20.Prelude to a Kiss- Craig Lucas. Premiered in California in 1988.
19. Long Day's Journey Into Night - Eugene O'Neill.premiered in Stockholm at the Royal Dramatic theatre in 1956.
quick summary: A play about addiction and how it affects everyone around the addict.The characters all move in cycles of conflict which only fleetingly break for attempts at real human interaction which are ultimeitely thwarted agin by addiction.
18. Dream on Monkey Mountain - Derek Walcott. Premiered in Trinidad in 1967
quick summary: A local one, where a prison escapee becomes a religious leader. rooted in the customs of the Caribbean and embracing the Caribbean dialect, it is one of the few plays that Caribbean nationals can strongly relate to their own lives.
17.Rhinoceros -Eugene Ionesco .Premiered in Paris in 1959
quick summary: A play where all the inhabitants of a small town turn in to rhinos. A response to the emergence of fascism, communism and Nazism. It explores th importance of culture, morality and philosophy.
16.Arcadia - Tom Stoppard. Premiered in London at the Royal National theatre in 1993.
quick summary: Has several elements of a drama but dialogue of a comedy. An exploration in the evidence of truth about several subjects and how the past is interpreted by scholars.
15. Betrayal- Harold Pinter. Premiered in London at the Royal National theatre in 1978.
quick summary: Features the self absorption the characters in their own self deceptions and their need to save face. The emotions of the characters, as usual in a Pinter play, remained hidden and conflicting.
14. Closer -Patrick Marber. Premiered in London at The Royal National Theatre's Cottesloe Threatre in 1997.
quick description : Most people know about this play from the 2004 movie of the same name. A forceful play which has both modern and post-modern concepts. It addresses the fragmented and illusionary nature of relationships during the 1990's. Also shows how truth is defined by the willingness of a person to relate to it.
13.Doubt: A Parable - John Patrick Shanley .Premiered on Broadway in 2005.
quick summary: A play about (perceived) sexual abuse by clergymen, a very relevant topic currently. What the play really shows is that without actual tangible evidence how importance are perception and certainty and what level of doubt affects judgement.
12.Anna in the Tropics - Nilo Cruz.Premiered in Florida at the New theater in 2003.
quick summary: The changes brought by the new lector in a cigar rolling factory and it's impact on the lives of the workers. Also shows the effect that mechanization had on the lives of such workers and the effect of novels on real life.
11.The Elephant man -Bernard Pomerance. Premiered in New York at Booth Theater in 1979.
10. The Miracle Worker- William Gibson. premiered in London at the Playhouse Theater in 1957.
quick summary: The early life of Helen Keller and how she learned to read and communicate with the help of her governess. Shows an incredible dynamic between the governess and Keller .
9. Equus- Peter Shaffer.Premiered in London at the Royal National Theatre in 1973.
quick summary: still performed up to 2010. A completely original story of a psychiatrist who has to treat who has a pathological/sexual attraction to horses. Filled with religious themes as well as the conflict between social acceptance and personal wishes.
quick description: An absurdist tragicomedy with existential themes. Major themes include the search for value, the impossibility of knowing for certain and the debate between free will vs fate. Art vs. reality also play as major part.