Among the most popular of Shakespeare's comedies, this enchanting play humorously celebrates the vagaries of love as it focuses upon the intertwined romances of several pairs of lovers. Explanatory footnotes.
The Penguin Classics debut that inspired a classic film and a current Broadway revival Reginald Rose's 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 system that keeps it in check, "Twelve Angry Men" holds at its core a deeply patriotic belief in the U.S. legal system. The story's focal point, known only as Juror Eight, is at first the sole holdout in an 11-1 guilty vote. Eight sets his sights not on proving the other jurors wrong but rather on getting them to look at the situation in a clear-eyed way not affected by their personal biases. Rose deliberately and carefully peels away the layers of artifice from the men and allows a fuller picture of America, at its best and worst, to form.
Incorporating definitive text and cutting-edge notes from "William Shakespeare: Complete Works"--the first authoritative, modernized edition of Shakespeare's First Folio in more than 300 years--this remarkable series of individual plays from the world-famous Royal Shakespeare Company is edited by two brilliant, younger generation Shakespeare scholars. Combining Jonathan Bate's insightful critical analysis with Eric Rasmussen's renowned textual expertise, these stunning paperbacks set a new standard in Shakespearean literature for the 21st century. Each edition includes a new section that explores the play's theatrical history and features interviews with today's leading directors and theatrical professionals.
This volume includes the complete texts of all the plays by J. M. Synge.
Compiled together for the first time, here are three plays by Argentine novelist and playwright Manual Puig: the well-known Kiss of the Spider Woman, a sharply provocative tale of love, victimization, and fantasy, and of the friendship that develops between two strikingly different men imprisoned together in a Latin American jail; Puig's first drama written directly for the stage, Under a Mantle of Stars, a recurring dream that is never ending; and Mystery of the Rose Bouquet, an astute tale of deep compassion and illusion. These eminently readable plays highlight all the gifts that make Puig's fiction so remarkable. This is convincing proof that Manual Puig was one of our most talented writers - no matter what the medium. Puig is the author of seven novels, translated into fourteen languages.
Edited and with an Introduction by Frank Kermode " A Woman Killed with Kindness by Thomas Heywood Volpone by Ben Jonson The Revenger's Tragedy by Cyril Tourneur The Maid's Tragedy by John Fletcher and Francis Beaumont A Chaste Maid in Cheapside by Thomas Middleton The Duchess of Malfi by John Webster The Changeling by Thomas Middleton and William Rowley The lyrical, bloodthirsty tragedies and witty urban comedies in this original collection were first performed during the reign of King James I (1603--25). Though nearly four centuries old, they display surprisingly modern sensibilities regarding sex, violence, morality, and honor. Brilliantly introduced and annotated by Frank Kermode, these seven Jacobean masterpieces are the finest and most representative plays of a time when drama was the most vital and important mirror of English society.
Drama. Phone-fearing dancers, philosophical skiers and virgin draft dodgers: HIPPIES AND BOLSHEVIKS AND OTHER PLAYS introduces an eclectic cast of characters and announces a formidable new voice in Canadian drama. It is a collection of three comedies, The Wedding Pool, Lena's Car and Hippies and Bolsheviks, that'll blow your mind and force you to confront our greatest fears: love, death, and sex. The title play sets in motion a freaky love triangle between a draft dodger and two young and passionate Canadian hippies, stumbling home from a Led Zeppelin concert. Set in that hotbed of hippie idealism, 1970s British Columbia, can these young dropouts hold on to their ideals as The Establishment closes in? "An absolute delight from start to finish"--Calgary Sun.
Sublimely ridiculous--New Yorker
The wittiest of a renowned playwright's masterful comedies A master of the comedy of manners, William Congreve was the most elegant of the Restoration dramatists. With piercing accuracy, he depicted the shallow world of "society," where the right artifice in manners, fashion, and conversation-and money-eased the passage to success. *?Also includes "The Old Bachelor, The Double Dealer," and "Love for Love
Millionaire media boss Diane Forbes-McKaye is kidnapped -- but this ruthless magnate proves more resourceful than her clumsy abductors. Are things what they seem? Who is in charge? Who masterminded the abduction? Who has the television rights to this premier media event? Into this cocktail add a gun-toting priest, a deranged altar boy, a kidnapper hiding in the fridge, pyromania and an explosive climax.
The Royal Shakespeare Company's acclaimed family-friendly Christmas show.