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If You Would Recommend ONE Straight Play on Broadway...

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Which ONE straight play would you say is a must-see on Broadway right now?

I would like to see a non-musical play again but am having a tough time deciding. I hear DEUCES and MAGICAL THINKING aren't worth it. So then what? FROST/NIXON? MOON FOR THE MISBEGOTTEN? TALK RADIO?

Will be in NYC May 5-9.
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The Opposite of Sex. O:)
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Updated On: 4/19/07 at 02:09 AM
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Inherit the Wind

if you are able to see two...Journey's End
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Journey's End
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Barring a The Coast of Utopia marathon, Blackbird or Journey's End.
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I would say Coast of Utopia......but that's not possible for you.

There are only three Coast of Utopia marathon dates left in the run. I wish I could attend one of them.... re: If You Would Recommend ONE Straight Play on Broadway...

I'm seeing Radio Golf on Saturday we'll see how that goes....sounds interesting though.

Deuce wasn't the worst play ever....and it was kinda cool to see Landsbury and Seldes, but if you only have one play.....see something else. Like Journey's End if it's still around.
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Frost/Nixon, definitely.
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Utopia.
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The Year of Magical Thinking is amazing.

I also enjoyed Frost/Nixon and A Moon For the Misbegotten.

Talk Radio, however, bored me to tears.

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Updated On: 4/19/07 at 06:23 AM
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Although, Deuce is not supposed to be THAT good...when is the next time you will see Angela Lansbury on Broadway? I say go see it just for her. You will have plenty of time to see a different straight play on your next trip, and who knows? You may end up liking it....remember how much you loved Seussical? re: If You Would Recommend ONE Straight Play on Broadway...
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I know you said only one, but Coram Boy and Journey's End are both incredible!!!!!! See both if you can.
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Journey's end or Talk Radio (If just for Liev's tour de force)
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journey's end or talk radio.
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moon for the misbegotten is quite an experience.
talk radio ofcourse is great.
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Journey's End (assuming Utopia isn't a possibility or you don't want to see only one part).
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JOURNEY'S END
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I would say 'Frost/Nixon' just for Langella, but 'Inherit The Wind' is one I'd really love to see.
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Journey's end- amazing all around production that will have a lasting effect.
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Why does it have to be a Broadway show? The shows off broadway are generally more challenging and interesting...and have infinitely less irritating audience members. Try JACK GOES BOATING or KIND HEDLEY II.
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"Journey's End" is amazing, but "Coram Boy" is best I have seen on a stage this year-

"Frost/Nixon" and "Inherit the Wind" are also great !
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I would say Inherit the Wind or Frost/Nixon. Both are very powerful.
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A Moon for the Misbegotten is a beautiful play. I have seen several productions and have directed it myself. My friend saw it in London and really like it, although if you can get the DVD with Colleen Dewhurst and Jason Robards, that's the one to see.

I saw Journey's End in London and it was riveting. I'd suggest that above Moon.
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Journey's End.
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Blackbird.

lots of strong suggestions already on the board (coram boy -- huge! ... journey's end -- strong (very strong, but not huge) ... moon -- not my taste, but deserves to be on any straight play short-list ... yadda yadda), but Blackbird is unique in this list. even brantley says it "... promises to be the most powerful drama of the season ..." and i bet he's right.

(not a bet i often make!)
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JOURNEY'S END.

I don't think UTOPIA is worth it unless you can see the entire trilogy. If you want to look Off-Broadway, I would recommend BLACKBIRD, but it's sold out until the end of May.
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