The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 20.0089 Monday, 2 March 2009
From: Cheryl Newton <
Date: Saturday, 28 Feb 2009 00:42:07 -0500
Subject: 50 Best American Plays
[Editor's Note: a few days ago, the issue of the appropriateness of a
discussion thread dedicated to the 50 Best American Plays was raised, I
approved, and Cheryl has here begin that discussion. -Hardy]
The two plays that came immediately to my mind were The Crucible and
Inherit the Wind.
After those two came to mind, I had to think about it.
Arthur Miller's The Crucible, & Death of a Salesman (interesting note:
when Miller graduated with his BA he had two job offers -- one with a
movie studio, the other with a New Deal agency, The Federal Theater
Project. He took the FTP, only to become unemployed when Congress shut
the project down as an agent of Communism)
Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf?
Neil Simon's Odd Couple and The Goodbye Girl
Wendy Wasserstein's Uncommon Women and Others
Thorton Wilder's Our Town and The Skin of Our Teeth
Jerome Lawrence's Inherit the Wind, Auntie Mame, First Monday in October
Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire & The Glass Menagerie
Hecht & MacArthur's Front Page
Lillian Hellman's The Little Foxes and The Children's Hour
Stephen Lawrence Schwartz's Godspell
Nelson Gidding (screenplay from Shirley Jackson's The Haunting
Robert E Sherwood's The Petrified Forest
David Henry Wang's Madame Butterfly
Ossie Davis et al - Purlie Victorious
William Inge's Come Back, Little Sheba
Paul Zindel's Effect of Gamma Rays on the-Man in-the-Moon Marigolds
William Gibson's The Miracle Worker
It has been a long time since I worked my way through the library
shelves of American plays!
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