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message 1: by RezA (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:43AM) (new)

RezA | 2 comments top ten plays you've read?

message 2: by Tenaciousleigh (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:44AM) (new)

Tenaciousleigh | 7 comments I Am My Own Wife by Doug Wright.

Lobby Hero by Kenneth Lonergan.

The Bald Soprano by Eugene Ionesco.

Miss. Julie by Strindberg.

Enemy of the People (Ibsen?)

Trifles by Susan Glaspell.

Adding Machine by Rice.

Iron by Rona Munro.

Frozen by Bryoney Lavery.

Pterodactylls by Nicky Silver.

message 3: by Marc (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:44AM) (new)

Marc (marcbeaudin) | 21 comments "Hamlet" by Bill
"Macbeth" by Bill
"Amadeus" by Shaffer
"Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf" by Pinter
"Marat/Sade" by Weiss
"Zoo Story" by Albee
"The Exonerated" by Blank & Jennsen
"Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead" by Stoppard
"A Lie of the Mind" by Shepard
"No Exit" by Sartre

message 4: by Ali (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:44AM) (new)

Ali Tenaciousleigh
Your list made me nostalgic; ages back, I played Jean in Miss Julie, have directed; The Bold Superano, played Dr. Stockmann in Enemy of the People, and Zero in Elmer Rice's Adding Machine. The lady who played Daisy died of cancer a few months after our performance, God, what a memory...
Who's afraid of Virginia Wolf is by Albee or Pinter?
I've directed Zoo Story as well,.. this is wonderfull to read about all your favorites .. thanks

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le bricoleur Boyle (le_bricoleur) | 12 comments Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf was most definitely written by Edward Albee.

In no particular order, my ten (or more):

Endgame - Samuel Beckett
Anna in the Tropics - Nilo Cruz
The Importance of Being Ernest - Oscar Wilde
Angels in America - Tony Kushner
August: Osage County - Tracy Lett
Rabbit Hole - David Linsay Abaire
Glengarry Glen Ross - David Mamet
Long Day's Journey into Night - Eugene O'Neill
Jumpers - Tom Stoppard
The Night of the Iguana - Tennessee Williams
Proof - David Auburn
The American Dream - Edward Albee
King Lear - William Shakespeare

And my favourite book about theatre:

Theory/Theatre by Mark Fortier.

Fortier's tiny volume applies critical and cultural theory to drama and theatre. If you are the sort of person who wonders what Deluze, Spivak or Butler would have to say about the medium of theatre or about particular plays, or needs to impart that sort of knowledge to your students, then Theory/Theatre will become an invaluable resource.

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Amanda (randymandy) | 51 comments This is a terribly difficult question! Plays you've read is of course different than plays you've done, or just seen. Yes, very difficult question...

message 7: by Jenna (new)

Jenna | 110 comments My responses could change based on how I feel (or as I read more plays) but I also tend to be fairly consistent, too...

Fruen fra havet [The Lady from the Sea:] by Henrik Ibsen (trans. Brian Johnson)
All's Well that Ends Well by William Shakespeare
Heartbreak House by Bernard Shaw
Under Fire by Roi Megrue Cooper (rather obscure 1917 American thriller melodrama)
Lady Windermere's Fan by Oscar Wilde
The Bachelor by Ivan Turgenev (trans. Stephen Mulrine)
Uncle Vanya by Anton Chekhov (trans. Laurence Senelick(or any of the other major Chekhov works)
The Skriker by Caryl Churchill
Translations by Brien Friel
Our Country's Good by Timberlake Wertenbaker

message 8: by Jenna (new)

Jenna | 110 comments le bricoleur - yes, I agree Mark Fortier's work makes theory much more accessible. I also found Barry's Beginning Theory a useful primer.

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Amanda (randymandy) | 51 comments Galileo by Brecht

message 10: by Hannah (last edited Jun 23, 2008 12:18PM) (new)

Hannah | 2 comments In response to post 5, you have great taste and clearly you read enough to know the good stuff. I have a huge thing for Mamet and O'Neill. Rabbit Hole is just solid work all around. Anyway, great list.

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