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Twelve Angry Men

The Penguin Classics debut that inspired a classic film and a current Broadway revivalReginald Roses landmark American drama was a critically acclaimed teleplay, and went on to become a cinematic masterpiece in 1957 starring Henry Fonda, for which Rose wrote the adaptation. A blistering character study and an examination of the American melting pot and the judicial syst

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Twelve Angry Men

The Penguin Classics debut that inspired a classic film and a current Broadway revivalReginald Roses landmark American drama was a critically acclaimed teleplay, and went on to become a cinematic masterpiece in 1957 starring Henry Fonda, for which Rose wrote the adaptation. A blistering character study and an examination of the American melting pot and the judicial syste

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The Seven Against Thebes

Third play of a trilogy (the other two are lost) about the doomed family of Laius and Oedipus and his sons. After the city of Thebes has banished Oedipus, the former rulers sons vie for the crown. The victor, Eteocles, expels his brother, Polyneices, who then recruits 7 champions to lead an assault on Thebes, with a tragic results.

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The Lower Depths

This compelling 1902 play, considered Gorkys masterpiece, centers on a group of wretched souls who congregate to play cards, tell stories, and debate whether it is better to live without illusions or to maintain a romanticized worldview. A powerful, influential drama, hailed for its realistic and memorable characterizations.

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Dear Elizabeth

A play in letters, from Elizabeth Bishop, to Robert Lowell, and back again

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The Last Days of Mankind - The Complete Text (The Margellos World Republic of Letters)

One hundred years after Austrian satirist Karl Kraus began writing his dramatic masterpiece, The Last Days of Mankind remains as powerfully relevant as the day it was first published. Kraus�s play enacts the tragic trajectory of the First World War, when mankind raced toward self-destruction by methods of modern warfare while extolling the glory and ignoring the horror of

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Disgraced

The story of Amir Kapoor (Aasif Mandvi), a successful Pakistani-American lawyer who is rapidly moving up the corporate ladder while distancing himself from his cultural roots. When Amir and his wife Emily (Heidi Armbruster), a white artist influenced by Islamic imagery, host a dinner party, what starts out as a friendly conversation escalates into something far more damagi

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Book of Days - Acting Edition

Acclaimed by Frank Rich as a writer who illuminates the deepest dramas of American life with poetry and compassion, Lanford Wilson is one of the most esteemed contemporary American playwrights of our time. Nowhere is this more evident than in his latest play, Book of Days, which has won the Best Play Award from the American Theater Critics Association. Book of Days is se

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Beautiful Mornin: The Broadway Musical in the 1940s(History of the Broadway Musical 3)

Music and girls are the soul of musical comedy, one critic wrote, early in the 1940s. But this was the age that wanted more than melody and kickline form its musical shows. The form had been running on empty for too long, as a formula for the assembly of spare parts--star comics, generic love songs, rumba dancers, Ethel Merman. If Rodgers and Hammerstein hadnt existed,

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The Man of Mode

Verbal brilliance, urbane sophistication and sexual conquest are the measures of success for the fashionable set who watched themselves being represented on the Restoration stage. Yet idealisation and satire, as this edition of Ethereges masterpiece shows, are flip sides of the same coin, and the play betrays deep anxieties about ridicule and social failure. Any London be

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