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Theatrical Plays on DVD at the Leavey Library: Titles B-C

Titles B-C

Beyond the Horizon
"A McCarter Theatre Company production of Eugene O'Neill's first full-length play which won him a Pulitzer prize. The play concerns two brothers in love with the same girl. Her rejection of one of them and marriage to the other tears apart a family and sets the stage for all three characters' discontent and disallusionment."

Brace Up!: Anton Chekhov's Three Sisters
"Avant-garde adaptation of Chekhov's Three Sisters, incorporating close-up recordings of the performers simultaneously with continuous wide-angle

"Brand is a play by Henrik Ibsen. It is a verse tragedy, written in 1865 and first performed in Stockholm on 24 March 1867. Brand was an intellectual play that caused many people to 'think outside the box.' Brand is a priest who wants to take consequence of his choices, and is therefore deeply bound to doing the 'right thing.' He believes primarily in the will of man, and lives by the device 'all or nothing.' To make compromises is therefore difficult, or by his moral standards questionable at best. His picture of God is clearly derived from the Old Testament. His beliefs render him lonely in the end, as people around him, when put to the test, as a rule can not or will not follow his example. Brand is arguably a young idealist with a main purpose: to save the world, or at least Man's soul. His visions are great, but his judgement of others may seem harsh and unfair."

"Ben, a gay teacher who hates himself and everyone else, gets dumped by his boyfriend and learns his ex-wife is remarrying."

A Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
"... wealthy Mississippi plantation owner Big Daddy Pollitt, unaware that he's dying of cancer and disturbed by the strained and childless marriage of his favored alcoholic son Brick and his other son, Gooper, whose wife is about to bring forth another in the endless line of little 'no-neck monsters,'c elebrates his sixty-fifth birthday with his family. Brick's wife, Maggie, beautiful and desirable, tries unsuccessfully to coax her husband away from the bottle, while alternately enticing him and taunting him about his obsession with his deceased best friend and the guilt about their relationship. The seamy tensions reach a climax when the truth of Big Daddy's health is revealed, and he and Brick manage to resolve their differences."

The Changeling
"Beatrice-Joanna is betrothed to one man, but loves another. She hires her father's servant to kill her betrothed, but is then horrified at what she has done."

The Cherry Orchard (Ashcroft) & The Cherry Orchard (Dench) & The Cherry Orchard (Rampling)
"The play concerns an aristocratic Russian woman and her family as they return to the family's estate (which includes a large and well-known cherry orchard) just before it is auctioned to pay the mortgage. While presented with options to save the estate, the family essentially does nothing and the play ends with the estate being sold to the son of a former serf, and the family leaving to the sound of the cherry orchard being cut down. The story presents themes of cultural futility — both the futility of the aristocracy to maintain its status and the futility of the bourgeoisie to find meaning in its newfound materialism. In reflecting the socio-economic forces at work in Russia at the turn of the 20th century, including the rise of the middle class after the abolition of serfdom in the mid-19th century and the sinking of the aristocracy, the play reflects forces at work around the globe in that period."

Come Back, Little Sheba
"Lola Delaney is a vulgar, dumpy, less-than-bright 'shotgun bride' who is married to recovering alcoholic Doc Delaney. Their unhappy marriage is made even more unhappy when a sexy stranger, Marie, rents a room from Lola. Lola is a tiresome creature who never stops talking, especially about the "imminent" return of her runaway dog Sheba. Doc is having enough trouble staying from the bottle and resigning himself to his marriage without the curvaceous Marie arousing his baser instincts."

Come Back to the 5 & Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean
" all-female fan club called the Disciples of James Dean meets at a Woolworths five-and-dime branch in McCarthy, Texas. The group reunites in 1975 to commemorate the twentieth anniversary of Dean's death. (In 1955, the actor was filming Giant in Marfa, not far from where the store stands.)

 Cyrano de Bergerac (Kline) & Cyrano de Bergerac (Donat)
"The classic tale of romance and tragedy tells the touching story of the big-nosed poet and philosopher Cyrano who feeds the handsome but empty-headed Christian the honeyed words to win the love of the beautiful Roxanne."