All Over – Edward Albee

"There are no second acts in American lives," wrote F. Scott Fitzgerald, which is often true but also often not. Two of America's premiere post World War II playwrights, Arthur Miller and Edward Albee, despite periods of audience neglect  ...

Endpapers – Thomas McCormack

"Write about what you know": We may safely assume that Thomas McCormack offered this familiar bit of sage advice to many a novice author during his more than a quarter-century career as working editor/CEO at St. Martin's Press. For  ...

Bailegangaire – Tom Murphy

The literal translation of the title of this play is "town without laughter", although the script refers more generally to a "place" without laughter, which gives some indication of its tone. Tom Murphy’s dark, gripping reflection on disconnection, loss,  ...

Cloud Nine – Caryl Churchill

The natives are restless and the British are horny. Welcome to colonial Africa in the heyday of Queen Victoria when men were manly and women submissive (but only when the servants were looking). British playwright Caryl Churchill won an  ...

Commmunion – Aidan Mathews

Dublin born poet and author Aidan Mathews studied at Stanford University under the philosopher and theologian Rene Girard. Communion is one of those plays which seems like the playwright is still working things out. Mathews has written something of  ...

Dancing at Lughnasa – Brian Friel

The texture of life in Dancing at Lughnasa starts out so simply, so much a cross section of the everyday, so ordinary, laced as it is with the comings and goings of quotidian life, the cooking, and cleaning, nattering,  ...

Gates of Gold – Frank McGuinness

Hilton Edwards and Miche�l MacLiamm�ir were two of the most important figures in twentieth century Irish theatre. Edwards was best known as a producer and director and MacLiamm�ir an actor, although he was also a designer, writer, and director  ...

…And Then You Go On – Samuel Beckett

The Complete Critical Guide to Samuel Beckett The story is told of the 19th century actor, down on his luck, who was reduced to touring the smallest and most tattered theatres in rural America, performing by himself before ragtag  ...