Favorite plays...

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    Sep 25, 2007 1:09 PM GMT
    Since we're all gay, we're allowed to like theatre! :-)

    What are your favourite plays, and for what reason?
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    Sep 25, 2007 1:17 PM GMT
    To start the ball rolling, a few of mine are:

    Translations (Brian Friel) "I am a stranger in a land where I am not understood"
    Molly Sweeney (also Brian Friel)

    virtually anything by Tom Stoppard but especially
    Arcadia
    Indian Ink - on the Anglo/Indian relationship. Apparently unintelligible to Americans.

    Hamlet
    Titus Andronicus - Brutal. Brutal. Brutal:
    "Tut, I have done a thousand dreadful things
    As willingly as one would kill a fly,
    And nothing grieves me heartily indeed
    But that I cannot do ten thousand more."


    I'll admit to liking "The Importance of Being Ernest" too :-)

    There was a superb performance entitled the Fall of the House of Usherettes in England by Forkbeard theatre. Wonderful stuff, themed around early cinema: "The Empire is Falling.. It falls a little further into the abyss each day"
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    Sep 25, 2007 2:04 PM GMT
    Tiger: I played Rosencrantz once!

    Favorite plays... hhhmmmmmmm i REALLY like Agnes of God, though i saw the movie first and then read the play.

    I was raised Catholic and when i renounced the church was about the time i saw and read Agnes. Completely and utterly amazing!

    I dont see many plays, though i have seen far too many musicals (I didn't get the gay gene that makes me like them either... bleeeggghhh), but i have read a lot of them. A lot of Shakespear mostly.

    I want to read Eqqus.
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    Sep 25, 2007 2:06 PM GMT
    Plays:

    Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
    (much better than the screenplay, much grittier)

    Glengarry GlenRoss
    Mamet being Mamet - doesn't get much better

    A Delicate Balance
    Albee being Albee -
    "Come on, Toby - it's only the first drink I'm not supposed to have." - Claire

    Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
    The screenplay was a good shot at this one, but onstage it's killer....

    Midsummer Night's Dream
    "Methinks I loved an ass!"

    Muscials:

    I Do! I Do!
    perhaps swayed by the fact that I saw this one with Robert Preston & Mary Martin - exquisite.

    The Roar of the Greasepaint, The Smell of the Crowd
    so typical 60's avante-garde - minimalist set, etc.

    My Fair Lady
    war horse. amazing.

    Sweeny Todd
    murder can be so attractive when done muscially
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    Sep 25, 2007 2:09 PM GMT
    'Night Mother
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    Sep 25, 2007 2:11 PM GMT
    Othello

    Dinner with Friends

    True West (Sheppard rocks)
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    Sep 25, 2007 2:11 PM GMT
    I used to be an actor and got to do some of my favorites.

    In Amadeus, I got to play the Emperor Joseph and in The Lion in Winter I got to play King Phillip of France. In Evita I was an aristocrat and the King of Spain. So as you can see, I've been the king of most European nations...onstage at least. LOL!

    My other favorite plays:

    A Streetcar Named Desire
    Come Back, Little Sheba
    The Elephant Man
    The Real Thing
    All My Sons
    The Skin of Our Teeth
    Doubt
    Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
    Noises Off
    See How they Run
    The Little Foxes

    That's all I can think of now, but we'll see what else comes up as I think about it.
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    Sep 25, 2007 2:29 PM GMT
    OOOHHH NNJ!!!!! Totally forgot about the classic Greek plays! LIVE for those!

    Electra rocks my world! As does Medea! Good cool!
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    Sep 25, 2007 2:33 PM GMT
    I like a lot of the ones mentioned here. I think one of my all time favs though is "Huis Clos"/"No Exit" by Sartre.

    "L'enfer, c'est les autres."

    No truer words ever spoken.
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    Sep 25, 2007 2:35 PM GMT
    The Bacchae

    Mother Courage

    The Importance of Being Ernest

    Titus Andronicus

    A Midsummer Night's Dream

    Macbeth

    Sweeney Todd

    Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
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    Sep 25, 2007 2:42 PM GMT
    Who Afraid of Virginia Wolf...Frankly I have never see the play, but if the movie (with Elizabeth Taylor/Richard Burton) is that good , I just can imaging how emotional the real play is.

