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The Complete Plays by Joe Orton
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Aug 20, 2011

really liked it

Joe Orton redefined English theater in a way that is almost impossible to describe except to say that anyone who has ever laughed at Monty Python sketch owes him a pint. Violent, insane, brilliantly funny, this collection of plays displays the virtuosic wit and biting social satire that defined Orton's short career. If there is ultimately a lack of compassion for humanity it may be what we would have ultimately seen in Orton's later plays if he had lived to write them. In the end, it is this lack of broader scope that makes his work amusing and interesting to me rather than deeply satisfying- but that he's memorable is absolutely certain, and very much worth reading.

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