Classic Drama (pre-1945)

See also: Ancient Classic Drama; Drama Classics series.

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Desire Under the Elms

A story of greed, yearning and murder with incest and infanticide, and edged with echoes of Ancient Greek tragedy within a New England farming family.

    The Great God Brown

    A demonstration of O'Neill's expressionistic experimentation with masks to emphasise the distinction between characters, and the lack of understanding in human relationships.

      The Hairy Ape

      A nightmarish condemnation of the dehumanising effects of industrialisation on the American people.

        All God's Chillun Got Wings

        An expressionist play about a violently dysfunctional mixed-race marriage, inspired by an old Negro spiritual.

          The Bear

          A one-act comic play about a reclusive young widow whose life takes a surprisingly romantic turn.

          Published in volume Chekhov: Shorts

            The Proposal

            A brilliantly funny one-act play about a hypochondriac attempting to propose to an argumentative young woman.

            Published in volume Chekhov: Shorts

              A Tragic Figure

              A comic duologue about a civil servant sweltering in Moscow coping with the incessant demands of his family from their summer dacha.

              Published in volume Chekhov: Shorts

                On the Evils of Tobacco

                A bittersweet monologue in which a scientific lecture is hijacked by thoughts of domestic misery.

                Published in volume Chekhov: Shorts

                  The Wedding

                  A one-act play by Chekhov in a translation by Chekhov expert Stephen Mulrine.

                  Published in volume Chekhov: Shorts

                    Swansong

                    A comic duologue about a melancholy old actor perked up by memories of past glories.

                    Published in volume Chekhov: Shorts

                      King Ubu

                      Alfred Jarry's surreal and hilarious satire of power, greed, and bourgeois pretension, the first of his three plays about the comically grotesque character of Pa Ubu.

                      Published in volume Ubu

                        Cuckold Ubu

                        A sequel to King Ubu, Alfred Jarry's surreal and hilarious satire of power, greed, and bourgeois pretension. Cuckold Ubu continues the adventures of Pa Ubu.

                        Published in volume Ubu

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