Top Ten Best Playwrights

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41 Bertolt Brecht Bertolt Brecht Eugen Bertolt Friedrich Brecht (10 February 1898 – 14 August 1956) was a German poet, playwright, and theatre director of the 20th century. He made contributions to dramaturgy and theatrical production, the latter through the tours undertaken by the Berliner Ensemble – the post-war theatre company ...read more.

Brecht shaped the modern theater as we know it today, as profoundly as any writer of the entire 20th Century.

His theatrical colleagues complained that he didn't wash and his clothes 'reeked of cigar smoke'.

A literary chameleon in a bright red coat.

42 Caryl Churchill

Each play is a category smasher, interweaving different genres and styles.

Has been publically very reticent about her relation to Winston. Why?

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43 Gil Vicente

Despite being supressed by the Portuguese Inquisition his work has survived.

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44 Alan Ayckbourn

One of Britain's most popular and prolific playwrights - ever.

45 Martin McDonagh

Really? Nobody bothered to add Mcdonagh.. Pillowman? The Lonesome West? A Skull in Connemara? The Beauty Queen of Leenane? The Cripple of Inishmaan? The Lieutenant of Inishmore? The Banshees of Inisheer? A Behanding in Spokane?

Great narrative skill and a strong grasp of theatrical plasticity.

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46 Vijay Tendulkar

Living almost solely on a diet of shark-fin soup he pushed his imagination to unprecedented limits.

One of the intelligentsia's favourite literary lancers.

47 Lorraine Hansberry

Wrote one of the most significant plays of the 20th Century, A RAISIN IN THE SUN. And, she wrote several other very controversial yet good if not great plays concerning the socio political climate of the time. She should be recognized on any list of great playwrights.

48 Federico García Lorca

He once shocked guests at a literary luncheon by wearing his underpants on the outside.

49 Terrence McNally

"The Kiss of the Spider Woman" was jolly interesting but thought by many to condone homosexuality.

A feeling for the texture of spirituality is evident in his best work.

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50 Tony Kushner

'Angels in America'. Now that's a play.

51 Aristophanes

His historical significance shouldn't blind us to the fact that his plays are essentially sex comedies with smattering of philosophical small talk.

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52 Chandrashekhara Kambara
53 Mohit Chatyapadhya

Has he ever been translated into English? Would love a chance to judge for myself.

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54 Georges Feydeau Georges Feydeau

His career proves that life on a river boat was no barrier to outstanding literary achievement.

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55 August Wilson

May be the greatest playwright of the 20th Century, with ten plays to go to broadway and a Pulitzer Prize, Tony Awards and other awards to boot. He's got to be in the top ten of all time playwrights. Plus there seems to be an absence of people of color on this list. Is playwriting an exclusive profession? Hmm.

Forget colour, he was a great writer.

56 Wole Soyinka

Fashions the human drama interculturally

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57 Heinrich von Kleist

Heinrich was sometimes short of a dollar, but never short of ideas.

58 David Mamet

I don't know how he went from exciting to boring, but he did.

Some truly brilliant early plays ('American Buffalo', 'Glengarry Glen Ross') but the later work tends to be opaque, mannered and disappointing.

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60 Boris Vian Boris Vian Boris Vian (10 March 1920 – 23 June 1959) was a French polymath: writer, poet, musician, singer, translator, critic, actor, inventor and engineer. ...read more.

Playwright, jazz musician and actor, Vian wrote one of the all-time great absurdist plays: 'The Empire Builders'. A work of genius.

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