What are the best biographical plays and musicals?

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    #1The Pillowman

    The Pillowman

    The Pillowman is a drama play written by Martin McDonagh which tells the story of an unnamed writer who is interrogated about the content of his short stories. 


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    Alice Walsh
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "This was honestly just OK - Even if you've never seen this play, reviews and publicity have already told you that Katurian is a frustrated amateur writer who is being questioned by a pair of police who don't answer to anyone. Its very well written, just hard to follow since it starts off slow."
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    #2Richard II

    Richard II
    This is the Oxford School Shakespeare Series version of the Richard II. This version is specially intended for 14 to 16 years old students because it's a fully annotated and explained to understand the background of England at the time of Shakespeare. 

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    Ethan Howell
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "It is Shakespeare, enough said. Geared for high school students who likes literature as it tell the story of an England king at that time"
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    #3Henry V

    Henry V
    Henry V is the most famous "war play" by Shakespeare. This version includes the storied victory of the English royal troops against the Franch in the battle of Agincourt. It also contains explanations, reading guide for Shakespeare's English, among other interesting content for scholars. 

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    Peter Newman
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "Hadn't read Shakespeare since high school, but this might be one of the least tedious, but what makes this version really good is it provides notes throughout the play, an intro to how to read Shakespeare and other things like a prologue from a scholar interpreting the text from a modern perspective. The only negative about this version is I heard the Kindle version has a bunch of errors in it so be careful purchasing that."
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    #4Inherit the Wind

    Inherit the Wind
    This books is a play on the Scopes Monkey Trial, a famous 1925 trial where a regular Tennessee teacher broke the law by teaching the evolution theory, a case that put the whole freedom system in America at stake. 

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    Carolyn Gutierrez
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "This is a great read because of its important historical theme. It's helpful for understand why the United States is the way it is now. It was also very interesting the whole way through."
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    #5The Crucible

    The Crucible

    The Crucible: A Play in Four Acts by Arthur Miller tells the story of Abigail Williams, who was wrongfully charged with witchcraft in 17th century Salem. The story was inspired by the persecution of communists in the US during the McCarthy era.


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    Sean Hopkins
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "Very dope in my opinion."
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    #6Antony and Cleopatra

    Antony and Cleopatra
    Antony and Cleopatra is a historical fiction book written by William Shakespeare first published in 1606. This book contains the complete text of Antony and Cleopatra. 

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    Emily Gilbert
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "I had always heard the Folger's edition of Shakespeare's plays was top-notch and this was my first. The notes make it easy to read and highlight the famous lines in the play. The plot is an important one in history and the romance between Antony and Cleopatra is beautifully captured."
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    #7Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl

    Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl
    Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl was written by Anne Frank, published from the diary she kept when she and her family were in hiding from the Nazis in the then German-occupied Netherlands.

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    Craig Jones
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "This is neither a play or musical. It is a good book though."
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    Lysistrata is an ancient comedy play written by Aristophanes and translated by Sarah Ruden. The story revolves around one woman who forced other Greek women to withhold sex from their husbands in an effort to stop the Peloponnesian war.


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    Paul Herrera
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "Lysistrata is an ancient comedy play written by Aristophanes and translated by Sarah Ruden. The story revolves around one woman who forced other Greek women to withhold sex from their husbands in an effort to stop the Peloponnesian war.a great play."
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    #9The Miracle Worker

    The Miracle Worker

    The Miracle Worker is a classic play written by William Gibson which centers on 12-year-old Helen Keller who is born deaf, blind and mute leading her to loathe anyone who tried to help her. 


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    Ronald Meyer
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "The Miracle Worker is a biographical play that boldly portrays the moral of overcoming obstacles no matter how steep they are. It's based on a true story and is a wonderful one, easy to read, and touching to the heart. Reading and learning about Helen Keller is a true inspiration and motivational story for all human beings."
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    #10The Laramie Project

    The Laramie Project

    The Laramie Project is a non-fiction drama play written by Moisés Kaufman which centers on the people of Laramie after a young gay man has become a national symbol following his savage murder. 


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    Henry Roberts
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "I bought this to read prior to watching the DVD of the Laramie Project, to compare, and was glad I did. It carry's as much if not more of the drama and weightiness of the subject matter, the killing of Matthew Shepard in 1998. An easy and quick read, it helped me identify the characters later on the DVD, and though in stage format, doesn't read like a novel. I finished it in one afternoon, and if this horrific incident still concerns you, this is a good way to understand how it affected so many in a sparsly populated "city" in a huge mostly unpopulated state. Hate knows no boundaries, but how it affected Laramie, is well done with an unusual idea. It took great courage to do this project, and should be more widely read, if not required reading, for schools."


Best What are the best biographical plays and musicals
1The PillowmanBooks 37 Paid
2Richard IIBooks 34 Paid
3Henry VBooks 32 Paid
4Inherit the WindBooks 31 Paid
5The CrucibleBooks 28 Paid
6Antony and CleopatraBooks 27 Paid
7Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young GirlBooks 26 Paid
8LysistrataBooks 24 Paid
9The Miracle WorkerBooks 23 Paid
10The Laramie ProjectBooks 21 Paid

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