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This US group was formed in Los Angeles, California, in 1978 by Steve Allen (guitar, vocals) and Ron Flynt (bass, vocals), two expatriate musicians from Tulsa, Oklahoma. Drummer Mike Gallo ...

Bohemian Lights

Bohemian Lights (1963)   Quick reference

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... Date/place of 1st performance: 1963 , Paris; 1971 , Madrid Date of 1st publication: 1920 ; rev. 1924 Date of 1st translation to English: 1968 Genre: Tragicom. in 15 (originally 12) scenes; Spanish prose Setting/time of action: Various locations in Madrid, c. 1917–20 Cast: 42m, 10f, extras Max Estrella , a blind old writer, has been sacked by his newspaper, and has to resort to selling books to buy food for his wife and daughter. [Added in 1924 version: Max has an intellectual discussion with Don Latino, an unscrupulous publisher, in a...

Copenhagen

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... Author: Michael Frayn Date/place of 1st performance: 1998 , London Date of 1st publication: 1998 ; rev. 2000 Genre: Drama in 2 acts Setting/time of action: The Afterlife, late 20th c., and Copenhagen, 1941 Cast: 2m, 1f At the end of the 20th century, the Danish physicist Niels Bohr , his wife Margrethe , and German physicist Werner Heisenberg look back on their lives. They recall how Bohr and Heisenberg, 16 years his junior, became friends in Copenhagen in 1924 , and how, despite disagreements, they collaborated in developing...

Drunkard, The

Drunkard, The (1844)   Quick reference

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...it contained, recalling the propaganda fides of the Middle Ages and the Baroque period and anticipating the political theatre of the 20th century. Initially at least, The Drunkard was presented in conjunction with temperance crusades. Later it became a commercial success, notably in a 1933 revival in Los Angeles, where, played for laughs, it set an American record for a ‘straight’ play of 7,510 performances over 20...

American Dream, The

American Dream, The (1961)   Quick reference

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... Setting/time of action: American living room, mid-20th c. Cast: 2m, 3f Domineering Mommy tells henpecked Daddy about the hat she has bought. Grandma enters with a lot of boxes. Aware that Mommy would like to put her in a nursing home, Grandma reminds Daddy that she warned him against Mommy's grasping behaviour. Mrs Barker comes from the Bye-Bye Adoption Service and is invited to make herself comfortable; so she takes off her dress. Grandma explains to her that the ‘bundle of joy’ Mommy and Daddy adopted 20 years previously proved a disappointment to them....

Forty Years On

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...Years On Author: Alan Bennett Date/place of 1st performance: 1968 , London Date of 1st publication: 1969 Genre: Com. in 2 acts; prose and songs Setting/time of action: Assembly hall of English public school, 1968 , and a historical review 1900–45 Cast: 5m, 2f, 20 schoolboys The Headmaster gives a speech of farewell, concerned that he is handing over to Franklin, a liberal successor. Preparations are made to stage the school play, Speak for England, Arthur . This begins in the basement of Claridge's hotel, London, at the outbreak of the...

Mad World, My Masters, A

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...saved by Superintendent Sayers, who, disguised as a woman, inspires Claughton to passion. Claughton is induced to come to Buckingham Palace mews to receive his hoped-for knighthood. He is told to wear a Mother Goose costume and to donate £20,000 to the royal coffers. Vi, disguised as the Queen, collects the £20,000, and when the real Queen appears, Claughton is led off to the Tower. Grandma comes to triumph over Claughton and is shot dead by him. Sayers covers up her murder: ‘She tried to take on the upper class | Now the worms are gnawing at her arse.’...

Mein Kampf

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...Kampf Author: George Tabori Date/place of 1st performance: 1987 , Vienna Date of 1st publication: 1987 in German; 1996 in English Genre: Hist. drama in 5 acts; English prose Setting/time of action: Flop-house in Vienna, early 20th c. Cast: 4m, 2f, extras Two Jews, bookseller Shlomo Herzl and unemployed cook Lobkowitz, who imagines he is God, converse about Herzl's projected book Mein Kampf . Hitler comes to Vienna to take the entrance exam at the Academy of Fine Art. The following morning, Hitler dresses in a panic, and Herzl trims his...

My Mother Said I Never Should

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...(9) visits her grandmother Doris (61). 1969 : Jackie (17) rebels against her mother Margaret (38). 1961 : Margaret (30) has a miscarriage. 1971 : Jackie (19) has an illegitimate baby Rosie, and her mother Margaret (40) takes her away to bring her up as her own. 1951 : Margaret (20) tells Doris (51) that she is going to marry an American Air Force pilot, live in London, and have a career. Jackie (27) goes to Margaret's for Rosie's eighth birthday. Rosie believes Jackie is her elder sister. 1982 : Doris's husband has died, and the four generations of women...

Salvation Nell

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...Nell Author: Edward Sheldon Date/place of 1st performance: 1908 , Providence, Rhode Island Date of 1st publication: 1967 Genre: Drama in 3 acts Setting/time of action: A bar, a tenement apartment, a street corner, New York, early 20th c. Cast: 27m, 20f, extras Nell Sanders works long hours as a cleaner in a bar in order to support her lover Jim Platt, a charming but indolent individual, by whom she becomes pregnant. He repays her by constant abuse. Because of his drunkenness, he loses his job and gets into a fight with another drinker...

Son, The

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... 1916 , Prague Date of 1st publication: 1914 Date of 1st translation to English: None known Genre: Drama in 5 acts; German prose and some verse Setting/time of action: Middle-class home, meeting hall, and hotel room in a German town, early 20th c. Cast: 8m, 2f Despite believing in his own genius, the 20-year-old Son has again failed his examinations, and is confined to his room by his tyrannical father. Lyrically yearning for fulfilment away from this arid learning, he contemplates but rejects suicide. Encouraged by his Friend, he woos his young...

