Category: Drama

Angels in America

I just finished my third read of Angels in America. I guess it is one of those rare texts that doesn’t just invite itself for a revisit, but is almost a necessary lifelong companion. Speaking as it does to homosexuality in America, and to…

Thoughts: Trifles (1916) by Susan Glaspell

Susan Glaspell’s Trifles (1916) is a one-act play that would ultimately inspire another of her works, a short story called “A Jury of Her Peers.” The story is loosely based on an actual event, the murder of John Hossack, which Glaspell reported on while working as a…

Thoughts: A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams

A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams Final Verdict: 4.0 out of 4.0 YTD: 24 A Streetcar Named Desire is my first experience with Tennessee Williams.  Going into this work, I knew very little about it and I knew very little about the writer. …

Thoughts: As You Like It by William Shakespeare

As You Like It by William Shakespeare Final Verdict: 3.75 out of 4.0 YTD: 14 I have been away from Shakespeare for far too long. I have taken two courses in Shakespeare, one in college and one in graduate school. In both cases, we…

Review: Lysistrata by Aristophanes

Lysistrata by Aristophanes Final Verdict: 3.5 out of 4.0 YTD: 19 Plot/Story:3 – Plot/Story is interesting & believable. How did I miss this one?  It had been sitting on my shelf and “TBR” list for far too long.  Lysistrata is one of the original…

Review: Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf by Edward Albee

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? By Edward Albee Final Verdict: 4.0 out of 4.0 YTD:  59 Plot/Story:  4 – Plot/Story is interesting/believable and impactful Edward Albee’s play, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, is intoxicating – literally.  With every turn of the page, the reader…

Review: Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller

Summary: Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman is a resounding cry for help for the working class. Willy Loman, the play’s main character, is a traveling salesman, always on the road and so far removed from his family (physically & emotionally) that he is…

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