Required Reading: Goodnight Sweet Prince

The time has come to replace “Hamlet” as the theatrical standard-bearer.

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Required Reading: “What Every Woman Knows”

“What Every Woman Knows” teaches the lesson that even if a woman is unattractive, she can still trap a man into marriage with her wits, as long as she suppresses her own ambitions and intelligence in the service of convincing the world that her man is really the brains and power and excuse me while I kneel before the porcelain god and vomit my brains out.

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Required Reading: “American Buffalo”

What plays should be considered culturally required reading? What plays that once might have held that honor no longer stack up? In this new series, Cavan Hallman explores touchstone works of theater and their place in today’s world.

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