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Celebrate National Theater Day With 7 Amazing Plays

As you may have seen all over your Instagram feed, today is National Theater Day! To celebrate all things theatrical, we’ve got seven great plays that definitely deserve a spot on your TBR (cast)list.

1. A street Car named desire 

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This play is the instant classic written by Tennessee Williams. It’s the story of how Blanche DuBois, the once beautiful, southern belle, is pushed over the edge by her brother-in law Stanley Kowalski. It’s not a story for the faint of heart, but it is very important in the canon of American theater.

2. Who’s Afraid of VIRGINIA Woolf? 

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Another play important in the American canon is Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? The play takes you into the dysfunctional lives of George and Martha. They are hosting a party for a new history professor and his wife. George and Martha use their new “play things” to stir up drama and expose the horrors of not only their own lives, but of the couple who just wanted to have a nice evening.

 

3. A raisin in the sun 

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Lorraine Hansberry’s classic A Raisin in the Sun is another book that all who love both great writing and great theater should read. The story is a bit of a tragic one, following an African-American working class family hoping to get out of the South-Side of Chicago. It gives a look into the aspirations and hopes, but also what can hold back a black family in the mid-20th century.

4. Medea 

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Medea is a Greek myth by Euripides, who’s english translations are done by Gilbert Murray. The myth is about a proud Amazonian women who’s left by her husband Jason. Jason leaves her to marry the kings daughter, so he himself can one day hold the throne. The short play is about Medea’s revenge, and execution of said revenge on her ex-husband.

5. Angels in America 

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Tony Kushner’s Angels in America shows an insight into the horrors of the AIDS crisis in the 1980s. It follows the stories of three groups; a proud gay man with AIDS and the impact it has on him and his lover, the closeted Roy Cohen who has “liver cancer” (or so he says), based on the real-life figure, and a man in an unhappy marriage who’s slowly coming to terms with his sexuality.

6. The curious incident of the Dog in the night-Time 

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This modern play by Mark Haddon is on its way to becoming a classic for theater lovers. It tells the story of 15-year old Christopher Boone has Asperger’s Syndrome. Although living a very sheltered life, the boy is a whiz with numbers and mysteries. He observes his neighbor’s dog being killed one night, and that starts his journey to not only finding who killed the dog, but finding himself along the way.

 

7. Our town 

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Thornton Wilder’s Our Town is a glimpse into what living in a small town in America was like during the early 20th-century. The play, set in Grover’s Conner, New Hampshire, is split into three acts with the first act focusing on the daily happenings of the town, the second on love and marriage, and the third is the most grim, discussing death.

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Never Fear, Send A Card Day is Here!

Valentine’s Day is coming up soon, and many of us, sadly, do not have a Valentine. Many of our friends will experience loneliness and feel underappreciated, not just on Valentine’s Day, but throughout the year without anyone ever knowing. It’s so important that we show our love to the friends that we haven’t spoken to in a while or even the ones we saw less than 24 hours ago, that they haven’t been forgotten.

 

What is National Send A Card to A Friend Day?

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Over the years it can become hard to stay in touch with all our friends. Life gets in the way, and we are unable to keep up with everyone in our friend groups. Sending a card to a friend is a great way to let them know that you are thinking about them.

 

What Are the Rules?

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Celebrating is easy. Just take some time out of your day to write a note to your friends to let them know that you care about them, even if you think they know. “A small gesture that we may not think makes any difference could actually make our friends day.”

 

There is no wrong way to go about doing this. You can send a card through the mail or send an e-card if you don’t have time to go out. Or you can even make a card. No one will judge you on your choices. It is all about the sentiment.

Remember to post your cards on your social media accounts, using #SendACardToAFriendDay, to help spread the word and uplift spirits one by one.

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It’s National Carrot Cake Day! You’ll Love These Recipes

Sometimes when you’re reading, you need a snack and today is National Carrot Cake Day! Carrots = good eyesight = more reading. I’m taking a brief interlude from just the books to show you five awesome carrot cake recipes that are sure to make all of your mouths water. If you’d like some more recipes, here is a book that lists eight awesome recipes. Keep an eye out for a video of a book reading and book links down below, all in the spirit of Carrot Cake Day!

 

 

 

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1. gimme some oven recipe

This recipe comes from Ali Martin and is fairly easy to make, requiring only eight ingredients to bake the cake and five ingredients for the cream cheese frosting. The good thing about this recipe is that it requires less ingredients to bake, and is pretty straightforward with its steps. Ali also includes tips for baking the cake.

 

 

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To get more in the spirit of National Carrot Cake Day, here is a video of Wanda Sykes reading The Case of the Missing Carrot Cake.

 

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2. muy bueno cookbook recipe

This recipe comes from a Mexican woman, Yvette, whose mother has a slightly different twist to the carrot cake recipe.  What makes this recipe different from the others is that Yvette uses crushed pineapples along with the juice to add sweetness to the cake, and cinnamon and nutmeg to add a nice spice to it.

 

 

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3. NY Times cooking recipe

This recipe comes from Dorie Greenspan, and while similar to the first recipe I listed, it includes using walnuts or pecans in the recipe as well as raisins or dried cranberries.  The cream cheese frosting also uses different ingredients like lemon juice or the option of adding shredded coconut (for those coconut lovers!).

 

 

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If you’re more interested in reading, check out this book centered around a carrot cake theme!

 

4. Sally’s baking addiction recipe

What makes this recipe stand out is that it uses brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg, in addition to the carrots.  The ginger and brown sugar for this recipe adds zing and sweetness that separates it from the other recipes on this list.  Like number one on this list, Sally also includes tips for baking this cake.

 

 

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If you’re looking for another book to read to your kids, this one has a nice story centered around it.  It even has a recipe of it at the end!

 

5. once upon a chef recipe

This recipe comes from Jenn Segal, and she says her carrot cake is lighter with a finer texture than other cakes. To get this, she finely chops the carrots in a food processor rather than grating them. Her recipe uses currants and nuts as well. The recipe also has nice pictures as steps for those who are visual learners.

 

 

While all the recipes are for carrot cake, they all have their differences which are sure to appeal to all the different bakers out there.  Happy baking!

 

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