NHB Classic Plays

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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

    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

        Slave Ubu

        The third and final part of The Ubu Plays, Alfred Jarry's surreal and hilarious satire of power, greed, and bourgeois pretension. Slave Ubu concludes the adventures of Pa Ubu.

        Published in volume Ubu

          The Wedding

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

          Published in volume Chekhov: Shorts

            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

                Swansong

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

                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

                    All God's Chillun Got Wings

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

                      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 Emperor Jones

                        An expressionistic chronicle of a black dictator's flight from his oppressed subjects.