Speed the Plough

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... Date/place of 1st performance: 1800 , London Date of 1st publication: 1800 Genre: Com. in 5 acts; prose Setting/time of action: A Gothic castle and its environs, Hampshire, late 18th c. Cast: 11m, 4f, extras Sir Philip Blandford, a widower, having been abroad for 20 years, returns to his Gothic castle to give his only daughter's hand in marriage to the dashing young Bob, son of Sir Abel Handy, who has himself recently married a snobbish country woman with no breeding. Unfortunately, Bob is in love with a simple country girl Susan Ashfield. At...

Queen and the Rebels, The

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...regina e gli insorti ) Author: Ugo Betti Date/place of 1st performance: 1951 , Rome Date of 1st publication: 1951 Date of 1st translation to English: 1956 Genre: Drama in 4 acts; Italian prose Setting/time of action: Town hall in an Italian mountain village, mid-20th c. Cast: 7?m, 3f, 1 child (m), extras Rebel forces searching for Queen Elisabetta, who is trying to escape to safety, have stopped a bus, forcing the passengers to disembark. The military interpreter who interrogates them recognizes the prostitute Argia as his former mistress...

Rutherford and Son

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...and Son Author: Githa Sowerby Date/place of 1st performance: 1912 , London Date of 1st publication: 1912 Genre: Drama in 3 acts Setting/time of action: John Rutherford's home, northern England, early 20th c. Cast: 4m, 4f The autocratic John Rutherford, boss of a metalworks on bleak moorland in northern England, lives with his curmudgeonly sister Ann, his desiccated daughter Janet, and his ineffectual son Richard, who is in the Church. His older son John has reluctantly returned home with his wife Mary and their baby son, and the young...

Attempts on Her Life

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...on Her Life Author: Martin Crimp Date/place of 1st performance: 1997 , London Date of 1st publication: 1997 Genre: 17 scenarios Setting/time of action: Indeterminate locations in Britain, late 20th c. Cast: Any number of performers In the course of 17 disjointed scenes, aspects of the life of Anne (Ann, Annie, Anny, Anya, Annushka) may be pieced together. It appears that she is 40, is trusting, travels widely, has appeared in films – perhaps as a porn star – and seeks fulfilment as a terrorist. She may have taken an overdose and be lying...

Professor Taranne

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...However, the letter accuses him of plagiarizing his lecture from Ménard. When he hangs up the seating chart, it is blank. Slowly he begins to undress. This short absurdist piece, considered by Adamov to be his finest, was based on a dream. In it, Adamov expresses the repeated 20th-century concern with individual identity and a Kafkaesque feeling of undefined...

House of Bernarda Alba, The

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... Date of 1st translation to English: 1947 Genre: Trag. in 3 acts; Spanish prose Setting/time of action: Spanish farm, early 20th c. Cast: 10f, extras Bernarda Alba's second husband has just died, and she orders her five daughters to lock up the house and observe eight years of mourning. During this time, they are to see no men, and ‘not a breath of air will get in this house from the street’. The youngest daughter, 20-year-old Adela, rebels unsuccessfully against her tyrannical mother. But despite the old servant's warnings, Bernarda insists that...

Blood Wedding

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...Oleander Author: Federico García Lorca Date/place of 1st performance: 1933 , Madrid Date of 1st publication: 1933 Date of 1st translation to English: 1939 Genre: Trag. in 3 acts; Spanish prose and verse Setting/time of action: Farmhouse in Andalusia, Spain, early 20th c. Cast: 8m, 11f, extras A Mother, who has lost her husband and son in a bitter blood feud with the Félix family, is alarmed when she discovers that her other son is to marry a young woman who was once engaged to Leonardo Félix . Leonardo and the woman could not marry, because...

Gas Trilogy, The

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... 1918 ; (3) 1920 Date of 1st translation to English: (1) 1963 ; (2) 1925 ; (3) 1963 Genre: Trilogy of three dramas: (1) 5 acts, (2) 5 acts, and (3) 3 acts; German prose Setting/time of action: (1) Margarine factory and at sea, early 20th c.; (2) A gas factory, mid-20th c.; (3) The same gas factory, late 20th c. Cast: (1) 19m, 3f, extras; (2) 15m, 4f, extras; (3) 15m, extras (1) The Coral ( Die Koralle ) . The Billionaire (or Millionaire) is the autocratic boss of a margarine factory, intent on acquiring as much wealth as possible in order to...

Death of a Salesman

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...of a Salesman Author: Arthur Miller Date/place of 1st performance: 1949 , New York Date of 1st publication: 1949 Genre: Trag. in 2 acts and a ‘Requiem’ Setting/time of action: Lomans' house and yard in Brooklyn, and other locations in New York and Boston, mid-20th c. Cast: 8m, 5f Willy Loman is a travelling salesman in his early sixties, ‘tired to the death’ after a life of hard work. He tells his wife Linda how worried he is about their elder son Biff, 34 and unemployed. Biff is contrasted with his younger brother Happy, who has a steady...

Murder in the Cathedral

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...arrives and predicts his own demise: ‘End will be simple, sudden, God-given.’ Thomas is visited by Four Tempters, who offer increasingly subtle rewards. The First urges him to return to the gaiety of his youth when he would carouse happily with Henry, but Thomas tells him he comes 20 years too late. The Second invites him to become Lord Chancellor again and wield political power, but Thomas insists it is more important to wield spiritual power. The Third Tempter suggests that Thomas should lead a revolt of the barons, but Thomas will not sink to treason. The...

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