RECOMMENDATION #6: STELLA ADLER ON AMERICAN MASTER PLAYWRIGHTS Edited by Barry Paris


While I had to invest weeks in watching DVDs of the plays of Ibsen, Strindberg, and Chekhov to understand what the heck Stella Adler was saying in Stella Adler on Ibsen, Strindberg, Chekhov, I didn’t have to do much viewing to follow Stella Adler’s analysis of American playwrights: Eugene O’Neill, Clifford Odets, Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller, Edward Albee, Thorton Wilder, William Saroyan, and William Inge. Once again, Stella Adler approaches the plays writing by these great writers from an actor’s point of view. Stella has plenty to say about how certain roles should be prepared for and how the role should be interpreted. Call it an insider’s view of theater. If you’re a fan of great American theater and American playwrights, there’s plenty to learn in this wonderful book! GRADE: A
Table of Contents

EUGENE O’NEILL(1888-1953)
Overview Beyond the Horizon (1920)
Mourning Becomes Electra (1931)
Long Day’s Journey Into the Night (1956)

THORTON WILDER (1897-1975)
Overview The Skin of Our Teeth (1942)

CLIFFORD ODETS (1906-1963)
Waiting for Lefty (1935)
Golden Boy (1937)
Golden Boy: Text Analysis The Country Girl

WILLIAM SAROYAN Overview
Hello Out There!

TENNESSEE WILLIAMS (1911-1983)
Overview The Lady of Larkspur Lotion (1941)
The Glass Menagerie (1945)
Summer and Smoke (1948)

WILLIAM INGE Overview
Come Back, Little Sheba (1950)

ARTHUR MILLER (1915-2005)
Death of a Salesman (1949)
After the Fall (1964)

EDWARD ALBEE (b. 1928)
The Zoo Story (1959)
The Death of Bessie Smith (1959)

6 thoughts on “RECOMMENDATION #6: STELLA ADLER ON AMERICAN MASTER PLAYWRIGHTS Edited by Barry Paris

    1. george Post author

      Like you, Jeff, I’ve seen and/or read most of these plays. But Stella Adler’s commentary really made me appreciate these works a lot more.

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