Saturday, January 03, 2009

Saturday Word Play- Dividing and Conquering Playwrights

One of my reading goals this year is to read more plays. Asides from Shakespeare, I totally neglected the form in 2008. On that note, I've listed some popular plays below. Can you tell me the playwright (last name only)?

Next to the play title, I have provided some clues. Figure these out, combine the letters of your answer, and unscramble them to discover the playwright. For instance, if the clue read:

Romeo and Juliet:
- corpse-mobile
- talk

You'd figure out that a corpse-mobile is a hearse, talk is speak, combine all the letters to form hearsespeak and unscramble them to get Shakespeare. Got it?

As always, feel free to do all ten at home but only answer one in the comment section. That way, ten people will be able to play along.

1. Death of a Salesman
- Edge of a glass
- A wing of a building

2. Faust
- Pig
- Golf peg

3. The Rez Sisters
- How come?
- witch
- me

4. A Doll's House
- exist
- go against God's will

5. Pygmalion
- owns (in the third person)
- recent presidential movie

6. The Birthday Party
- element Sn
- for each

7. Waiting For Godot
- Miss Davis ("All the boys think she's a spy.")
- Underwear initials

8. Cyrano de Bergerac
- Decay
- Aykroyd, Brown, and Castellaneta

9. A Streetcar Named Desire
- Tiny
- Nintendo's handheld pointing device

10. Lost in Yonkers
- "Name" in French
- "Yes" in Spanish


Anonymous said...

1. Death of a Salesman:
- Edge of Glass ~ rim
- A wing of a building ~ ell

rimell = Miller

** You got me back John, now I'll have a certain Kim Carnes song playing in my head all day! **

Barbara Bruederlin said...

4. A Doll's House
- exist = be
- go against God's will = sin

= Ibsen

That was fun, and made me feel so smart, which happens all too rarely these days.

Kate said...

3. The Rez Sisters
- How come?: WHY
- witch: HAG
- me: I

HIGHWAY (as in Tomson)

I had a chance to see this play on the stage recently - brilliantly done.

Anonymous said...

6. The Birthday Party
- element Sn - tin
- for each - per

tinper = Pinter

(Mr. Harold Pinter 1930-2008)

John Mutford said...

Wanda: Surprisingly you didn't pick the one with that clue. (Miller was correct by the way. One of four plays on this list that I've read.)

Barbara: Ibsen is correct. Did you read or see it? It's great.

Kate: Tomson Highway is correct. I haven't read nor seen it, but I'd love to.

April: Pinter is correct. I auditioned for a role in one of his plays a couple years back, but didn't get the part. Good play anyhow!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I have seen A Doll's House but it was about 200 years ago and I don't remember much about it.