Top Ten Best Playwrights
The Contenders: Page 4
Playwright, jazz musician and actor, Vian wrote one of the all-time great absurdist plays: 'The Empire Builders'. A work of genius.
A wonderful playwright. Esp recommend 'The Heidi Chronicles' and 'The Sisters Rosensweig'.
Genet, a one-time thief, prostitute, convict and deserter, said: 'On the planet Uranus the atmosphere is so heavy that the animals drag themselves about crushed by the weight of the gasses. It is with these humiliated creatures crawling on their bellies that I want to mingle. 'V 1 Comment
Our Town is perhaps the best American play of the century, heartfelt, sweet, magical and profound in almost every line
The bespectacled old literary gent enters unexpectedly into world of theatrical greatness.
A magisterial detachment and a thick-skinned noggin distinguish this literary notable.
'Our Town' is an iconic American play.V 1 Comment
Nonsense, satire and parody masking serious philosophical intent.
'A Resounding Tinkle' knocked my socks off. Surely due for a revival.
Championed by Tynan as one of the English Theatre's greatest humourists.
From playwright to politician.
A powerful sense of history and the heroic aspects of human nature animate his work.
A quiet achiever. Nothing flashy about these plays but deeply felt.
He can see quite clearly through those thick-lensed specs.
Northern drollery laced with melancholy.
Great satirist. Died young (hammer blow to head). In danger of being forgotten.
Underrated because his best plays were written for television; but nevertheless a dramatist of singular vision.
'Pennies From Heaven', 'The Singing Detective': brilliant stuff.
Agreed. Also a great technical innovator.
A madman wielding a toilet brush.
The profane Ubu Roi and its sequels: masterpieces of theatrical anarchy.
The immortal Pere Ubu!
Master of the 'well made play'. Fell badly and unfairly out of fashion in the sixties, but now being rehabilitated.
The Winslow Boy, The Browning Version, The Deep Blue Sea...
Like Rattigan he was out of fashion for a time, but revivals of such plays as 'An Inspector Calls' have put him back on the map.V 1 Comment
One of America's best. I can't believe he's not already listed.
You can get tipsy watching this stuff.V 1 Comment
Saw his play 'Freak Winds' in New York and was mesmerised. A very intense theatrical experience.
I also saw this production! Couldn't get the damn thing out of my head for days.V 1 Comment
A midnight buffoon with a leaky fountain pen.
An absurdist with a Yankee accent.
Has been described as 'a theatrical walrus with tusks of solid gold'.V 2 Comments
Brilliantly slick and sophisticated dialogue. A crowd pleaser.V 1 Comment
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