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Death and Taxes: Hydriotaphia and Other Plays

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"This is an odd assemblage of plays, for which gathering-together there is no overarching thematic justification. Because several of the plays deal with death, and one of the death-plays deals as well with money, and the last play deals with taxation, we're calling the book Death & Taxes. But all plays, directly or indirectly, are about death and taxes, so this title e ...more
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Published December 1st 1998 by Theatre Communications Group
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Sep 24, 2013 McKenzie Lynn Tozan rated it really liked it
There's something to be said about the beauty that goes on in Kushner's plays. While not as highly valued as ANGELS IN AMERICA, HYDRIOTAPHIA is something of a comparison, in the way the world opens up, and though angels do not appear, the hint of them--the most beautiful of qualities found in these characters--is, by the end, released. While still greatly mirroring that of the Restoration Period (and offering some hint of the oncoming, the Neo-classical), Kushner's plays remain, at least, relati ...more
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There's no greater irony than a miser dying of constipation. That's the central plot point of Tony Kushner's Hydriotaphia. A motley gaggle of absurdist characters bring their ulterior motives to a dying rich man's deathbed, to make for what's now my favorite play.
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Tony Kushner is an award-winning American playwright most famous for his play Angels in America, for which he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize. He is also co-author, along with Eric Roth, of the screenplay of the 2005 film Munich, which was directed by Steven Spielberg and earned Kushner (along with Roth) an Academy Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay.
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“Seven characters are too many for a ten-minute play. It'll be twenty minutes long! Fuck it. One of them is dead and the others can all talk fast.” 6 likes
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