7 best books like Machinal (Sophie Treadwell): M. Butterfly, The Laramie Project, The Flick, Ruined, Cloud 9, Waiting for Lefty, Far Away

M. Butterfly
AuthorDavid Henry Hwang
Winner of the Tony Award for Best Play, nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and soon to be back on Broadway in a revival directed by the Lion King's Julie Taymor, starring Clive Owen

"A brilliant play of ideas... a visionary work that bridges the history and culture of two worlds."--Frank...
The Laramie Project
AuthorMoisés Kaufman
For a year and a half following the murder of Matthew Shepard, Moisés Kaufman and his Tectonic Theater Project–whose previous play, Gross Indecency, was hailed as a work of unsurpassed originality–conducted hundreds of interviews with the citizens of Laramie, Wyoming, to create this portrait...
The Flick
AuthorAnnie Baker
In a rundown movie theater in central Massachusetts, three underpaid employees sweep up popcorn in the empty aisles and tend to one of the last thirty-five-millimeter projectors in the state. With keen insight and a ceaseless attention to detail, The Flick pays tribute to the power of movies and paints...
AuthorLynn Nottage
Winner of the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Drama

“A powerhouse drama. . . . Lynn Nottage’s beautiful, hideous and unpretentiously important play [is] a shattering, intimate journey into faraway news reports.”—Linda Winer, Newsday

“An intense and gripping new drama . . ....
Cloud 9
AuthorCaryl Churchill
In colonial Africa, a Victorian English patrician represses the natives, his wife, his children, homosexuals—and still finds time for an affair with a widowed neighbor. The same family appears in Act Two 25 years older and back in London, only now it’s 1979.Cloud 9 is about relationships - between...
AuthorClifford Odets
This was an ok play, but not really my cup of tea. This is a Depression-era worker's activist play, inciting the workers to strike for better conditions and so on. The problem I have with a lot of political texts is that they frequently sacrifice art for direct political commentary, which doesn't appeal...
AuthorCaryl Churchill
Far Away opens on a girl questioning her aunt about having seen her uncle hitting people with an iron bar. Several years later, the whole world is at war - including birds and animals. The girl has returned to her aunt to take refuge and begins to describe her journey: "There were piles of bodies and if you...
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