March 8, 2011

The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde

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This play, written by Oscar Wilde in 1895, is a witty comedy that takes place in England. John Worthing (Jack) is a gentleman who owns a house in the country. He is the guardian of a young girl, Cecily Cardew. Jack likes to spend time in town, so he creates a fake younger brother, Ernest. “Ernest” is constantly getting into trouble, or so Jack tells everyone. He uses this excuse to go into the city, and goes by the name of Ernest Worthing when he is there. Algernon Moncrieff is “Ernest” Worthing’s good friend. He has a young cousin, Gwendolen Fairfax, who Ernest wants to marry. Algernon learns of Jack’s disguise, and goes into the country to visit Cecily. Algernon pretends to be Jack’s younger brother (Ernest), and ends up falling in love with Cecily. Both Gwendolen and Cecily think they are marrying Ernest Worthing, without realizing there is no such person. The play is full of misinterpretations and irony. Witty dialog and amusing, over the top characters make this play an excellent read.

– Molly D., Class of 2014

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January 13, 2011

Lost in Yonkers by Neil Simon

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This Pulitzer Prize-winning play takes place in New York City, 1942. Jay and Arty are being forced to stay with their cold, unforgiving grandmother after their mother dies. Eddie, their father, is in debt and needs a job, so he goes south to sell scrap metal for the war. For the boys, this means 10 long, difficult months with Grandma, who immigrated to America from Germany. Her cruelty and indifference has damaged her own children. The boys’ father has no self esteem, his brother Louie is a thief, their sister Bella has the mind of a child and Gertrude has a speech issue. Grandma, who’s foot was crushed when she was a child, has a heart of iron. She has been hurt many times in life, and avoids more pain by hardening her heart against the world. Jay and Arty must learn to survive without their parents in a house devoid of love. This is an excellent play, with a mix of both joy and sadness.

Molly, Class of 2014

The WHS Library owns Lost in Yonkers.

November 18, 2010

Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan

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Will Grayson, Will Grayson is a story of how the two lives of teenage boys who happen to have the same name intertwine when they meet in a place that neither of them would normally go. I recently reread it, and realized that I had forgot how much I loved it. The two authors, John Green and David Levithan, work together fantastically, creating to incredibly different but somehow similar boys. What I think is just so great is that this book isn’t just about romantic relationships, the majority of it is friendships; the power of them, and the love that we feel for our closest friends, how that is a love and sense of loyalty that overpowers just about everything. Another thing that was great is the enormous sense of humor that both authors use in this book, they mesh together so well. I recommend this to pretty much anybody, but especially teenagers, because teenagers really could relate better than any other age group.

Alison, Class of 2011

The WHS Library owns Will Grayson, Will Grayson in print and audio.

January 19, 2010

Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller

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Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller is a great play. The main character, Willy Loman, is getting more and more stressed out by his job and his family. He is disappointed in how his son turned out as an adult. Biff, Willy’s son, tries to impress his father but with no luck.
I have read two plays by Arthur Miller (All My Sons and Death of a Salesman). I think Death of a Salesman was my favorite, because of the great characters and interesting plot. I thought it really showed how the American dream can go very wrong.

Cam, Class of 2012

Macbeth by William Shakespeare

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Macbeth is one of William Shakespeare’s most popular and best plays.  It is about a power-hungry man named Macbeth that kills a well-loved king to take his title.

When Macbeth gets nervous about people finding out he begins to kill anyone who might know.  He can trust no one and best friends become enemies.  He gets too deep in, must keep killing, and he can’t turn back.

When an apparition tells Macbeth that no man born of woman can kill him, he gets boastful and believes that nothing can stop him.  He sends out to murderers to kill friends and innocent families, and when people start to think that Macbeth killed King Duncan they go to kill Macbeth. HE believes that he is unstoppable until the future that the witches and apparitions begin to unfold.

There are murders, witches, and plenty of twists in every act of the play.Macbeth was an exciting and well-written play that was written by William Shakespeare so it is obviously a great read.

Dylan, Class of 2012