Friday, August 16, 2013

Entertainment Weekly's 50 Greatest Plays of the Past 100 Years

 Last week over brunch, my good friend mentioned that she was trying to watch the films on Entertainment Weekly's All-Time Greatest list. But I am a bit more interested in the All-Time Greatest plays. So here they are...Entertainment Weekly's 50 Greatest Plays of the Past 100 Years by the EW Staff. How many do you agree with? 

Playwrights Arthur Miller, Tennessee Williams, Eugene O'Neil and August Wilson show up on the list multiple times. 

  • Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
  • A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams
  • Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? by Edward Albee
  • Long Day's Journey into Night by Eugene O'Neil 
  • Fences by August Wilson
  • Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes by Tony Kushner
  • Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
  • Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw 
  • A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry
  • Our Town by Thornton Wilder
  • Six Characters in Search of an Author by Luigi Pirandello
  • The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams
  • Glengarry Glenn Ross by David Mamet
  • August: Osage County by Tracy Letts 
  • True West by Sam Shepard
  • The Iceman Cometh by Eugene O'Neil
  • Look Back in Anger by John Osborne
  • A View From the Bridge by Arthur Miller
  • The Little Foxes by Lillian Hellman
  • The Real Thing by Tom Stoppard
  • "Master Harold"...and the boys by Athol Fugard
  • The Homecoming by Harold Pinter
  • Ruined by Lynn Nottage
  • Mother Courage and Her Children by Bertolt Brecht
  • Six Degrees of Separation by John Guare
  • Doubt by John Patrick Shanley
  • Top Girls by Caryl Churchill
  • Present Laughter by Noel Coward
  • Noises Off by Michael Frayn
  • Marat/Sade by Peter Weiss
  • The Lieutenant of Inishmore by Martin McDonagh
  • Machinal by Sophie Treadwell
  • The Norman Conquests by Alan Ayckbourn
  • The Bald Soprano by Eugene Ionesco
  • M. Butterfly by David Henry Hwang
  • The Dybbuk by S. Ansky
  • Saved by Edward Bond
  • Topdog/Underdog by Suzan-Lori Parks
  • The Front Page by Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur
  • Accidental Death of an Anarchist by Dario Fo
  • Picnic by William Inge
  • Journey's End by RC Sherriff
  • The Odd Couple by Neil Simon
  • The Orphans' Home Cycle by Horton Foote
  • The Women by Clare Boothe Luce
  • What the Butler Saw by Joe Orton
  • Awake and Sing! by Clifford Odets
  • The Piano Lesson by August Wilson
  • Uncommon Women and Others by Wendy Wasserstein
  • The Weir by Conor McPherson


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