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Famous Playwrights Summed Up in a Single Stage Direction

If there’s one thing we’ve learned, it’s that everything in the world can be summed up in a single solitary quip, including classic authors, literary genres, and Harry Potter. But playwrights? Playwrights are a different beast entirely. They have to put together entire scripts, with plot and dialogue and names and stuff. That’s why today I’ll be summing them up not in sentences, as is customary, but in stage directions.

I’ll even be doing the ancient Greeks (who didn’t really use stage directions so we just kind of had to guess what was going on) and Eugene O’Neill (who not only used stage directions but used them the way I use social apps to avoid real-life problems, which is to say passionately and often).