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Book Review: Three Plays: Desire Under The Elms / Strange Interlude / Mourning Becomes Electra

Three Plays:  Desire Under The Elms / Strange Interlude / Mourning Becomes Electra, by Eugene O’Neill At least one of these plays is good, because it redeems this lengthy (more than 400 page) collection of drama by a lamentably overrated … Continue reading

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Book Review: Three Plays: Anna Christie / The Emperor Jones / The Hairy Ape

Three Plays:  Anna Christie / The Emperor Jones / The Hairy Ape, by Eugene O’Neill Eugene O’Neill is widely considered to be among the best playwrights ever in the United States concerning drama, having one four Pulitzer prizes for his … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Iceman Cometh

The Iceman Cometh, by Eugene O’Neill I have mixed feelings about this play.  On the one hand, it tells a very compelling story of the way in which alcoholism (and other addictions) helps people preserve the illusions that keep them … Continue reading

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Book Review: A Moon For The Misbegotten

A Moon For The Misbegotten, by Eugene O’Neill Although this is not the author’s best-known play, and although it has a lot of very cringeworthy elements (more about this anon), there is a lot about this play to appreciate.  Without … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Goat, Or, Who Is Sylvia?

The Goat, Or, Who Is Sylvia, by Edward Albee This play won the Tony Award for best play in 2002 and the author views it as notes towards a definition of tragedy.  I want you to keep that in mind, … Continue reading

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Book Review: Play It Again, Sam

Play It Again, Sam:  A Romantic Comedy In Three Acts, by Woody Allen It is easy to see how Woody Allen views himself (and other nebbish and guilty people like him) from this play.  I happened to randomly find this … Continue reading

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Book Review: Winterset

Winterset, by Maxwell Anderson It’s not too surprising that this play won awards when it was written and first performed, as this play appears to be precisely the sort of play that was and remains award bait as a drama.  … Continue reading

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Book Review: Edgar Lee Masters’ Spoon River Anthology

Edgar Lee Masters’ Spoon River Anthology, conceived, adapted and arranged by Charles Aidman Admittedly, this play is not a terrible one.  In fact, this play reminds me of one of my own plays, which I wrote in my early adulthood … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Complete Greek Drama: Volume Two

The Complete Drama:  Volume Two, edited by Whitney J. Oates and Eugene O’Neill, Jr. I’m not sure how many people would find the thought of reading more than 1200 pages of material that contains mostly obscure and sometimes fragmentary plays … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Complete Greek Drama: Volume One

The Complete Drama:  All The Extant Tragedies Of Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides, And The Comedies Of Aristophanes And Menander, In A Variety Of Translations:  Volume One, edited by Whitney J. Oates and Eugene O’Neill, Jr. This book certainly lives up … Continue reading

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