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Enron

3.9  ·  Rating Details ·  155 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
One of the most infamous scandals in financial history becomes a theatrical epic. At once a case study and an allegory, the play charts the notorious rise and fall of Enron and its founding partners Ken Lay and Jeffrey Skilling, who became reviled figures from the financial scandal of the century, with quotes like, "The only difference between me and the people judging me ...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published April 15th 2010 by Bloomsbury Methuen Drama (first published 2009)
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Ceilidh
Jul 06, 2011 Ceilidh rated it really liked it
Completely and utterly bonkers.

The entire ENRON case - where the company committed one of the largest cases of financial fraud in history by misrepresenting earnings to improve their performance, modifying balance sheets and a little light laundering - is so bombastic, so ridiculous that it's hard to believe it really happened. It was one of the most successful smoke and mirror shows in business history so it makes sense that Lucy Prebble's play would be built upon the thrill of the illusion, cr
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Realini
May 17, 2016 Realini rated it really liked it
Shelves: theater, delightful
Enron by Lucy Prebble
Listening to this play about The Smartest Guys in the Room is glorious entertainment

In many ways, this is an incredible, fascinating and thrilling story.
Alas, it is also true.
"You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time." - Abraham Lincoln

What is unbelievable is that Enron managed to pull the trick of fooling all the people for so long, even after clear signs of an impending catastrophe ha
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Elisha
2.5 stars.

Reading playscripts isn't exactly my favourite thing to do anyway, but especially not when the play is all about finance and economics. I absolutely cannot fathom economics. I like to think that I'm alright when it comes to maths; I did it up to AS Level, after all, even though my grades were mixed to say the least. However, I completely lose it when people talk about stock markets and things like that. Even the metaphorical language often used alongside financial talk loses me. This j
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Jordan
Jun 25, 2010 Jordan rated it liked it
Sets the basic events of the Enron scandal to a somewhat muddled plot, but with amazing characterization. The play gives insight into Andy Fastow's involvement with Enron that has not been seen in other sources. The play becomes convaluted near its end, rushing the events of the hearings and lawsuits into a very short span of pages, but otherwise is a good read for anyone with prior interest in Enron.
Rachel Linn
Jan 10, 2015 Rachel Linn rated it it was amazing
Shelves: theatre
My kind of play. Good dialogue, great images, and just a little bit of magic to drive it all home. I liked this so much better than Copenhagen, even though I would group them into the same micro-genre.
Avantguarddog
Feb 28, 2013 Avantguarddog rated it really liked it
This was an excellent, accessible look at a complex financial crime. I'm only sad that I never saw it on stage.
Sarah Kosar
May 21, 2011 Sarah Kosar rated it it was amazing
Best Theatre production I've ever seen! Gotta read it. Especially if American, will blow your mind. How someone can take a financial crisis and make it entertainment, and intellectual entertainment.
Karen (A Simple Cup of Tea)
Jan 25, 2011 Karen (A Simple Cup of Tea) rated it it was amazing
This is pure brilliance. Engaging, exciting and doomed from the start it is a play that messes with your moral compass right to the end.
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