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The Best Stage Monologues For Men

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List Rulesote up the monologues from plays that are the best monologues spoken by men to memorize for auditions and classes.

This list of the best male monologues has something for every actor looking to ace their audition or impress their acting class. There is a selection of short monologues from plays, some that can be performed in under 30 seconds. There are also longer monologues, that let an actor breathe a bit and show off their range.

There are a few famous male monologues listed below, like Jacques' “All the world’s a stage” speech from As You Like It. If you're looking for something totally original, there are a few fairly obscure, but equally impressive selections to choose from, like Richard’s timely speech from the play America’s Favorite Newscaster.

Check out the best male monologues from classic plays like Our Town, Death of a Salesman, and Doubt. The most difficult part may be selecting which monologue is perfect for you.

Make your voice heard both on and off the stage. Vote up your favorite male stage monologues.

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  • Brigadoon - Jeff Douglas
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    Well, kiddies, that's what happened to Tommy today. But, what about his friend Jeff? Well, he had fun too. Tonight he went running off through the woods after some highland hot-head who was gonna make all the people disappear by crossing the wrong street.

    Well after a while, Jeff thought he saw a bird perched low in a tree, and he shot at it. Something fell to the ground. He rushed over to it, and whaddya think it was? It was hot-head Harry. Yessir, the boy Dermish himself, lying there looking all dead....Now to kill somebody somewhere else in the world would've been an awful thing, but you see, Harry was a citizen of the little town that wasn't there, and he probably never lived in the first place.

    Chances are there weren't even any woods. In fact the whole day probably never even happened, because you see, this is a fairy tale... (angry) Dream stuff, boy, all made up outta broomsticks and wishing wells! It's either that or a boot camp for lunatics, I don't know what goes on around here.

    All I know is that whatever it is, it's got nothing to do with me and nothing to do with you! And anything that happens to either of us just doesn't count! How can it when you don't understand it? And you wanna give up your family, your friends, your whole life for this? It's not even worth arguing about. Now go say goodbye to the little people and thank them for the picnic!...You're confused aren't ya boy? You know, if you believed as much as you think you do, you wouldn't be.

    • Authors / Creators: Frederic Loewe , Alan Jay Lerner
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    Glengarry Glen Ross - Ricky

    Glengarry Glen Ross - Ricky
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    As*hole...Guy couldn't find his f*ckin' couch in the living room...Ah, Christ... what a day, what a day...I haven't even had a cup of coffee...Jagoff John opens his mouth he blows my Cadillac... (sighs) I swear...it's not a world of men... it's not a world of men, Machine... it's a world of clock watchers, bureaucrats, officeholders...what it is, it's a f*cked-up world...there's no adventure to it.  

    Dying breed. Yes it is. We are the members of a dying breed. That's...that's...that's why we have to stick together. Shel: I want to talk to you.

    I've wanted to talk to you for some time. For a long time, actually. I said, 'The Machine, there's a man I would work with. There's a man...' You know? I never said a thing. I should have, don't know why I didn't. And that sh*t you were slinging on my guy today was so good...it...it was, and, excuse me, 'cause it isn't even my place to say it. It was admirable...it was the old stuff. Hey, I've been on a hot streak, so what? There's things that I could learn from you. You eat today?

     

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    • Authors / Creators: David Mamet
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  • My Fair Lady - Henry Higgins
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    My Fair Lady - Henry Higgins

    Hmmm. Eliza, you are to stay here for the next six months learning how to speak beautifully, like a lady in a florist shop. If you're good and do whatever you are told, you shall sleep in a proper bedroom, have lots to eat, and money to buy chocolates and take rides in taxis. But if you are naughty and idle you shall sleep in the back kitchen amongst the black beetles, and be walloped by Mrs. Pearce with a broomstick.

    At the end of six months you shall be taken to Buckingham Palace in a carriage, beautifully dressed. If the King finds out that you are not a lady, the police will take you to the Tower of London, where your head will be cut off as a warning to other presumptuous flower girls.

    But if you are not found out, you shall have a present of seven-and-six to start life with as a lady in a shop. If you refuse this offer you will be a most ungrateful wicked girl; and the angels will weep for you.

    Now are you satisfied, Pickering?

    • Authors / Creators: Frederic Loewe , Alan Jay Lerner
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    Our Town - George Gibbs

    Our Town - George Gibbs
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    I’m celebrating because I’ve got a friend who tells me all the things that ought to be told me. I’m glad you spoke to me like you did. But you’ll see. I’m going to change. And Emily, I want to ask you a favor. Emily, if I go away to State Agricultural College next year, will you write me a letter?

    The day wouldn’t come when I wouldn’t want to know everything about our town. Y’ know, Emily, whenever I meet a farmer I ask him if he thinks it’s important to go to Agricultural School to be a good farmer. And some of them say it’s even a waste of time. And like you say, being gone all that time - in other places, and meeting other people. I guess new people probably aren’t any better than old ones.

    Emily - I feel that you’re as good a friend as I’ve got. I don’t need to go and meet the people in other towns. Emily, I’m going to make up my mind right now - I won’t go. I’ll tell Pa about it tonight.

     

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    • Authors / Creators: Thornton Wilder
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