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Clybourne Park
I so wanted to love this play. Way too much of this play is characters mindlessly chatting about nothing and sadly much of what they talk about is uni ...more
Feb 11, 2012
Feb 16, 2012
Death in the Afternoon
This book is better in what it intends to do rather than what it achieves.
One should think that of all writers, Hemingway would be the ideal person to
Sep 22, 2009
Sep 15, 2009
Top Girls
Caryl Churchill is a master of taking what would in lesser hands be an experiment in collage and creating something emotionally charged and politicall ...more
Mar 03, 2008
Mar 03, 2008
The Seafarer
Christmas Eve in Baldoyle, five men play cards. Person histories are touched on, the disappointments of lives are mourned, poteen is drank, and shite ...more
Sep 22, 2008
Sep 21, 2008
Hamletmachine and Other Texts for the Stage
Reading this collection, it totally makes sense that Robert Wilson would team up with Muller on his gigantic the CIVIL warS project for the '84 Olympi ...more
not set
Jul 13, 2008
The Screens
I'm conflicted with this play. I've only read it, but it seems like the use of the screens as a trick for scenery (a fun technique in many plays) does ...more
Mar 02, 2008
Mar 03, 2008
As HAUNTED is much about the extent people might go to achieve fame, much of this book is about how far people go to be desired (to be beautiful, to b ...more
Apr 23, 2009
Apr 20, 2009
Gormenghast: Adapted from the Mervyn Peake's Trilogy of Novels (Modern Plays)
I haven't read the trilogy this play is based on, nor have I seen the lauded original production, so I must admit that I am a little uninformed.
This b
Mar 04, 2009
Mar 09, 2009
Germany Plays 2
A very different collection of plays than the first volume, it is just as interesting a read.

JAMACA is a very sad farce (who know that could exist!) a
Dec 2008
Dec 01, 2008
Act French: Contemporary Plays from France
Very interesting collection of plays. Most of them really are focused on language, but all in very different ways.
We were Sitting on the Edge of the W
Apr 11, 2011
Apr 13, 2011
In Cold Blood
I had this book on my shelf for ages and have been meaning to read it for longer than that. What kept encouraging me to read other books before it
May 11, 2009
May 11, 2009
New Playwrights: The Best Plays of 2005
So it's hard to write a review for a collection of this kind (where the only unifying factor is the year the plays were produced in New York), so I'll ...more
Apr 20, 2011
Apr 20, 2011
Less Than Zero
I'm not entirely sure what I think of this book.

Intellectually it is interesting. Using prose styling and thematic elements (and a haunting billboard
Jun 24, 2009
Jun 24, 2009
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Okay, first of all: the book description listed here is incorrect: this is not the musical, this is a play written several years prior to the musical. ...more
Sep 17, 2009
Sep 22, 2009
Two German Plays
Two very different plays, but both are quite interesting.

The Man Who Never Yet Saw Woman's Nakedness by Moritz Rinke is simply fantastic! It is physic
May 21, 2009
May 19, 2009
The Foreigner
A funny play with some good characters and a nice premise.

I was bothered a bit at how plainly bad the bad guys were and fully good the good guys were
Mar 26, 2009
Mar 27, 2009
Light Shining in Buckinghamshire
A play about the hopes that allowed for Cromwell to over-throw the British Crown, and the disappointment and anger that led to the return to Monarchy. ...more
Aug 04, 2009
Aug 04, 2009
The World Without Us
There is both much to admire and much to complain about in this book.

The stated premise is "What would happen to the world, and our human creations, i
May 25, 2009
May 19, 2009
Humana Festival '99: The Complete Plays (Humana Festival)
A collection of plays that run the gambit in styles and subject matter, not to mention length and means of production. This collection includes plays ...more
Mar 08, 2010
Feb 16, 2010
roMANIA After 2000: Five New Romanian Plays
STOP THE TEMPO: Three lost souls connect in Romania's night-life, and they find purpose in jolting fear into their fellow citizens but relatively mund ...more
Nov 19, 2009
Oct 21, 2009
amazingly detailed account of the American Revolutionary War, focusing primarily on the first part of the war when it looked like the Continental army ...more
Mar 26, 2009
Mar 27, 2009
Plays 1: Europe / The Architect / The Cosmonaut's Last Message to the Woman He Once Loved in the Former Soviet Union
Europe: A samll play about lots of things, the least of which is the effects of a failing economy on a small European town. While good, for me at leas ...more
Aug 10, 2009
Aug 09, 2009
The Cement Garden
I was a bit disappointed with this book. There are some good ideas and some of the writing is really strong (the section where the kids talk about how ...more
Sep 03, 2011
Sep 04, 2011
Our Forests Haven't Been This Wild in Forever
Maybe I just missed it, but this play felt rather disjointed. There was some double-casting that felt pointless. When the boys were in their own scene ...more
Dec 24, 2008
Dec 24, 2008
Three Pre-Surrealist Plays
Three really interesting plays decently translated.

The Blind: I need to look into if Beckett read much of Maeterlinck, because the more of him I read
May 29, 2009
May 28, 2009
Lost in Yonkers
The original production of this must have been amazing or just came out in a slow year theatrically. How else did this play win both the Tony and Puli ...more
Apr 16, 2009
Apr 16, 2009
Mrs. Warren's Profession
The best scenes in this play are the two between Mrs. Warren and her daughter, especially the second one. What is nice about those scenes is that unde ...more
Mar 19, 2009
Mar 22, 2009
I Am America (And So Can You!)
You can almost hear Stephen's voice when reading this book, and it's quite an easy, enjoyable read. But what makes The Colbert Report so much fun is n ...more
Apr 15, 2009
Apr 16, 2009
Don Juan in Soho: After Molière
3.5 stars
I generally like this version of Don Juan, and I particularly like the treatment of the first two acts. My only complaint is the treatment of
Dec 31, 2008
Jan 02, 2009
Kiss Me Like You Mean It
At first this play seemed like it was going to be one of those fun but rather forgettable coupling-comedies where we watch two people come together. b ...more
Mar 19, 2009
Mar 22, 2009
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