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Billkozy  (Level: 291.7 - Posts: 318)
Tue, 16th Jun '09 1:58 AM


Hello there! I used to conduct surveys for the Community Challenge category and then fashioned the Top 10 results into a quiz. We don't have the Community Challenges anymore, but I thought I'd conduct this Community Theatre quiz for old times sake.
I'm conducting a poll of Sploofus players for a quiz that I will write based on the results. I'm asking the following question:

"If your local Community Theatre were putting on a play what are the 5 Non-Musical Plays that you would be most likely to want to go see?"

In essence I'm not necessarily asking about your favorite non-musicals, because that would mean you've already seen them of course, and thus wouldn't necessarily feel compelled to see them again. But if you would, then by all means feel free to include them in your voting. But the question is mainly focused on the plays that you would be most willing to go and see if a community theatre in your area was putting them on.

And definitely, I'm looking for plays, not musicals.
When the results are tabulated I will make the top 10 vote-getters the basis of the quiz.
It's open to anyone who would like to respond. Just message me privately and I'll enter your answer in my handy dandy excel chart that will be calculating the top ten. You can rank them in order or say "no particular order".
Thanks for listening, and I hope you're looking forward to the results as much as I am!
Best wishes always,

Smokydevil  (Level: 163.0 - Posts: 5381)
Tue, 16th Jun '09 2:00 AM

Yay! A new poll! Can we just post them here? Or do you think that would influence the results somehow? It might help me to be reminded of some I might've forgotten....

Zeedee  (Level: 235.6 - Posts: 1088)
Tue, 16th Jun '09 10:56 AM

For those who would like a memory-jogger, most community theaters get their plays through either Dramatists Play Service or Samuel French, Inc.

Zeedee  (Level: 235.6 - Posts: 1088)
Tue, 16th Jun '09 10:57 AM

Don't know why didn't come through as a link. Hope it works this time.

Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Tue, 16th Jun '09 11:12 AM

Much of my childhood revolved around community theater. My dad was an active actor/director in the 50s and 60s. He was rarely home at night, always rehearsing etc. I tried out only once. It was for "The Crucible". Dad did not pick me for the part. He was pretty smart.

Lodi  (Level: 107.5 - Posts: 2144)
Tue, 16th Jun '09 11:59 AM

Sorry BK. Every play I am waiting to see is a musical.

Monkeynips13  (Level: 21.5 - Posts: 647)
Tue, 16th Jun '09 1:58 PM

It was hard to choose just five, as I spent sixteen years acting and stage managing for various community theatres, as well as heading up a play selection committee for several years. Here are the plays that came most readily to mind (in no particular order).

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged by the Reduced Shakespeare Company
Lonely Planet by Stephen Dietz
Fortinbras by Lee Blessing
Some Things You Need to Know Before the World Ends (A Final Evening With the Illuminati) by Levi Lee and Larry Larson
All in the Timing by David Ives

Tsk9653  (Level: 113.2 - Posts: 1466)
Tue, 16th Jun '09 2:03 PM

Do you want us to post in the thread, which might detract from the resulting quiz, or send you a pm?

Bobolicios  (Level: 119.6 - Posts: 1745)
Tue, 16th Jun '09 4:01 PM

Death of a Salesman
Come back little Sheba
The Crucible
The Glass Menagerie
Streetcar Named Desire
Of Mice and Men
The Taming of the Shrew (my favorite Shakespeare play)
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Any way I know it is heavy on Tennessee Williams, but what is wrong with that.

Billkozy  (Level: 291.7 - Posts: 318)
Wed, 17th Jun '09 11:02 PM

Thanks for those links to the list of plays Zeedee!

Ladyvol  (Level: 213.0 - Posts: 5677)
Thu, 18th Jun '09 10:50 AM

How about Our Town? I always liked that play...

Zeedee  (Level: 235.6 - Posts: 1088)
Thu, 18th Jun '09 11:22 AM

Excuse me -- Bill specifically says "Just message me privately."

Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12008)
Thu, 18th Jun '09 12:01 PM

Hey! I was gonna say Our Town!

Anything by Shakespeare will get me out of the house. Also (in no particular order) any Tom Stoppard, Arthur Miller, Edward Albee, August Wilson, Tennessee Williams, Eugene O'Neill, Noel Coward, Oscar Wilde or GB Shaw. So many more!

Shakespeare-related plays are always great fun for me - Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (See my Smoke20 quiz ) is a longtime favorite I've been lucky to see live, and done superbly; I recently enjoyed Playing Juliet/Casting Othello by a local theatre group; adored Paul Rudnick's I Hate Hamlet, a farce about a young Broadway actor playing the gloomy prince, who moves into an apartment haunted by the great actor John Barrymore. Once saw an amazing behind-the-scenes comedy called The Lovelife of Romeo Montague, very surprising not to be able to find it with google, but I think the author's name is Lippo.

I also love the ancient Greeks - the Oedipus Cycle, Medea, Agamemnon, The Trojan Women, Phaedra, Lysistrata.

Historical plays like Becket and Murder in the Cathedral, all the Joans of Arcs and Cleopatras, A Man for All Seasons, The Lion in Winter, L'Aiglon ...

I'm a terrible person to ask this question, I love it all!

Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12008)
Thu, 18th Jun '09 12:03 PM

Oopsie - sorry, didn't see it until after I posted.

Ladyvol  (Level: 213.0 - Posts: 5677)
Thu, 18th Jun '09 2:15 PM

Neither did I...

Leaston  (Level: 42.6 - Posts: 838)
Thu, 18th Jun '09 2:32 PM

A Midsummer Night's Dream, Our Town, Romeo and Juliet

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