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jamiekennywicked
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Posted: 6/17/11 at 05:51pm
I recently got more into plays after so many years of an interest in just musicals. I recently read AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY and was wondering, what are some other plays I have to read?
''With the number of people I ignore, I'm lucky I work at all in this town'' - Helena Bonham Carter
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givesmevoice
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Posted: 6/17/11 at 05:53pm
Peer Gynt and The Visit are two of my favorites.
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Posted: 6/17/11 at 05:57pm
OUR TOWN
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Posted: 6/17/11 at 05:58pm
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
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Jordan Catalano
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Posted: 6/17/11 at 05:59pm
A few off the top of my head -

THE CRUCIBLE
OUR TOWN
THE BEAUTY QUEEN OF LEENANE
SIDE MAN
THE PILLOWMAN
STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE
LONG DAYS JOURNEY INTO NIGHT
PROOF
COME BACK TO THE FIVE AND DIME, JIMMY DEAN, JIMMY DEAN
THE GLASS MENAGERIE
THE ROYAL FAMILY
DEATH AND THE MAIDEN
KILLER JOE
DEATH OF A SALESMAN
'NIGHT MOTHER
TIME STANDS STILL
ALL MY SONS
WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF
THE SHAPE OF THINGS
SPEED THE PLOW
NEXT FALL
THE MERCY SEAT
FIFTH OF JULY
BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS
EXIT THE KING
FENCES
HEDDA GABLER
THREE SISTERS
CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF
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Kad
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Posted: 6/17/11 at 06:00pm
Some essentials:
Streetcar Named Desire
Death of a Salesman
The Cherry Orchard
A Doll's House
Our Town
Tartuffe
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Angels in America
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Reginald Tresilian
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Posted: 6/17/11 at 06:02pm
Jordan, you left out STAR-SPANGLED GIRL.
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Idiot
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Posted: 6/17/11 at 06:02pm
THE GOAT or Who Is Sylvia? By Edward Albee
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Jordan Catalano
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Posted: 6/17/11 at 06:03pm
Reg, I'm sure I left out a LOT.
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jamiekennywicked
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Posted: 6/17/11 at 06:06pm
Thanks for the suggestions, everyone :)
Out of interest, what do people think of August Osage County?
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Jordan Catalano
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Posted: 6/17/11 at 06:08pm
I thought it was an exceptional play.
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Posted: 6/17/11 at 06:08pm
I believe it's generally thought to be one of the best plays of the decade.
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Posted: 6/17/11 at 06:11pm
The same playwright wrote KILLER JOE (which I included in my list) and if you don't mind something incredibly dark, I'd really suggest reading it. A film version with Matthew Mcconaughey and Gina Gershon will be out this year and I'm beyond excited to see it.
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Reginald Tresilian
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Posted: 6/17/11 at 06:13pm
Not that you said you wanted something similar, but if you particularly liked OSAGE, I think you'll particularly like WHO'S AFRAID OF VA. WOOLF.
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Posted: 6/17/11 at 06:13pm
I'd add my fave, if awfully produced, Tennessee Williams play, Orpheus Descending to the list. As well as Caryl Churchill's Cloud Nine which was the best theatre acting experience I ever had.
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Jordan Catalano
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Posted: 6/17/11 at 06:15pm
I've never read CLOUD NINE, Eric. I don't think I've actually ever heard of it....
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bwayfan7000
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Posted: 6/17/11 at 06:20pm
Definitely Angels in America, and a lot of the others listed above. I'd add Lost in Yonkers and Doubt to that list.
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Posted: 6/17/11 at 06:27pm
TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD
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Almira
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Posted: 6/17/11 at 06:53pm
A little Shaw shout out:

MRS WARREN'S PROFESSION

MAJOR BARBARA

PYGMALION
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Posted: 6/17/11 at 07:50pm
I would recommend some of Horten Foote's plays.
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willep
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Posted: 6/18/11 at 12:46am
Equus
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dramamama611
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Posted: 6/18/11 at 01:40am
'Night Mother and Extremities are two very powerful plays.


August is one helluva good play.
If we're not having fun, then why are we doing it? These are DISCUSSION boards, not mutual admiration boards. Discussion only occurs when we are willing to hear what others are thinking, regardless of whether it is alignment to our own thoughts.
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Idiot
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Posted: 6/18/11 at 01:47am
When I saw THE GOAT in Los Angeles a few years ago, I left thinking that it was the best non musical play I'd ever seen.

Did anyone have this experience with the NY production?
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BroadwayGirl107
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Posted: 6/18/11 at 01:59am
Two of my absolute favorites:

DANCING AT LUGHNASA by Brian Friel
DOUBT by John Patrick Shanley

I also agree that if you like AUGUST, you will love WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?
"This country, this experiment, America, this hubris: what a lament if no one saw it go. Here today, gone tomorrow. Dissipation is actually much worse than cataclysm."--August: Osage County
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Mister Matt
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Posted: 6/18/11 at 12:16pm
An Inspector Calls
Cloudstreet
The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?
God of Carnage

I thought August: Osage County was...okay. To me, it was overly long and by the third act, became the kitchen sink of family dysfunction. by the time it ended, the barrage of bombs being dropped desensitized me and I was weary with the tedium.
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Q
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Posted: 6/18/11 at 12:42pm
Idiot - I saw the LA production, and was blown away. I've always been a fan of Brian Kerwin (for a variety of reasons!) and he provided one of my greater theatrical experiences in that production (and the set was EXCEPTIONAL, I thought.)

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