    Why I like it. It kinda two male gay couple living together. They cant have children together. They argue with one another. They have sex with other people but realize they can only be sexually satisfies with each other. They make fun of each other pyhsical flaw and imperfection. They get drunk together. Sound like gay married/partnership to me.

    Sorry guys, I dont mean to insult happy gay married couple , its just the play could have easily adopted to gay theme play by two gay actor.
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    Sep 25, 2007 3:39 PM GMT
    You know what's strange? In GlenGary Glenross, that role that Alec Baldwin plays in the movie wasn't in the stage version. That role and scene were written specifically for the movie by Mamet.

    It's a great scene.

    "Yeah, I used to be a salesman. It's a tough racket..."
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    Sep 25, 2007 3:40 PM GMT
    The quarterback sneak.
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    Sep 25, 2007 3:51 PM GMT
    Favorite Plays -

    Almost any of Shakespeares Histories or Comedies... I love going to the New Globe.

    Modern Honorable Mentions:

    Tony Kushner (Angels in America)
    Richard Nelson (An American Comedy)
    Marsha Norman (The Secret Garden)
    Lanford Wilson (Talley's Folly)
    David Rabe (In the Boom Boom Room)
  • jc_online

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    Sep 25, 2007 4:19 PM GMT
    You've all mentioned some really great plays, but I'd like to add Larry Kramer's The Normal Heart.

    Historically, it is the best written about the beginnings of the AIDS epidemic and the formation of our community's response - the formation of Gay Men's Health Crisis in NY.

    Also, the protagonist has an excellent soliloquy about all of the gay people in history "We're there - we've always been there..." This passage inspired me to research the people mentioned and I learned a lot about queer history. It also ignited my passion to learn and continue to retell lgbt histories and herstories.

    Good theatre changes lives - this one certainly changed mine.
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    Sep 25, 2007 4:26 PM GMT
    anything by christopher durang
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    Sep 25, 2007 5:18 PM GMT
    Grey Gardens was amazing--glad I saw it this summer in NYC before it closed!
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    Sep 25, 2007 7:20 PM GMT
    Since we're getting into more expansive lists, I'll add a few more (in no particular order):

    The Sandbox
    Long Day's Journey into Night
    Death of a Salesman
    Jerker
    Hecuba
    Don Juan in Hell (Act III of "Man and Superman")

    Regarding Glengarry - the addition of Alec Baldwin's character to the first scene was a good move by Mamet. It added more impetus to the beginning of the story. But it's still great without it...IMHO.



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    Sep 25, 2007 8:11 PM GMT
    I am delighted that Euripedes made it over to the US... Electra is my favourite, if only because the most ravishing woman I have ever seen played Clytemnestra in a production in Exeter, UK once.

    Who's afraid of Virginia Woolf?

    Me! I'm afraid of Virginia Woolf!

    ::chortle:: Alan Bennett is *rather* good to be sure.

    Most memorable for me was a play called "6 dead wives and an inflatable Henry" which was about a self help group set up for the ex-wives of Henry VIII. Genius.

    Your collective excellent taste becomes you all! Good job, jocks!

    (except for Waiting for Godot. Unwatchable. Unperformable. Dull. Dull. Dull. Tosh.)
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    Sep 25, 2007 8:13 PM GMT
    The only full length ballet choreographed by Martha Grahmn was called Clytemnestra. It is A to the MAZING!

    There have also been several ballets based on Medea which are stunning.
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    Sep 25, 2007 9:50 PM GMT
    Arcadia

    The Lion in Winter

    A Tuna Christmas
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    Sep 25, 2007 9:54 PM GMT
    Doug Flutie's rugby style drop kick for an extra point in his final NFL game.

    Oh...oops.
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    Sep 25, 2007 11:05 PM GMT
    OW - I have new found respect for you. Durang is hilarious, especially "Identity Crisis" and "The Actor's Dilemma."
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    Sep 25, 2007 11:56 PM GMT
    Oh ewwww Waiting for Godot is the worst piece of trash ive ever had to endure
    my favorte play of course is hairspray icon_biggrin.gif
  • canuckdave

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    Sep 26, 2007 4:05 AM GMT
    Noises Off