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Plays That Sploofus Players Would Most Likely See



billkozyBillkozy on 08/12/2009

PlaysThatSploofusPlayersWouldMostLikelySee Photo For the past few weeks I've been conducting a poll among Sploofus players 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?"

Part of the impetus for this particular question was in giving a local theatre I'm acquainted with some potentially valuable insights as to which non-musical plays people would be most likely to attend if their local community theatre were producing it. The theatre might take into account these opinions as they plan next year's schedule. And the reason I chose non-musicals was because musicals do come much more difficult and expensive to produce (a community theatre has to pay for a good music director and/or musicians if they don't have them readily available as volunteers). So as a result, small community theatres depend more heavily on producing plays. So anyway, the specific subtlety here was that the question wasn't necessarily asking for the favorite non-musical plays, but the ones that would be most likely to draw you to the theatre whether you'd seen the plays before or not.

I thank everyone who voted in this survey. Thank you thank you thank you!! I messaged approximately 1600 Sploofus members and 212 players responded with their votes. Using a weighted formula giving more value for example to a 1st place preference then a 5th place preference, I then calculated the results, and the top ten are the basis of this quiz.

But for the extra curious I'll also reveal here the plays that finished in 80th through 11th place.
80. Private Lives (Noel Coward) 79. August: Osage County (Tracy Letts) 78. Butterflies Are Free (Leonard Gershe) 77. Complete Works of Wm Shakespeare by Reduced Comp.(Reed Martin, Austin Tichenor) 76. Teahouse of the August Moon (John Patrick) 75. Ten Little Indians (Agatha Christie) 74. Plaza Suite (Neil Simon) 73. Sunshine Boys, The (Neil Simon) 72. Witness for the Prosecution (Agatha Christie) 71. Sleuth (Anthony Shaffer) 70. God of Carnage (Yasmina Reza) 69. Oedipus Rex (Sophocles) 68. Proof (David Auburn) 67. Wit (Margaret Edson) 66. The Nerd (Larry Shue) 65. Barefoot in the Park (Neil Simon) 64. The Joy Luck Club (Susan Kim) 63. Picnic (William Inge) 62. King Lear (William Shakespeare) 61. Amadeus (Peter Shaffer) 60. Children of a Lesser God (Mark Medoff) 59. The Merchant of Venice (William Shakespeare) 58. The Vagina Monologues (Eve Ensler) 57. Cyrano de Bergerac (Edmond Rostand) 56. Fences (August Wilson) 55. Bang the Drum Slowly (Eric Simonson) 54. Wait Until Dark (Frederick Knott) 53. The Man Who Came to Dinner (George S. Kaufman, Moss Hart) 52. And Then There Were None (Agatha Christie) 51. The Cherry Orchard (Anton Chekhov) 50. The Iceman Cometh (Eugene O'Neill) 49. A Thousand Clowns (Herb Gardner) 48. One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest (Dale Wasserman) 47. The 39 Steps (Patrick Barlow) 46. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (Tom Stoppard) 45. Same Time Next Year (Bernard Slade) 44. A Few Good Men (Aaron Sorkin) 43. Richard III (William Shakespeare) 42. A Man For All Seasons (Robert Bolt) 41. Mister Roberts (Thomas Heggen, Joshua Logan) 40. Dracula (Hamilton Deane & John L. Balderston) 39. Equus (Peter Shaffer) 38. Deathtrap (Ira Levin) 37. Steel Magnolias (Robert Harling) 36. Tuesdays With Morrie (Jeffrey Hatcher, Mitch Albom) 35. Pygmalion (George Bernard Shaw) 34. Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf (Edward Albee) 33. Othello (William Shakespeare) 32. A Raisin in the Sun (Lorraine Hansberry) 31. The Taming of the Shrew (William Shakespeare) 30. Brighton Beach Memoirs (Neil Simon) 29. Twelfth Night (William Shakespeare) 28. The Miracle Worker (William Gibson) 27. Macbeth (William Shakespeare) 26. Doubt (John Patrick Shanley) 25. Noises Off (Michael Frayn) 24. Much Ado About Nothing (William Shakespeare) 23. Glengary Glen Ross (David Mamet) 22. Hamlet (William Shakespeare) 21. The Crucible (Arthur Miller) 20. To Kill a Mockingbird (Christopher Sergel) 19. Romeo and Juliet (William Shakespeare) 18. Blithe Spirit (Noel Coward) 17. A Christmas Carol (Charles Dickens) 16. You Can't Take It With You (George S. Kaufman, Moss Hart) 15. The Diary of Anne Frank (Frances Goodrich, Albert Hackett) 14. Inherit the Wind (Jerome Lawrence, Robert Edwin Lee)
13. The Mousetrap (Agatha Christie) 12. Harvey (Mary Chase) 11. The Glass Menagerie (Tennessee Williams)
And now for the Top 10. Thank you all to all who voted or even just wrote back to say they couldn't. I hope you enjoy the quiz, and please do rate it afterward if you have a chance.
Best wishes,
Bill
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Comments (31)
ronophonic
Ronophonic  (Level: 65.4)
Wed, 23rd Dec '09 8:09 AM

A tough one...................but very enlightening! Thanks.


taoman
Taoman  (Level: 200.0)
Thu, 10th Sep '09 10:31 PM

Really hard but interesting quiz, Billkozy. Thanks for putting it together.


jcmillercfp
Jcmillercfp  (Level: 172.5)
Wed, 9th Sep '09 2:52 PM

One of the best quizzes ever. Bill, thanks for all the work you put into this.


katsei
Katsei  (Level: 86.9)
Sat, 22nd Aug '09 9:15 AM

I don't know anything about stage plays, but you put together a well-written and challenging quiz!


freakshow
Freakshow  (Level: 53.9)
Thu, 20th Aug '09 11:58 PM

I totally bombed on the quiz...but I enjoyed the heck out of it! But I'm just biased because I was one of the resondees Good luck with the Community Theatre! --Joe








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