BY: BRANDON MARKOWITZ
August: Osage County – Tracy Letts
Set in rural Oklahoma, August: Osage County revolves around the dysfunctional Weston family. After the family patriarch commits suicide, the family begrudgingly comes together for his funeral, and all hell breaks loose. Addiction, incest, and suicide are just some of thetopics dealt with in this darkly comedic play.
Into the Woods – Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine
Another darkly comedic piece, Into the Woods is a famous Sondheim musical. Themes such as mortality and reality are brought to life through classic fairytale characters, such as Rapunzel and Cinderella, who are all connected by the childless Baker and his wife. Through his music, Sondheim shows these classic fairytale characters the price they have to pay for their happy ever after.
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? – Edward Albee
Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? is a direct attack on the fluffy, upper class society in which he was raised. Martha and George, a middle-aged couple, constantly fight, insult, and try to one-up each other. After bringing a younger couple into their ploy to destroy each other, Martha and George are left with themselves and their broken marriage.
A Raisin in the Sun – Lorraine Hansberry
Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun is an autobiographical play about her childhood experiences in a highly segregated 1950s Chicago. After she and her family moved from the south side of town to the north, they were met with much resistance. This play tackles race, segregation, and equality in pre-Civil Rights America.