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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
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
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...more
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...more
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...more
Apr 11, 2011
Apr 13, 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...more
Jun 24, 2009
Jun 24, 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
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...more
May 11, 2009
May 11, 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...more
May 21, 2009
May 19, 2009
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...more
Sep 22, 2009
Sep 15, 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...more
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
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
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 3: Icecream / Mad Forest / Thyestes / The Skriker / Lives of the Great Poisoners / A Mouthful of Birds
Icecream: 4
Mad Forrest: 4.5
Thyestes: 2
The Skriker: 3
Lives of the Great Poisoners: impossible to say without seeing it
A Mouthful of Birds: 3

but all are...more
Aug 24, 2009
Aug 17, 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...more
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...more
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
The Bell Jar
It's amazing how completely real this book feels. I know this is loosely based on Sylvia Plath's autobiographical life events ten years prior to writi...more
May 18, 2009
May 12, 2009
Over There
Very interesting play about many things, including identity, love, modern Germany, and how divisions affect trust.

It is quite a brief play, and it is...more
Aug 15, 2009
Aug 17, 2009
The Girl Who Married a Lion: and Other Tales from Africa
This collection of fables, stories, and mythologies are fascinating, partially for their images and tales (which more often than not are great), but a...more
Apr 26, 2009
Apr 26, 2009
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