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    Great One-Act Plays

    Hey all,

    I'm looking for a reading list/suggestions for great one-act plays. A couple by Susan Glaspell come to mind, but not too many others. Any suggestions?
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    Oleanna by David Mamet
    Speed-The-Plow by David Mamet
    Blackbird by David Harrower
    Betrayal by Harold Pinter (it can be performed with an interval but it's only 90 minutes)
    The Dumb Waiter by Harold Pinter

    I don't know how good they are but the films Baby Doll and This Property is Not Condemned are based on them:
    21 Wagons of Cotton by Tennessee Williams
    This Property is Not Condemned by Tennessee Williams

    That's all I can think of so far.

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    Try the French classicists. All one acters, because of unity in place, time and action.

    Molière is one, but there must be more.

    Should Waiting for Godot not be one either?
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    Quote Originally Posted by kiki1982 View Post
    Try the French classicists. All one acters, because of unity in place, time and action.

    Molière is one, but there must be more.

    Should Waiting for Godot not be one either?
    Godot is 'A Tragicomedy in Two Acts'.
    "The farther he goes the more good it does me. I don’t want philosophies, tracts, dogmas, creeds, ways out, truths, answers, nothing from the bargain basement. He is the most courageous, remorseless writer going and the more he grinds my nose in the sh1t the more I am grateful to him..."
    -- Harold Pinter on Samuel Beckett

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    Quote Originally Posted by kiki1982 View Post
    Try the French classicists. All one acters, because of unity in place, time and action.
    They're still split into acts. A one-act play would be between 30-90 minutes.

    I believe Huis Clos would be one: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Huis_clos

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    The Glass Menagerie --Tennessee Williams
    Endgame--Samuel Beckett
    The Zoo Story--Edward Albee

    You could probably find a list more quickly by googling "great one act plays" or something.

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