All's Well that Ends Well

William Shakespeare

Along with Measure for Measure and Troilus and Cressida, All’s Well that Ends Well is counted among the ‘problem plays’. Notable for its frequent use of rhyme, the play is considered to be one of William Shakespeare’s most relevant and socially conscious comedies.

 

Helena, orphaned and impoverished follows the countess' son Bertram to court, hoping to win his heart. Bertram, though, has other ideas, resulting in unrequited love and unintended consequences.

BBC Studios
(1981)
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Arcadia

Tom Stoppard
Set in an English country house in the years 1809-1812 and 1989, the play compares the lives of two modern scholars and the house's current residents with the lives of those who lived there 180 years earlier.
LA Theatre Works
(2008)
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1993

Parlour Song

Jez Butterworth
Demolition expert Ned lives in a nice new house on the edge of the English countryside. He loves his job. Barbecues. Car boot sales. His life is entirely unremarkable. So why has he not slept a wink in six months? Why is he so terrified of his wife? Parlour Song is a satirical exploration of deceit, paranoia and desire in leafy suburbia.
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Digital Theatre
(2009)
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2009

Shakespeare's Greatest Hits

William Shakespeare
Shakespeare's Greatest Hits contains some of the most memorable scenes from thirteen of the Bard's greatest plays, including Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, As You Like It, Hamlet, Othello, and many more.
LA Theatre Works
(1993)
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1993

The Brothers Karamazov

Fyodor Dostoyevsky
The passionate Karamazov brothers spring to life, led by their rogue of a father, who entertains himself by drinking, womanizing, and pitting his three sons against each other. The men have plenty to fight over, including the alluring Grushenka.
LA Theatre Works
(1994)
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1994

The Chicago Conspiracy Trial

Peter Goodchild
Reality is stranger than fiction when seven 1960's radicals refuse to behave in Judge Julius Hoffman's courtroom. Based on actual trial transcripts, the play centres on events following the protests and riots during the 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago.
LA Theatre Works
(1993)
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1993

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 Seagull

Anton Checkov
Chekhov's masterful exploration of the meaning of artistry and the artist follows the tense, theatrical and borderline incestuous interactions of an ephemeral lake-side dwelling family, all struggling with their own apsirations to greatness.
Digital Theatre
(1975)
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LA Theatre Works
(2012)
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1895

The Shadow of a Gunman

Sean O'Casey
Sean O'Casey's comment on the Irish War of Independence is the first in his Dublin Trilogy, and premiered just three years after its setting in the civil war torn slums of 1920. The Shadow of a Gunman is an ungloved finger pointing out what happens when bravado is shamed by bravery and that pride does indeed come before a fall, just not necessarily one's own.
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(2016)
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1923

The Sisters Rosensweig

Wendy Wasserstein
The story traces three Jewish sisters from Brooklyn as they gather in London to celebrate a birthday: a brilliant banker and single mother who has given up on romance, a suburban housewife who moonlights as a talk-show host, and a travel writer who still wants to write her serious book.
LA Theatre Works
(1999)
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1992

Three Sisters

Anton Checkov
Often hailed as one of Chekhov's masterpieces, Three Sisters examines the emotionally fraught and intellectually desperate lives of the titular siblings as they struggle to find fulfilment in a small early Twentieth Century Russian town, far from the cultural, society buzz of their beloved Moscow. The winds of change that blow through the play propel the action towards it's allegorical zenith - the decline and fall of the Russian upper-classes, as revolution looms large on the horizon.
LA Theatre Works
(2011)
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1900

Troilus and Cressida

William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare's reworking of Geoffrey Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde features the legendary likes of Ulysses, Achilles and Helen, and also draws on Ovid’s Metamorphoses. It is generally considered a ‘problem play’, alongside Measure for Measure and All’s Well that Ends Well.

 

With the Trojan War at a stalemate, the city of Troy besieged by squabbling Greeks and the inhabitants themselves disillusioned with the cause, the prince Troilus is distracted by his love for the beautiful Cressida.

BBC Studios
(1978)
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1601

Uncle Vanya

Anton Checkov
In this classic of Chekhov’s canon, an overbearing professor pays a visit to his country estate, where Sonya and Vanya, his daughter and former brother-in-law, have slaved to maintain his wealth. But Vanya is enchanted by the professor’s new wife, while Sonya has fallen for the town’s melancholy doctor.
LA Theatre Works
(2013)
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1897