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Theatrical Plays on DVD at the Leavey Library: Titles V-Z

Titles U-Z

The Vagina Monologues
"Captures all the intimacy, emotion, and laugher of Ensler's performance of her award-winning, one-woman play. Between monologues, documentary-style footage is used to explore the creative impetus behind the play as Ensler conducts interviews with a widely divergent cross-section of women. These ... discussions about a once-taboo topic complement the individual monologues."

"Volpone, a rich Venetian nobleman, with the assistance of his servant, Mosca, has devised a method for increasing his wealth by pretending that he is old and dying. Since he has no heirs, the plan is to encourage speculators to curry his favor by visiting him and bringing gifts in the expectation of being named in his will."

The Vortex
"The Vortex is a play by the English writer and actor Noel Coward. The story focuses on sexual vanity and drug abuse among the upper classes. The play was Coward's first great commercial success. After London productions in 1924–25, the play received a New York production in 1924–26. It has enjoyed several recent revivals."

The Wild Duck
"The Wild Duck  is a tragedy with comic episodes. Henrik Ibsen himself characterized the play as a tragicomedy. It depicts ordinary life realistically instead of romantically and sentimentally, a revolutionary concept in Ibsen's time. Oslo University's Professor Bjørn Hemmer has written: 'More than anyone, he [Ibsen] gave theatrical art a new vitality by bringing into European bourgeois drama an ethical gravity, a psychological depth, and a social significance which the theatre had lacked since the days of Shakespeare. In this manner, Ibsen strongly contributed to giving European drama a vitality and artistic quality comparable to the ancient Greek tragedies.'"

Zalman or The Madness of God
"Set in a post-Stalinist Russian synagogue on the eve of an appearance by a Western acting troupe, the play has been described as a cry of anguish about the collective guilt of 'the silent.'"