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Do you have favorite theatrical plays or a favorite?

Asked by XD (1519 points ) October 18th, 2011

Are there one or a few that you really like? What are they and what do you like about them? If you can give a little synopsis, so much the better.

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Jeruba's avatar

Are you looking for something in particular here, @XD? perhaps a recommendation of some kind? It’s hard to know how to answer without more information.

I’d be inclined to apply the label “favorite” to something I came back to again and again. I have seen many plays in the theatre, and some in filmed versions of theatrical performances, but apart from Shakespeare’s plays there are very few that I’ve seen more than once. I don’t know how I could call anything a “favorite” that I’ve seen only once.

As for Shakespeare’s, I tend to like best whichever one I’ve most recently seen. Right now that would be Hamlet.

Jellie's avatar

I really really loved Hamlet when I watched it in London. Other than that, Wicked (a musical, is that relevant?) was awesome. Favourite is and always will be Hamlet. Sigh.

iphigeneia's avatar

I Am My Own Wife is a brilliant one-man play about Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, a transvestite and furniture collector/museum owner who lived in Germany through Nazism and Communism. It’s an extremely demanding task for the actor, who plays not only Charlotte but many, many other characters. It’s a fascinating viewing experience as the story becomes more and more complex and questions are raised.

I also recall a stage adaptation of Kafka’s Metamorphosis by an Icelandic group that was enchanting, and one of Animal Farm (I found a review) that I loved, even though I hated studying the book in school.

And then there’s Sylvia, a play that starred Sarah Jessica Parker as the title character, actually a dog. There’s a synopsis on Wikipedia. I’m not a dog person at all, but it is a very sweet show, and I’m sure those who like dogs would love it.

XD's avatar

@iphigeneia, I saw a production of IAMOW. Yeah, it was brilliant. Thanks.

filmfann's avatar

My favorite plays?

Hamlet
The Man Who Came To Dinner
Arsenic and Old Lace
A Christmas Carol
Picasso at Lapin Agile

marinelife's avatar

Shakespeare.

linguaphile's avatar

Late Night Catechism
Ain’t Nothing But The Blues
2 Pianos 4 Hands
Les Miserables
South Pacific
Rent
Macbeth
Much Ado About Nothing
Othello
Glass Menagerie
‘night, Mother
Wit
Fiddler on the Roof
Avenue Q
Children of a Lesser God (the PLAY not the movie!)
Cabaret
Any One Of Us
(I’ve worked in theater for years, so I could go on…)

cookieman's avatar

There are a whole bunch, but my all-time favorite is Man of La Mancha as performed by Placido Domingo

Dulcinea is heartbreaking.

Jellie's avatar

@linguaphile You’ve worked in theater? I’m so jealous. I’d love to be even a stage hand.

Kardamom's avatar

Lend Me a Tenor (I saw a different version of this wonderful play in London in the mid 1980’s)

Me and My Girl (Also saw a version of this one in London in the mid 1980’s)

Driving Miss Daisy (Loved the movie, loved the play)

Park the Car in Harvard Yard (I saw an excellent version of this play at a community theater in California)

SuperMouse's avatar

Doubt
Wicked
Kiss Me Kate

SomeoneElse's avatar

I saw ‘War Horse’ in the theatre well before the film came out, and was utterly moved by it. You knew the horses were ‘puppets’ and although you could see the puppeteers they became invisible. The horses were amazing, the whole thing was incredible and there can’t have been a dry eye in the theatre at the end.
I don’t want to see the film now.

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