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Subject: plays similar to Importance of Being Earnest?
Date Posted: 2/28/2011 6:19 PM ET
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I'm hoping some folks here can help me out.  The students in my high school drama class REALLY like the play The Importance Of Being Earnest, and the type of humor it contains.  However, the class is too small to perform it, and we only have one boy.  (Also, another group in our area performed it recently, and we don't want to copy them.)  I'm looking for some One Act plays that only have 2 or three characters apiece that I can use--preferably with the same sort of wit that Earnest has.  I'm looking for older stuff for three reasons:  1) the class has no budget at all for royalties, so I'm looking for stuff old enough that the copyright has expired, 2) the kids in my class actually like it, and 3) I've been really disappointed with anything newer that I find.  If I find plays that are written for teens, they are "teen issue" plays (drugs, parents, sex) with no wit or depth to them.  If I find one act plays written for grown-ups, the author had to prove how "relevant" he was by adding topics or language I couldn't use in my class.  I've decided the best option is to go with something classic.  I've been combing GoogleBooks with no luck so far.

So... after that long-winded explanation: Does anyone know of some less-familiar plays similar to The Importance of Being Earnest?  Oscar Wilde must have had some copycat followers at the time. :)



Last Edited on: 2/28/11 6:19 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 3/4/2011 12:58 PM ET
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In case someone comes across this post and is curious... 

I've found some really great plays from the same era as Earnest in a 1921 book titled One Act Plays By Modern Authors edited by Helen Louise Cohen.  There is a fun play by A.A. Milne in there, along with about 14 others. 

I'm still looking for one-act plays with only 2 or three actors--and no more than one male actor--to use in my class, though.  If anyone comes across one, please post!  (Sigh.  If only I had a few more boys in my drama class, we could perform some of the plays from this book.)