The Complete Plays

The Complete Plays This Volume Contains Every Play Written By Joe Orton, Who Emerged In The 1960s As The Most Talented Comic Playwright In Recent English History And Was Considered The Direct Successor To Wilde, Shaw, And Coward. This is a re read for me, and to be transparent, a favorite Orton was masterful at satirizing the pious and powerful, and the fact that his work can still make relevant social commentarythan 40 years after its creation, speaks to the man s talent and sadly our inability to transcend our hypocrisies When I first encountered Orton at 21 I was tickled by his irreverence, but now 21 years later I am humbled by his craft The 7 plays in this collection represent his entire portfolio because This is a re read for me, and to be transparent, a favorite Orton was masterful at satirizing the pious and powerful, and the fact that his work can still make relevant social commentarythan 40 years after its creation, speaks to the man s talent and sadly our inability to transcend our hypocrisies When I first encountered Orton at 21 I was tickled by his irreverence, but now 21 years later I am humbled by his craft The 7 plays in this collection represent his entire portfolio because he only worked with popular success for 3 years prior to is murder All of the work shows a sophistication in comedy that never loses a laugh for the sake of pretension, but neither does it simply seek entertainment without a theme It dances the delicate balance great writing seems to enjoy, where the author can invent a world that transports the reader or audience goer to delightful imaginary circumstances, while casting an unblinking eye on the difficult compromises reality demands And Orton did this before he
Joe Orton was Oscar Wilde in leather, and his comedies of bad manners are charged with all the subversion and perversion he could manage in a short three year career before his head was bashed in with a hammer by his lover in 1967 Entertaining Mr Sloane, What the Butle
Nobody stirs a comic, deadly cafenoir like Joe Orton. Joe Orton has it in spades A fantastic writer who wrote amazing and super witty plays Oscar Wilde died and somehow he ended up in the body and brains of a Mr Joe Orton How did that happen Interesting playwright What the Butler Saw was the best, but there were some very interesting ideas and plotting in the other plays. Reading this Complete Plays of Joe Orton was a roller coaster ride, in that it suddenly went from very high to very very low Starting with The Ruffian on the Stair , in which a strange man inexplicably enters to the flat of a housewife and threatens to kill her, to the brilliant Entertaining Mr Sloane , I was transfixed and couldn t wait to readandandand then the anti climax of the other plays The Good and Faithful Servant was ok, but Loot painful and by god it too Reading this Complete Plays of Joe Orton was a roller coaster ride, in that it suddenly went from very high to very very low Starting with The Ruffian on the Stair , in which a strange man inexplicably enters to the flat of a housewife and threatens to kill her, to the brilliant Entertaining Mr Sloane , I was transfixed and couldn t wait to readandandand then the anti climax of the other plays The Good and Faithful Servant was ok, but Loot painful and by god it took me weeks to finish the last play, What The Butler Saw , forcing myself to swallow a peek of a page a day Entertaining
What the Butler Sawabsolutely brilliant Undermines conventional values at every step, yet makes a nod to tradition theatrical tradition, at least in reaching the conclusion In 2013 I read it as part of a search for inspiration, and or ideas to steal, in connection with a play project Maybe not a smart choice for a model, as work on this level is inimitable, but shouldn t one s ideals be ideal The introduction, by John Lahr, gives a valuable summary of Orton s life and work, as one would e What the Butler Sawabsolutely brilliant Undermines conventional values at every step, yet makes a nod to
Orton s plays are filled with such an exuberant joy and excitement that it almost makes up for the fact that most of his plays are essentially the same On their own, his plays are quite good, but his voice is so strong that once you understand where he is coming from they are pretty predictable But they are always a joy and full of life.For me the play that stands out the most is Entertaining Mr Sloane While it fits in with his other pieces, it stands out both because of its structure, its ca Orton s plays are filled with such an exuberant joy and excitement that it almost makes up for the fact that most of
Out of all the plays, the only one that really caught my full attention was Loot Which sounds awful and somewhat cliche, but i m sure if i saw these performed I might feel differently, reading them on paper is different from seeing it on stage I never really enjoy reading plays, for the most part, because it s like i m only reading the dialogue and therefore only getting part of the overall experience It s like watching films without color or sound That bei
Joe Orton rivals Oscar Wilde in his ability to pack quippy quotes into highly stylized dialogue but there s also a shocking viciousness especially in his last play What the Butler Saw that can come into play and which foreshadows Neil LaBute Or is it a weirdness that presages David Lynch At his best Entertaining Mr Sloane, Loot, The Ruffian on the Stairs he s as subversively funny as anything you ll ever find onstage At his worst The Erpingham Camp , he s fascinating Joe Orton rivals Oscar Wilde in his ability to pack quippy quotes into highly stylized dialogue but there s also a shocking viciousness especially in his last play What the Butler Saw that can come into play and which foreshadows Neil LaBute Or is it a weirdness that presages David Lynch At his best Entertaining Mr Sloane, Loot, The Ruffian on the Stairs he s as subversively funny a

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  • Paperback
  • 448 pages
  • The Complete Plays
  • Joe Orton
  • English
  • 24 October 2017
  • 0802132154