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Eugene O'Neill

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Long Day's Journey Into Night

Long Day's Journey Into Night. 1962. Eugene O'Neill's play was only a slightly dramatized account of his own family life when he was a kid.

Long Day's Journey Into Night
Long Day's Journey Into Night, 1973. Starring Laurence Olivier.

Long Day's Journey Into Night
Long Day's Journey Into Night, 1987 starring Jack Lemmon.

The Iceman Cometh

The Iceman Cometh. 1973, starring Lee Marvin. A film adaptation of the Eugene O'Neill stage play. A man takes part in his landlord's birthday celebration and annual drunken bender. Both characters have regrets but try to make the best of what they have.

The Iceman Cometh

The Iceman Cometh, 1960. Jason Robards burst onto the Broadway scene in 1956 with his performance in Eugene O'Neill's devastating play. The central role of Hickey, a salesman who comes to a rundown bar on a mission to bring peace to its boozing denizens

Tennessee Williams

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The Glass Menagerie

The Glass Menagerie. 1973. Considered by many to be double Pulitzer Prize Winner Tennessee Williams' finest play, this production stars Hollywood legend Katharine Hepburn as tough matriarch Amanda Wingfield.

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. 1958. This powerful adaptation of Tennessee Williams' Pulitzer Prize-winning play offers a smouldering, angry Elizabeth Taylor as Maggie, the feline in question, and Paul Newman as her ex-athlete husband.

A Streetcar Named Desire.

A Streetcar Named Desire. 1951. Drama about a brutish, insensitive man who terrorises his neurotic sister-in-law, and drives her over the brink of sanity.

Suddenly, Last Summer.

Suddenly, Last Summer. 1959. Starring Elizabeth Taylor. Catherine Holly is committed to a mental institution after witnessing her cousin's death. Her aunt tries to influence the neurosurgeon to keep Catherine drugged. But what is her real motive? Adapted from the Tennessee Williams play.

Sweet Bird of Youth

Sweet Bird of Youth, 1989, starring Elizabeth Taylor

See also: Tennesee Williams. Biography: USA UK

Arthur Miller

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Death of a Salesman.

Death of a Salesman. 1885.German filmmaker Volker Schlndorff's production of Arthur Miller's most famous play.

Death of a Salesman.

Death of a Salesman. 1966. This Broadway Theater Archive treat showcases the "perfect" Salesman cast, in a treatment that is essentially a reblocking of the famed Elia Kazan Broadway premiere of the play.

The Crucible.

The Crucible. 1996. Arthur Miller based his classic 1953 play on the actual Salem witch trials of 1692, but Miller also meant the work as a parable for the misery created by the McCarthy anti-Communist hearings of the 1950s.

The Misfits.

The Misfits. 1961. The final film of stars Clark Gable and Marilyn Monroe is an elegy for the death of the Old West from writer Arthur Miller and director John Huston.

Making The Misfits.

Making The Misfits. 2002. Behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with surviving members of the cast and crew including Arthur Miller.

Neil Simon

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Plaza Suite

Plaza Suite.1971. Adapted from the Broadway smash by Neil Simon. Walter Matthau has a field day playing three roles in this trio of one-act plays that all take place in Suite 719 of the Plaza Hotel.

The Sunshine Boys

The Sunshine Boys. 1995. Neil Simon rewrote his 1972 Broadway play for this teaming of Woody Allen and Peter Falk which is about an agent's efforts to get together a comedy duo for a TV Special, Lewis and Clark, who are one-time vaudeville actors.

The Odd Couple

The Odd Couple. 1967. Neil Simon's classic stage comedy made an effortless transition to the big screen whenprovided Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau with a tailor-made mid-career affirmation of their status as two of cinema's greatest funny men.

The Gooodbye Girl

The Gooodbye Girl. 1977. Neil Simon's play shines under the direction of Herbert Ross as these two mismatched people find their contempt changing into mutual admiration.

See also:
After the Fox 1966
Barefooot in the Park 1967
The Slugger's Wife 1985
Brighton Beach Memoirs 1986
Biloxi Blues 1988
The Marrying Man 1991
Lost in Yonkers 1993
Jake's Women 1996
The Odd Couple II 1998

Edward Albee 1928-2016

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Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? 1966. Mike Nichols's scorching film version of Edward Albee's sensational play

A Delicate Balance

A Delicate Balance. 1973. This adaptation of Edward Albee's play was part of the American Film Theater series, conceived in the 1970s by producer Ely Landau.


Michael Cristofer

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The Shadow Box

The Shadow Box. 1980. Adaptation of a play by Michael Cristofer, directed by Paul Newman, starring Christopher Plummer and Joanne Woodward.


Gia. 1998. Script by Michael Cristofer and Jay McInerney, about the life of supermodel Gia Carangi.

Breaking Up

Breaking Up. 1997. Screenplay by Michael Cristofer, starring Russell Crowe. Breaking Up is a very real portrait of an addictive love affair that strikes a decidedly familiar chord.

Falling in Love

Falling in Love. 1984. Screenwriter: Michael Cristofer. Starring Robert Di Niro and Meryl Streep. The bittersweet story of two people - both married - who meet by chance and fall in love.

Mr Jones

Mr Jones. 1993. Co-written by Michael Cristofer. Richard Gere is pretty convincing as a severe manic-depressive whose episodes of euphoria sometimes find him dancing on a two-by-four far above the street or climbing onstage during a symphony performance to "conduct" the orchestra.

David Mamet

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Oleanna. 1994. David Mamet directed this screen version of his controversial two-character stage drama.

American Buffalo.

American Buffalo. 1996. Adaptation of David Mamet's play about three losers planning a robbery.

Glengarry Glen Ross.

Glengarry Glen Ross. 1992. Based on a play by David Mamet. The powerful story of the wheelings and dealings of a small Chicago real estate office where the name of the game is to close the deal and stay on top.


Spartan. 2004. Acclaimed playwright David Mamet continues his movie-directing career with the noirish political thriller.


Tony Kushner

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Angels in America

Angels in America. 2003. Tony Kushner's prize-winning play became the defining US theatrical event of the 1990s.



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