Top Ten Tuesday: Busting Out of My Comfort Zone with Plays

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Happy Tuesday! This week’s Top Ten Tuesday theme is a very interesting one: going outside of your comfort zone, or the genre that you typically read. For me, I’m always most hesitant about reading plays because I tend to a) either have a hard time reading them (I’m looking at you, Shakespeare) or b) not enjoy them as much as novels. In the spirit of busting out of my comfort zone, here are ten plays that I have recently read:

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  1. Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
  2. King Lear by William Shakespeare
  3. Macbeth by William Shakespeare
  4. Hamlet by William Shakespeare
  5. Galileo by Bertolt Brecht
  6. Our Town by Thornton Wilder
  7. The Crucible by Arthur Miller
  8. Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
  9. Antigone by Sophocles
  10. Oedipus Rex by Sophocles

The majority of these have been assigned reading for my classes over the years. My favorite of these by far is Our Town– that play is just so beautiful!

What are your favorite plays? Any recommendations? What do you think of the ones on my list? Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY

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30 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Busting Out of My Comfort Zone with Plays

  1. I feel exactly the same thing when it comes to plays. I studied this genre for a whole semester in college and decided to expend my knowledge by buying more plays (Shakespeare mostly) and all of them are still waiting on my shelf. I must have opened King Lear at some point but probably didn’t read more than 10 pages … But I’d totally love to see a production of it !

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    1. It’s good to hear that I’m not alone in feeling this way! It seems like we’re just cursed to forever feel indifferent towards plays… hopefully someday we can break that curse! Until then, though, I’ll happily stick to reading my novels and watching performances of plays. Happy reading! 🙂

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  2. I don’t read plays often enough, considering how much I love the great ones. The Crucible, for example is fantastic! You have a great list going on here, especially with Shakespeare. My favorite of his is probably Julius Caesar or Othello, though. Outside of that, I’d also recommend Long Day’s Journey Into Night, by Eugene O’Neill– there’s also a film adaptation. Right now, I’m trying to work my way through August Wilson’s plays, since they’re all being adapted for HBO in the coming years.

    My ttt: http://brownbooksandgreentea.com/2016/02/23/reading-outside-of-my-comfort-zone/

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    1. Ooooh, thanks for all the great recommendations! 🙂 I’ll definitely have to check them out at some point. I feel like watching performances/adaptations will be key for me, at least in the beginning of my valiant effort to love plays.

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    1. I read Othello for English class when I was a sophomore in high school and I can’t say it was the most pleasant experience; however, I think it had to do more with my teacher and the way it was taught than the actual play itself. Maybe I’ll give it another try someday!

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    1. I never even really thought about reading plays until we had to read them in high school (that classic Romeo & Juliet freshman experience sort of thing), but lately I’ve been enjoying watching performances more and more that I figure I should also give reading them more of a chance. Happy reading! 🙂

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    1. Thanks so much for the recommendations! I’ve never read any of Wilde’s plays, so I’ll definitely have to check them out! I haven’t listened to any audio productions in general… hopefully they’ll make a difference in my opinion of the plays! 🙂

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  3. One of my favorite things about taking an acting class in college was the array of plays I was exposed to. My favorite that I read and did a scene from was Mr. 80%. It’s about two men who pretend to be gay to get with a couple of women. (At least that’s the gist of it.). It was funny. I loved doing a scene from it.

    Shakespeare is always a solid option, although I think I’ve only read like three or four plays in their entirety. I think the Tempest is my favorite. Great post!

    Here is my TTT if you’re interested.

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    1. Thanks so much for the recommendations! I’ve never heard of any of those plays before, so I’ll definitely have to add them to my ever-growing list! 🙂

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  4. I haven’t read plays in quite some time. In part its because I prefer to GO to plays, rather than read them. However, it is cheaper and faster to read them. I should get back to it.

    But, when I was reading plays, I remember liking Ibsen (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/80521.Four_Major_Plays?ac=1&from_search=1&from_nav=true) and Swimming to Cambodia (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/181190.Swimming_to_Cambodia?ac=1&from_search=1&from_nav=true).

    My favorite Shakespeare plays are (not in any specific order): Othello, Macbeth, The Tempest, The Taming of the Shrew

    Here was my TTT: https://vfseattle.wordpress.com/2016/02/23/top-ten-tuesday-2/

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    1. haha I had a similar reaction when I read it. There was so much hype about it beforehand (obviously it’s an iconic play, so I figured as much) but I was a little underwhelmed. I did enjoy it, though! Thanks! 🙂

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  5. I really like Shakespeare’s ‘Richard II’, but I’m a bit biased towards it after seeing it performed live at The Globe in London – it was amazing and full of humour. But I listened to an audio version of it and it wasn’t quite as good – it’s funny how different one play can be depending on the performance by a group of actors.

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