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28 September 2011 @ 03:44 pm
and following on from my last post...  
... plays in general! (I am in clinic and on call; humour me. Email alerts of responses will distract me from the horrors of A&E and IBS clinic. It's for HUMANITY!)

I, weirdly, enjoy reading plays. Tom Stoppard is my god. Funny story, the seller I always chat to in Waterstones told me I'd hate him. Imagine that a total stranger read me so wrong. However, I haven't read many. First on my list is The Lady's Not For Burning (thanks, Tam Lin), but after that I am as one lost. What are the world's must-read plays? What are your favourites?

Little point in telling me to go see plays, though. I think the Celtic Tiger ate all the saints and scholars. This is a culture-free zone.

Will discuss all comments (if any, that is) twenty six hours from now when I leave work. \o/
Snakelingsnakeling on September 28th, 2011 03:23 pm (UTC)
Posting everything here because it's easier.

Shakespeare: I love Twelfth Night, Richard III, Henry V, The Tempest.

I love Oscar Wilde (Ideal Husband or Importance of being earnest), Stoppard (Ros & Guil!), Pinter (Dumbwaiter).

Hmmm. More to come when I get home :)
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every Starbucks should have a polar bear: collapsingnight: converse not okayscoradh on September 29th, 2011 11:08 pm (UTC)
I like comedy better than tragedy in general. I like the tragedy of comedy even better.

I have ordered Pygmalion! It's a terrible shame that we don't study more Irish playwrights in, y'know, Ireland.

Hi! I'm pretty sure we've talked before though, right?
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every Starbucks should have a polar bear: iconomicons choose wiselyscoradh on September 30th, 2011 06:31 pm (UTC)
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THAT REC. I have been laughing and laughing all by myself in bed and that's rare. I mean, I find things funny often, but I'm LAUGHING OUT LOUD TO MYSELF.

so the moral of the story
is the way to a woman's soul is through her nipples
i always suspected this but now I know for sure


I guess this is what happens when you kill all the people who created the world
and then take over in their place
there is no transition meeting
no one tells you these things
but yeah


totally claims he was at the battle
but in reality he just ate some mushrooms he found
and spent several hours yelling epithets at a tree

I want to send this guy a marriage proposal, I am totally serious.

I've read Hamlet and Macbeth. They both deserved it. Hamlet is one whiny motherfucker. I wrote an essay on how he was a misogynist little twit who couldn't accept that his mother was a sexual being in her own right. I may have sided with Claudius. So yeah, empathy at naught. :P

Edited at 2011-09-30 06:32 pm (UTC)
Snakelingsnakeling on September 28th, 2011 04:18 pm (UTC)
In translation:

Molière (Dom Juan, Tartuffe, The Bourgeois Gentleman/Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme, The Miser/L'Avare)

Alfred Jarry (Ubu Roi)

Eugène Ionesco (The Bald Soprano/La Cantatrice chauve)

Beaumarchais (the Figaro plays)

Edmond Rostand (Cyrano de Bergerac)

Back to English speakers, I remember enjoying Shopping and Fucking, by Mark Ravenhill, though I don't remember what it was about :P
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: anumberonme lighted pathscoradh on September 29th, 2011 10:21 pm (UTC)
I read one Moliere ... I can't remember which. That says a lot! Oh man, Cyrano de Bergerac, I've heard so much about it! I thought it was a novel actually.
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: anumberonme card stormscoradh on September 29th, 2011 10:20 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

I've read all Oscar Wilde's, but it was years ago. They're all a joy (Lady Windermere's Fan perhaps less, and purposefully, so). Of the four Stoppard plays I've read Ros and Guil is my least favourite, although it's obviously a work of genius.

a kid on the lookout for transcendenceextemporally on September 28th, 2011 03:53 pm (UTC)
Seconding the Oscar Wilde! Also, if you can get your hands on it, try Proof by David Auburn.
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: anumberonme tea party gunscoradh on September 29th, 2011 10:22 pm (UTC)
Yup, Oscar Wilde, have read all the plays in my dad's Complete Works! Yummy. :D

I'm sure Amazon will oblige! They do own the world now. Any particular reason why?
a kid on the lookout for transcendenceextemporally on September 30th, 2011 06:39 am (UTC)
I did it at A level and really enjoyed it! Plus if you're interested in that sort of thing, it was made into a movie in 2005 (I think?). Interesting to read the play and watch the movie and think about the differences.
real men love discotakkatakkatakka on September 28th, 2011 11:11 pm (UTC)
I love any and all Tennessee Williams, especially Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore. Couldn't reccomend him more.
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: anumberonme true lovescoradh on September 29th, 2011 10:22 pm (UTC)
Of course, of course, I've heard of him. A Streetcar Named Desire, right? Who could resist a title like that! :D
real men love discotakkatakkatakka on October 1st, 2011 03:57 pm (UTC)
Ugh yes, the original Streetcar film is both hilarious and genuinely brilliant. (Although, if you were going to see a Williams play on film, Cat On A Hot Tin Roof is one of my favourite movies pretty much ever.)
mesurexit on September 29th, 2011 11:15 am (UTC)

Also, I don't actually know which cultureless zone you live in - where is't?
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Art: b&w kissesscoradh on September 29th, 2011 10:25 pm (UTC)
And Beckett and McDonagh and Kavanagh and O'Casey and Roddy Doyle. AND Wilde (sort of). You wouldn't know it living here, mind.

I may be maligning it a little too much considering I just booked tickets to see The Winter's Tale, but it pretty much holds. :P
mesurexit on September 30th, 2011 01:57 pm (UTC)
Oh I knew Ireland, I was wondering whereabouts! I promise not to stalk you, although obv don't tell me if it's uncomfortable.

But yeah, Shaw Shaw Shaw, tiny me used to read a couple of his plays over and over again. They may not be as great as I remember, but at least give them a try!
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Art: Pretty shoesscoradh on September 30th, 2011 06:33 pm (UTC)
Cork boy. :P Like I said, they are staging Shakespeare, but we don't get much down here. Everything international - and there's not much of that - goes to Dublin. You can name modern successful creative Irish on one hand.

I bought his complete works in the frenzy last night on Amazon. :D