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A Woman Of No Importance

Author: Oscar Wilde

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An Ideal Husband

Author: Oscar Wilde

Publisher: Dover Publications Inc. (2001)

Published in 1899, An Ideal Husband was first presented on stage in 1895 when it became an instant success. It is a social comedy that satirizes the hypocritical attitudes of people. Revolving around corruption and blackmail, the theme of the play is that there are no completely pure and pious people. Everyone commits mistakes and to pretend that one has not is an outright falsehood.

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An Inspector Calls

Author: J.B. Priestley

Publisher: Penguin Classics (2001)

The Birling family are spending a happy evening celebrating the engagement of Sheila Birling to Gerald Croft - a marriage that will result in the merging of two successful local businesses. Yet, just when everything seems to be going so well, they receive a surprise visit from an Inspector Goole who is investigating the suicide of a young girl. As the Inspector reveals more about the circumstances that led to the death of Eva Smith, each member of the family comes under the spotlight, and questions of guilt and responsibility are raised...

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Bold Girls

Author: Rona Munro

Publisher: Hodder Gibson (1991)

This play, a specified text for Revised Higher English, is the story of three women in war-torn Belfast. Although their men have been killed or imprisoned for their political activities, everyday life must go on. However, the arrival of a disturbing young girl and the revelations which follow threaten to disrupt their friendship. The main themes are largely domestic - relationships between women and within families, dreams and homemaking. The language is colloquial with Irish idioms, and many contemporary references, and there is a poignant ending. The play is aimed at students of English, particularly those studying Higher Grade English. In 1991 Rona Munro won the Susan Smith Blackburn Award and "The Evening Standard" Most Promising Playwright Award for "Bold Girls".

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Educating Rita (New Longman Literature 14-18)

Authors: Willy Russell, Andrew Bennett, Jim Taylor

Publisher: Longman (2000)

Hairdresser Rita feels that life is passing her by. She wants an education. But does Frank have anything to teach her? Willy Russell's play gives a hilarious - and often moving - account of a young woman's determination to change her life.

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Harry Potter And The Cursed Child

Author: J.K. Rowling

Publisher: Little, Brown (2016)

The eighth story. Nineteen years later.

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Hobson's Choice

Author: Harold Brighouse

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Harold Brighouse was an English playwright from the Manchester school of drama. His more than seventy plays were often set in his native Lancashire. They use humor to show the attitudes and character of the working and trading people. Hobson's Choice is a four-act comedy. Willie Mossop was a talented shoemaker. Henry Horatio Hobson was his boss. Willlie was persuaded to marry the almost spinster daughter of Hobson. Maggie is a talented salesperson and Willie a gifted shoemaker. In less than a year they were so successful that they took many of Hobson's clients. Willie attempts to help the alcoholic Hobson by letting him be his partner...silent partner that is.

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Hobson's Choice

Author: Harold Brighouse

Publisher: Heinemann Educational (1992)

The Heinemann Plays series offers contemporary drama and classic plays in durable classroom editions. Many have large casts and an equal mix of boy and girl parts. Hobson's Choice is a comedy based around the battle of wills between a hard-headed cobbler and his defiant daughter.

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Ivanoff

Author: Anton Checkov

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Lady Windermere's Fan

Author: Oscar Wilde

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This four-act play is a satire of marriage. Lady Windermere hears hints that her husband. has been giving money to an attractive and mysterious woman, a Mrs. Erlynne. Lady Windermere loves her husband utterly and believed that this love was reciprocated. However, she begins to doubt their love, and is incensed when her husband insists that she must invite Mrs. Erlynne to a ball Lady Windermere is holding that night. She is so furious that she proclaims if the woman comes into her home she will smack her across the face with the fan her husband gave her that morning. The fan becomes a symbol of her mistrust for her husband, and later on, her precarious honour. It's a tightly-written play, where each character comments on a type of personality and each has a purpose. No character is flat or stale, and everything comes together like a dance at the end. There's a twist that is rather easy to guess, but it's still an excellent play and well worth reading if you enjoy clever dialogue and witty banter. It is famous for the line: "We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars."

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