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1922 Laurence Olivier makes his first appearance in a school production of "The Taming Of The Shrew" by William Shakespeare.

1924 Eugene O'Neill's play, "All God's Chillun Got Wings," opens starring Paul Robeson at the Provincetown Playhouse. Sean O'Casey's "Juno And The Paycock" opens in Dublin at the Abbey Theatre.

1925 Noel Coward's "Hay Fever" was first performed in London. In a break from his decadent style, this play is considered the "purest" of Coward's plays.

1926 "An Actor Prepares," written by the famous Russian director Konstantin Stanislavsky, is first published in English.

1927 "Showboat," written by Oscar Hammerstein and Jerome Kern, first produced on Broadway.

1928 Bertolt Brecht writes "The Threepenny Opera" with music by Kurt Weil. After its translation into English by Elisabeth Hauptman, it becomes a major commercial success on Broadway.