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Subject: 2011 Play Selection
Date Posted: 1/9/2011 1:19 PM ET
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I just finished "A Streetcar Named Desire" by Tennesse Williams. I have never seen the play or the movie except the "STELLAAAAA!" yell of Marlon Brando/Stanley.

Overall, I liked the play. Kind of odd at the end and Blanche is one of the best female characters of all time. It has been a long time since I read a play but suprisingly I did enjoy it. My next plan is to watch the movie and see if it garners the same reactions that reading the play did.

Date Posted: 1/9/2011 5:45 PM ET
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Dear Michael:   Yes, Blanche is one of the great roles for an actress, but . . . . . .  I sure hope your reading of plays won't end there.    I hope you will read at least one more-----Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House (1879).  Now, THERE is a role,  that of Nora, that every serious actress truly aspired/aspires to, as a kind of pinnacle in her career.    It has always struck me as kind of curious that a turn-of-the-century Norwegian gentleman penned a 'feminist' play, away back then.  But, bless him for that play and another, An Enemy of the People, which dealt with an ethical-environmental issue that is still very pertinent to these present times, 2011.   Read it, too, and you may find yourself thinking about Erin Brockovich (Julia Roberts)!



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Date Posted: 1/9/2011 7:40 PM ET
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 A wonderful feminist play, A Doll's House. I was so engrossed in it that I got 100% on my English paper. 

 

Date Posted: 1/9/2011 7:40 PM ET
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Michael,

I've got "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" on my TBR pile.

Date Posted: 1/9/2011 7:55 PM ET
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Tome- Looking forward to your thoughts on "Tin Roof"! That is also a play that has intrigued me for quite some time.

Bonnie- I must admit that reading Ibsen has been on my list of things to do but never extremely high on it. I promise that I will read it this year. Thanks so much for the suggestion.

Date Posted: 1/9/2011 11:16 PM ET
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I just finished A Doll's House. I found myself engrossed in it. I got wrapped up in the story, I was frustrated when it ended.

Date Posted: 1/10/2011 12:03 AM ET
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And if you want to see female characters in the drama, try my favorite, The Duchess of Malfi by John Webster. In this play and one more, Webster wrote on a plane with the best of Shakespeare. A magnificent character; right before the Duke's hired gun does her in she says, I am Duchess of Malfi, still!"

Date Posted: 2/10/2011 9:41 PM ET
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I've been wanting to re-read 'the Iceman Cometh' for ages now. Even bought it for my son for Christmas. I'll have to snag his copy for a bit.
Date Posted: 5/24/2011 10:53 AM ET
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Flinished Romeo and Juliet.  And, it took me awhile to read this play.  Every page had footnotes to help understand the language so there was lots of back and forth reading.  Sometimes it was so helpful but other times the footnotes were redundant.  I knew the basic story and have seen the play but I enjoyed reading the story in print and the details I found as I worked through the pages and footnotes.  I had forgotten that Juliet was so young, nor did I understand why Romeo was banished when he was revenging the death of his friend.  However, family feuds are never-ending.  Each side blames the other.  A sad, sad but great story to read.  I recommend it to anyone who enjoys classics.   4 stars



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