The Government Inspector

Nikolai Gogal
Played out through the folly, opportunism, and greed enabled by an official's visit to a small Russian town, The Government Inspector is a comedy of errors devoid of sympathetic characters, and a scatching indictment of what Gogol saw as the corrupt political machinations of Imperial Russia.
Talking About Plays
(2016)
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1863

A Woman of No Importance

Oscar Wilde
Devilishly attractive Lord Illingworth is notorious for his skill as a seducer. But he is still invited to all the “best” houses while his female conquests must hide their shame in seclusion.
L.A. Theatre Works
(1995)
Audio Theatre

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1893

An Ideal Husband

Oscar Wilde
This 1895 drama seems eerily prescient, as it explores the plight of a promising young politician, desperate to hide a secret in his past. With empathy and wit, Wilde explores the pitfalls of holding public figures to higher standards than the rest of us.
L.A. Theatre Works
(1997)
Audio Theatre

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1895

Lady Windermere's Fan

Oscar Wilde
Oscar Wilde's raucous tale of mismatched marriages and unlikely alliances is a romp through the dysfunctional high society scene of Victorian London. Lady Windemere is convinced that her husband is having an affair, and she is out to prove it. One of Wilde's most delicious pieces of debauchery, Lady Windemere's Fan gave life to the immortal aphorism: "We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars."
BBC Studios
(1985)
Production
L.A. Theatre Works
(1999)
Audio Theatre

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1892

Mother Courage and Her Children

Bertolt Brecht
Often hailed as the greatest anti-war play of all time, Brecht's allegorical Epic spans 12 of the 30 years war in Germany and Poland, wherein Mother Courage and her children find their survival dependent on deception and misdeed, as they learn that honour and decency hold no currency in conflict.
Digital Theatre
(2016)
Practical Guide

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1939

Six Degrees of Separation

John Guare
In a Fifth Avenue apartment, art dealer Flanders Kittredge and his wife Ouisa are trying to interest a moneyed friend in a $2 million investment. When an unexpected young guest arrives, claiming to be the son of Sidney Poitier, the plot takes some unexpected turns.
L.A. Theatre Works
(1998)
Audio Theatre

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1990

Steel Magnolias

Robert Harling
Within the walls of Truvy’s beauty shop are six women whose lives increasingly hinge on the existence of one another. Together, they absorb the passing seasons, just like the weathered wooden structure of the salon “home” that they share.
L.A. Theatre Works
(2015)
Audio Theatre

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1987

The Baltimore Waltz

Paula Vogel
A darkly satirical play from Paula Vogel written at the height of the AIDS crisis. As a young woman is diagnosed with a mysterious new illness, she and her beloved brother flee to Europe in search of a cure…and to escape the pain and uncertainty of the future.
L.A. Theatre Works
(1994)
Audio Theatre

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1990

The Critic

Richard Brinsley Sheridan
Sheridan's clever farce on the pretensions of the theatrical world, includes the splendid Mr Puff.
BBC Studios
(1982)
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1779

The Importance of Being Earnest

Oscar Wilde
Jack and Algernon are best friends, both wooing ladies who think their names are Earnest, "that name which inspires absolute confidence." Wilde's effervescent wit, scathing social satire, and high farce make this one of the most cherished plays in the English language.
L.A. Theatre Works
(2009)
Audio Theatre

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1895

The Misanthrope

Molière .
Razor-sharp wit inflames a competitive game of survival in the salons of 17th century France where, in this world of "finest appearances," one man's blunt honesty shatters his society's delicate web of manners.
L.A. Theatre Works
(2012)
Audio Theatre
L.A. Theatre Works
(1996)
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1666

The Physicists

Friedrich Dürrenmatt
In Friedrich Dürrenmatt's play, Johann Mobius, the world’s greatest physicist, is locked away in a madhouse along with two other scientists. Why? Because he is haunted by recurring visions of King Solomon, and the other two are convinced they are Einstein and Newton. But are these three actually mad? Or are they playing a murderous game with the world at stake? This darkly comic satire probes the cost of sanity among men of science and whether it is the mad who are the truly sane.
L.A. Theatre Works
(2009)
Audio Theatre

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1961

The Picture of Dorian Gray

Oscar Wilde
The Picture of Dorian Gray is a classic of contemporary Western literature. Dorian Gray, the subject of artist Basil Hallward's painting, becomes obsessed with his own vanity, and adopts a brand of hedonism that ultimately leads to his own misery and demise.
L.A. Theatre Works
(1992)
Audio Theatre

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1890

The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui

Bertolt Brecht
In a world increasingly confronted with a surge towards neofascism, Bertolt Brecht's searing parallel between the rise of Hitler and his henchman in 1930s Germany and Chicago's gangster overlords has rarely been more poignant. As prolific racketeer, Arturo Ui, is recruited as a last resort to provide 'protection' to the ailing Cauliflower Trust, Brecht weaves a grotesque and gruesome tale of the rise of the right.
DramaWorks
(2016)
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1941

The Rivals

Richard B. Sheridan
Romantic havoc ensues in the town of Bath when Sir Anthony arrives to arrange the marriage of his son Jack to the wealthy Lydia Languish.
L.A. Theatre Works
(2011)
Audio Theatre

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1775