re: What plays should I read?
Last Edit: PlayWiz 04:56 pm EDT 06/21/22
Posted by: PlayWiz 04:40 pm EDT 06/21/22
In reply to: re: What plays should I read? - Showtunegal 03:01 pm EDT 06/21/22

"Angels in America" is quite a page-turner when you read it as well. Both of the plays are. "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf" will have you imagining who you would cast in these roles especially if you've not seen it before; if you like it, you'd probably want to read more of Edward Albee's plays.

It's good to read plays from all different eras -- if you were going to do a full survey all the way back to the Greeks and Romans and on through to Shakespeare and beyond. That said, I'll zoom ahead a few centuries and say give Oscar Wilde's "The Importance of Being Earnest" a read for a few witty, delicious hours of reading. Also some of the great writers from other countries who are superb reading are Henrik Ibsen, Moliere (especially in translation by Richard Wilbur) and Chekhov.

For the 20th Century American, you could devote some time to the giants of the American theater -- namely, Eugene O'Neill and Arthur Miller. If you like comedy, I know lots of Neil Simon is considered dated nowadays, but I think "Barefoot in the Park" and "The Odd Couple" still hold up very nicely when you read them at least. He was hugely popular from the 1960s on, so certainly some of his work is worth knowing.

There's plenty more, of course. I haven't read "August: Osage County", but it was pretty stunning when I saw it on Broadway (as opposed to the film version which cut quite a bit of it didn't serve it well), among more recent things.

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