The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde- Wildean social satire. Extremely quotable. Also a good movie.
Much Ado About Nothing*, A Midsummer Night’s Dream*, Twelfth Night, As You Like It, Hamlet, and many more by William Shakespeare. Also watch the most recent A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Much Ado About Nothing movies (Much Ado uses coconuts like in Monty Python). Anna and I used to read these aloud to each other.
Inherit the Wind by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee - read this in my 8th grade reading class with the best teacher I ever had. Has good historical and scientific content.
The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee- I love the transcendentalist lines in this play. It is a beautiful and enlightening piece.
Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett- an absurdist play, some like them, some don’t.
The Zoo Story, The Sandbox, and American Dream by Edward Albee- all of these plays are absurdist. They are humorous and shocking and recommended for older readers.
Antigone by Sophocles- I read this on my own for school and liked it- some nice sections and a good example of classical Greek literature. Worth seeing a stage version. I saw one in Chicago where Creon was dressed as a politician and entered with actors playing members of the secret service.
Arsenic and Old Lace by Joseph Kesselring- a funny play about two old women and I can’t say more or I’ll ruin it! Also a good movie.