Here are some of our favorite plays!
Is it funny? Right now that's what I'm looking for. The world is falling apart and I need a laugh. I like all theater from Broadway to community to little kids who write their own. But at this particular juncture on the worst timeline, make me laugh and you can put my butt right in a seat.
I have a soft spot for Shakespeare. Twelfth Night, Antony and Cleopatra, Hamlet, and King Lear come to mind. I know, a predictable thing to say, but it's true. I like pretty much everything except Romeo and Juliet, that play just irritates me. Just talk to each other guys! Seriously. (Although the line, "A plague on both your houses" remains one of my favorites. I've used it many times). On a less basic note, I love By the Bog of Cats by Marina Carr. I read it years ago, and found it compelling and poignant. I also like The Crucible, for it's commentary on religious hysteria and an ingrained societal fear of women's power, Fences by August Wilson, The Normal Heart by Larry Kramer, and finally The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde, for its witty dialogue. At any rate, it ought to put Julie's butt in a seat.
How about opera? Dialogue that soars into glass-breaking territory is my kind of trip to the theatre. Music plus lyrics is a much better way to to achieve cathartic release than mere words. Whether it's the heartbreaking death sentence of poverty in La Traviata or La Boheme, or the sublime nonsense of The Magic Flute, there's nothing good, nothing tragic and nothing charming that music can't intensify, from murderous clowns putting on makeup to no good pick up artists like Don Juan being dragged to Hell.