George S. Kaufman & Co.: Broadway Comedies (LOA #152): The Royal Family / Animal Crackers / June Moon / Once in a Lifetime / Of Thee I Sing / You ... Stage Door / The Man Who (Library of America)

by George S. Kaufman

Other authorsLaurence Maslon (Editor)
Hardcover, 2004





Library of America (2004), Edition: First Edition, 911 pages


Collects plays written by George Kaufman in collaboration with other writers, including "Dinner at Eight," "Animal Crackers," "Stage Door," and "You Can't Take It With You."

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LibraryThing member msteketee
been in love with the irascible (from all reports) kaufman since i was an adolescent and discovered the Algonquin Round Table. for impressions of kaufman read moss hart's ACT ONE or listen to (or watch) Elaine Stritch's one woman show AT LIBERTY. for the craft as practiced by the man himself ... read these plays. or better yet .. go to one (they are produced still, all over the world and with frequent broadway revivals). or watch one of the movie treatments.

'the royal family', 'animal crackers', 'june moon' [broadway archives video has recorded a 1970s public television version of this that is priceless], 'once in a lifetime' [recently staged at london's national theatre], 'of thee i sing', 'dinner at eight' [sigh], 'stage door' [more sprawling than the classic screen version .. but check in on kate hepburn and ginger rogers and eve arden and lucille ball and ann miller having fun with this set up as originally crafted by kaufman and edna ferber]; and the perhaps most familiar 'you can't take it with you' and 'the man who came to dinner'.

savor. enjoy. volumes like this one justify this entire 'library of america' series for me.
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LibraryThing member Devil_llama
Some of the better known plays of George S. Kaufman, including some that are still performed today, such as You Can't Take it With You. It's a bit of a mixed bag, with some of the plays being a bit weak in the backbone, but the best of them make up for it. Even the lesser plays are worth reading, if only to see the history of theatre in mid-20th century United States. Most of these plays are not hilariously funny, at least on today's terms, but they have enough solid chuckles to deliver when they are supposed to. The pathos is also present, though sometimes a bit melodramatic for modern tastes. All in all, a good collection.… (more)


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