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Theatrical Plays on DVD at the Leavey Library: Titles H

Titles H

Hamlet (Jacobi) &  Hamlet (Burton) & Hamlet (Kline) & Hamlet (Tennant)
"Murder and violence, revenge and intrigue, sex and desire, paranoia and madness. The heady brew of passion and emotion that makes up Shakespeare's tragedy Hamlet has intoxicated audiences of all ages. The story of the Prince of Denmark, who seeks revenge for his father's murder at the hands of his perfidious uncle, delves into fundamental issues about humanity and the nature of being."

Happy Days
"Happy Days tells the story of Winnie, an eternal optimist facing the harsh realities of the world with a smile and impenetrable cheerfulness. Samuel Beckett captures her, in his words, 'laughing wild amid severest woe.' With aching and audacious humor, Beckett probes humankind's search for meaning and questions the relationships that bind one person to another."

Hay Fever
"Hay Fever  written by Noel Coward in 1924 and first produced in 1925... Best described as a cross between high farce and a comedy of manners, the play is set in an English country house in the 1920s, and deals with the four eccentric members of the Bliss family and their outlandish behaviour when they each invite a guest to spend the weekend. The self-centred behaviour of the hosts finally drives their guests to flee while the Blisses are so engaged in a family row that they do not notice their guests' furtive departure."

Heartbreak House
"On the eve of World War I, Ellie Dunn, her father, and her fiancé are invited to one of Hesione Hushabye’s infamous dinner parties. Unfortunately, her fiancé is a scoundrel, her father’s a bumbling prig, and she’s actually in love with Hector, Hesione’s husband. This bold mix of farce and tragedy lampoons British society as it blithely sinks towards disaster."

Hedda Gabler
"Hedda Gabler
is a play first published in 1890 by Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen. The play premiered in 1891 in Germany to negative reviews, but has subsequently gained recognition as a classic of realism, nineteenth century theatre, and world drama. ..The character of Hedda is considered by some critics as one of the great dramatic roles in theatre, the 'female Hamlet,' and some portrayals have been very controversial. Depending on the interpretation, Hedda may be portrayed as an idealistic heroine fighting society, a victim of circumstance, a prototypical feminist, or a manipulative villain."

Henry IV. Parts I & II
" an epic tale of power, treachery and war, exploring the complexity of father-son relationships."

Henry V
"Henry V, Shakespeare's statement on the turbulence of war and the art of peace, tells the story of Henry's campaign to recapture English possessions in France. But the ambitions of the charismatic king are challenged by a host of vivid characters caught up in the real horrors of war. The play, which opened the new Globe Theatre in 1599 with a call to the audience to visualize the action using their 'imaginary forces,' celebrates the power of language to summon into life ships and battlefields, pubs and courts within the 'wooden O' of the stage and beyond. This production of Henry V was filmed at Shakespeare's Globe and features Jamie Parker in a reprise of his role as King Henry V."

Henry VI. Part II
"Continues Shakespeare's story of Henry VI in which Henry marries Lady Margaret of Anjou, but she despises his meekness and takes Suffolk as a lover. The new queen also hates the Yorks and becomes the inspiration of the Lancastrians."

Hogan's Goat
"A television production of the William Alfred play that revolves around the tensions in a marriage of a convent-bred woman to an Irish immigrant whose years of political loyalty have finally made him the prime candidate for mayor of Brooklyn.

"Home, follows the interaction of five patients over the course of a single afternoon in the garden of what we can fairly assume is an English mental hospital."

The Human Voice
"Ingrid Bergman plays a middle-aged woman going through a psychological crisis as a love affair ends. French playwright Jean Cocteau's pioneering one-character drama unfolds in the form of an extended monology-- a one-sided telephone conversation in which the woman tries to win back her lover despite her growing suspicion that he is calling from his young fiancée's home."