Classic Plays from Rhyming Clues

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Can you name the major plays from rhymed couplets describing them?

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An average Joe, whose time is short,
finds Goods and Kindred scant support.
Hieronimo gets driven mad;
I kid you not, this play is sad.
Barabbas kills his only daughter
then betrays the Turks to slaughter.
Watch out when Wagner's boss agrees
to deal with Mephistopheles.
One regicide begets another;
Gertrude is the hero's mother.
The 'fox' pretends he bit the dust;
his ruse elicits greed and lust.
Cordelia merely seems ungrateful;
it's her sisters who are hateful.
Face and Subtle's con is bold,
as they turn lead to comic gold.
The title peeress opts to wed
Antonio; both wind up dead.
Now Annabella's underground;
it's such a shame she slept around.
A rural spouse like Margery
seems ripe for Horner's cuckoldry.
The rakish Willmore settles down,
despite the wayward title noun.
Kate plays a lowly servant's part
to vanquish Charles Marlow's heart.
Lady Sneerwell sure gets taught
a lesson when her lies are caught.
He's quite sincere: to get a wife,
Jack Worthing quits his double life.
CluePlayPlaywright
As Tanner gets pursued by Ann,
he's not a hero, just a man.
Salvation Army funds are gained
from Undershaft; his daughter's pained.
When Christy Mahon said he killed
his dad, the village girls were thrilled.
When Abbie bears her stepson's son,
the Cabots' family tree is done.
Blanche and Stanley, that spells danger;
she should find a kinder stranger.
For Vladimir and Estragon,
their patience keeps them holding on.
Though Abigail and Proctor kissed,
he's not a witch...or Communist.
The Tyrone family knows addiction;
is this drama really fiction?
As Ben and Gus lead lives of crime,
they're far from mute while killing time.
Though Mama's windfall's down a third,
the Youngers' dream is not deferred.
George and Martha's games aren't fun;
Nick and Honey better run.
Oscar's sloppy, there's no doubt.
His roommate's neat; they'll even out.
A roaming troupe of actors joins
two Danish courtiers, flipping coins.
All that salesman Shelly needs
is confidence...and stolen leads.
Young Thomasina's thoughts engage
with entropy in Byron's age.

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