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50 Best American Plays
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 20.0089  Monday, 2 March 2009

From:      Cheryl Newton <
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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!

Cheryl Newton

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