Top Ten Best Playwrights
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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.
Each play is a category smasher, interweaving different genres and styles.
Has been publically very reticent about her relation to Winston. Why?V 1 Comment
Despite being supressed by the Portuguese Inquisition his work has survived.V 2 Comments
One of Britain's most popular and prolific playwrights - ever.
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.V 1 Comment
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.
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.
He once shocked guests at a literary luncheon by wearing his underpants on the outside.
"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.V 1 Comment
'Angels in America'. Now that's a play.
His historical significance shouldn't blind us to the fact that his plays are essentially sex comedies with smattering of philosophical small talk.V 1 Comment
Has he ever been translated into English? Would love a chance to judge for myself.V 2 Comments
His career proves that life on a river boat was no barrier to outstanding literary achievement.V 1 Comment
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.
Fashions the human drama interculturallyV 1 Comment
Heinrich was sometimes short of a dollar, but never short of ideas.
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.
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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