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re: Comedic Playwrights?

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Christopher_Acts
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Comedic Playwrights?
Posted: 8/27/04 at 02:26am
Can anyone help me out compiling a list of great comedic PLAYWRIGHTS? (no musical theatre, for once )

I'm having a hard time getting past works by the likes of Neil Simon and David Ives...

Any input?
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etoile
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re: Comedic Playwrights?
Posted: 8/27/04 at 02:31am
Really? I have to question how hard have you really tried?

Have you done a search of: Plays Comedy?
Rest in peace, Iflitifloat.
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Christopher_Acts
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re: Comedic Playwrights?
Posted: 8/27/04 at 02:35am
Actually, yes I've tried.

My searches keep coming up empty for some reason right now...
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Link Larkin Wanabe
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re: Comedic Playwrights?
Posted: 8/27/04 at 02:43am
You obviously aren't working very hard at this...but I'll throw some leads in that will hopefully lead you to others: Shakespeare, Kaufman, Hart, Herb Gardner, Philip Barry.

Akiva
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MargoChanning
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re: Comedic Playwrights?
Posted: 8/27/04 at 02:43am
No limitations or parameters?

Aristophanes
Shakespeare
Moliere
Feydeau
Wilde
Coward
George S. Kaufman (and Moss Hart et al)
Hecht & MacArthur
Joseph Kesselring
Clare Booth Luce
Philip Barry
Mary Chase (Harvey)
Garson Kanin
Jean Kerr
Murray Schisgal
Alan Ayckbourn
Michael Frayn (Noises Off)
Herb Gardner
Charles Ludlam
Nicky Silver
Wendy Wasserstein
Caryl Churchill (sorta)
Christopher Durang
John Guare
Terrence McNally
Paul Rudnick
Joe Orton
Charles Busch
Douglas Carter Beane
Larry Shue
"What a story........ everything but the bloodhounds snappin' at her rear end." -- Birdie [http://margochanning.broadwayworld.com/] "The Devil Be Hittin' Me" -- Whitney
Updated On: 8/27/04 at 02:43 AM
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etoile
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re: Comedic Playwrights?
Posted: 8/27/04 at 02:44am
Well I would start with one, if not THE most, revered playwright. His works are often broken down into categories like The Comedies of, the Tragedies of, the Historical Plays of, and oh...he's known for his Sonnets too.
Rest in peace, Iflitifloat.
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StickToPriest
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re: Comedic Playwrights?
Posted: 8/27/04 at 02:46am
MArgo, you forgot Shaw.
"One no longer loves one's insight enough once one communicates it."

The opposite of creation isn't war, it's stagnation.
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Link Larkin Wanabe
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re: Comedic Playwrights?
Posted: 8/27/04 at 02:50am
And we all forgot Stoppard.

Akiva
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Christopher_Acts
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re: Comedic Playwrights?
Posted: 8/27/04 at 02:55am
wasn't really shootin for Shakespeare..

I don't usually use Shakespeare in an audition, unless I'm auditioning a Shakespeare show.

Thanks for the lists though. These will surely point me in the right direction!

:)
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MargoChanning
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re: Comedic Playwrights?
Posted: 8/27/04 at 02:57am
The problem is most playwrights employ humor on one level or another in their writing -- how much do they have use it to be considered "comedic playwrights." In the case of both Stoppard and Shaw, I find it reductive to describe them as just "comedic" playwrights -- yeah they can be very funny, but they're so much MORE than that. Personally, I think Beckett, Ionesco, and Albee can be quite hysterical, but would you call any of them just "comedic playwrights?"
"What a story........ everything but the bloodhounds snappin' at her rear end." -- Birdie [http://margochanning.broadwayworld.com/] "The Devil Be Hittin' Me" -- Whitney
Updated On: 8/27/04 at 02:57 AM
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Christopher_Acts
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re: Comedic Playwrights?
Posted: 8/27/04 at 03:04am
This is why we love Margo..

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Link Larkin Wanabe
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re: Comedic Playwrights?
Posted: 8/27/04 at 03:18am
Margo,

I would consider all those mentioned as comedic writers. I think that comedy can be so much more than what is nowadays considered as such. These playwrights took the comedy to the next level by discussing serious issues with a satirical, lighthearted look at life. I find the greatest comedies to be the ones you don't instantly think to be comedies.

Akiva
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StickToPriest
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re: Comedic Playwrights?
Posted: 8/27/04 at 03:27am
Correct. Charles Dickens was one of the greatest writers of comedy in English literature. Yet, when you think of him, you don't immediately think 'comedic'.
"One no longer loves one's insight enough once one communicates it."

The opposite of creation isn't war, it's stagnation.
MusicalDirector109
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re: Comedic Playwrights?
Posted: 8/27/04 at 09:56am
Neil Simon.-Sorry I didn't read the first post!!
Updated On: 8/27/04 at 09:56 AM
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lildogs
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re: Comedic Playwrights?
Posted: 8/27/04 at 10:32am
don't forget woody allen!

also david lindsay aubaire, craig lucas, john patrick shanley, harvey fierstein, and paula vogel
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CurtainUp
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re: Comedic Playwrights?
Posted: 8/27/04 at 02:52pm
Christopher Durang is fabulous
Rosencrantz: "Be happy - if you're not even HAPPY what's so good about surviving? We'll be all right. I suppose we just go on." - from Tom Stoppard's Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead
jwheeler2
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re: Comedic Playwrights?
Posted: 10/30/09 at 12:53pm
Rude.
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Kad
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re: Comedic Playwrights?
Posted: 10/30/09 at 03:14pm
I'd include Martin McDonagh on that list.
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Weez
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re: Comedic Playwrights?
Posted: 10/30/09 at 06:41pm
I'd wonder why jwheeler decided to bump such an elderly thread.

 
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