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Theatrical Plays on DVD at the Leavey Library: Titles P-R

Titles P-R


Paradise Lost
"Set in 1932 during the depression, the story unfolds in the modest two-family home of Leo and Clara Gordon as misfortune strikes."

The Patriots
"The play focuses on the conflict between the political and social goals of these two brilliant men: Jefferson, the far-sighted, egalitarian-minded democrat; and Hamilton, the short-tempered federalist with limited faith in the common man."

The Philanthropist
"A circle of friends talks of unimportant things, seemingly oblivious to the chaos around them."

The Playboy of the Western World
"Synge's play presented by the Druid Theatre Company of Galway, Ireland. It is an Irish tale of a shy young man who thinks he murdered his father. He is revered as a folk hero for the deed until, in a twist of fate, his father shows up alive."

Present Laughter
is a comic play written by Noël Coward in 1939. The play's title comes from a song in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, which urges carpe diem ("present mirth hath present laughter"), and so the word present in the title should be pronounced as the adjective /ˈprɛzənt/, not the verb /prɨˈzɛnt/. The plot follows a few days in the life of the successful and self-obsessed actor Garry Essendine as he prepares to travel for a touring commitment in Africa. Amid a series of events bordering on farce, Garry has to deal with women who want to seduce him, placate both his long-suffering secretary and his estranged wife, cope with a crazed young playwright, and overcome his fear of his own approaching fortieth birthday and, by implication, his impending mid-life crisis. The story was described by Coward as 'a series of semi-autobiographical pyrotechnics.' "

Private Lives
" a 1930 comedy of manners by Noël Coward. It focuses on a divorced couple who discover that they are honeymooning with their new spouses in the same hotel. After touring the British provinces, the play opened the new Phoenix Theatre in London in 1930, starring Coward, Gertrude Lawrence, Adrianne Allen and Laurence Olivier. A Broadway production followed in 1931, and the play has been revived in the West End and six times on Broadway."

"Pygmalion: A Romance in Five Acts (1913) is a play by George Bernard Shaw. It tells the story of Henry Higgins, a professor of phonetics who makes a bet with his friend Colonel Pickering that he can successfully pass off a Cockney flower girl, Eliza Doolittle, as a refined society lady by teaching her how to speak with an upper class accent and training her in etiquette. In the process, Higgins and Eliza grow close, but she ultimately rejects his domineering ways and declares she will marry Freddy Eynsford-Hill – a young, poor, gentleman."

The Rimers of Eldritch
"This adaptation of Lanford Wilson's play is set in a ghostly town on the verge of disappearing, a place where the only movie house closed 8 years ago. The plot revolves around the sexual assault of a teenage girl and on unrelated murder trial in the town of Eldritch, exploring a community's reaction to rape, lies and murder."

Romeo and Juliet (Patrick Stewart) and Romeo and Juliet (Ellie Kendrick)
"Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy written early in the career of playwright William Shakespeare about two young 'star-cross'd lovers'  whose deaths ultimately unite their feuding families. It was among Shakespeare's most popular plays during his lifetime and, along with Hamlet  and Macbeth, is one of his most frequently performed plays."