudal rated it really liked it
Of the three plays, I found night of January 16th the best, although Ideal was extremely interesting because of the unique storyline taken to such an extreme. Think twice was a little dull for me compared to the rest of Ayn rands works. I love the idea of January 16th putting the reader and audience members on trial. I thought it was not at all a gimmick but instead shows the reader what their own values are. I always enjoy the forewords to rands books and this was no exception. I think they are ...more
Roslyn Ross
Jan 14, 2014 Roslyn Ross rated it liked it
I enjoyed reading these plays because I felt like I was saying "Hi" to an old friend. But they just pale in comparison to Atlas Shrugged, The Romantic Manifesto and the Virtue of Selfishness. I can't recommend these for anyone except fans who have read pretty much everything else. I would recommend We the Living, the Fountainhead and Anthem before these. They just feel like baby-stories compared to what her work became. Like she is exploring ideas in these plays but doesn't really have the answe ...more
Elliot Huxtable
May 26, 2016 Elliot Huxtable rated it it was ok
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Although these plays are well written, the characters fleshed out and the speeches often sparkling, they make the skin crawl. Rand's central philosophy is nasty and vicious and abhorrent. She views altruism as the first evil and selfishness as pure.
Feb 04, 2014 Govind rated it really liked it
The 'Night of January 16th' is an outstanding work along the lines of 'Fountainhead'; reminds of Gail Wynand and Dominique Francon throughout the play.
Sherrie Pilkington
Nov 27, 2013 Sherrie Pilkington rated it it was ok
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Oh, Ayn Rand...why must you be so recalcitrant? There are 3 plays in this book (duh) and the first, Night of January 16th, is really, actually, quite good. It's a courtroom melodrama, but it doesn't tell you the verdict. There are two separate endings based on what the audience votes. Very entertaining. The second one, Ideal, is terrible. I have nothing good to say about that play. It's clunky, awkward, and the theme is weak. The third, Think Twice, is a closed house murder mystery. I don't thin ...more
Aubrey Lonsberry
Jun 22, 2016 Aubrey Lonsberry rated it it was amazing
Excellent. I highly recommend these plays, especially Think Twice.
Aug 29, 2011 Katlyn rated it really liked it
I read this for my American Author (post 1900) class. Well, we only read two of the plays (Think Twice and Ideal). Both were very captivating and a great introduction to the rest of Ayn Rand's longer fiction pieces (some of which I will be reading for the same class. I might read the third at some point because the other two were great.

If you like reading plays, I highly suggest these two. They are both quick reads but will definitely leave you thinking about Ayn Rand's fantastic characters.
AJ Calhoun
Nov 04, 2013 AJ Calhoun rated it liked it
Night of January 16th is the only one in this collection which was compelling to me as a non-devotee of objectivism. Think Twice has been hear else's as this volumes gem, however I found it far less subtle than The rest of Rand's body of work. Ideal is just blah. Worth a read if you liked Rand's other books, but certainly not wholly of the same quality.
Nov 13, 2010 Amy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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The narrator really brought these 3 early works (plays) of Ayn Rand to life. "Think Twice" is the most amazing of the three.
Nov 23, 2010 Whitney rated it really liked it
Read The Night of January 16th in this edition. Ideal and Think Twice read in The Early Ayn Rand.
Sep 17, 2008 Russell rated it liked it
"The night of January 16" is the one to read
Apr 05, 2016 Annabelle rated it it was amazing
Ayn Rand-lite...just the way I like it.
Feb 21, 2008 Fpase rated it liked it
She's still a nut.
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