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Plays From the Contemporary American Theater

Plays From the Contemporary American Theater Includes eight full length award winning plays Streamers by David RabeMarco Polo Sings a Solo by John GuareWings by Arthur KopitSister Mary Ignatius Explains It All for You by Christopher DurangCrime

  • Title: Plays From the Contemporary American Theater
  • Author: Brooks McNamara
  • ISBN: 9780451528377
  • Page: 339
  • Format: Paperback
  • Includes eight full length, award winning plays Streamers by David RabeMarco Polo Sings a Solo by John GuareWings by Arthur KopitSister Mary Ignatius Explains It All for You by Christopher DurangCrimes of the Heart by Beth HenleyThe Dining Room by A.R GurneyPainting Churches by Tina HoweMa Rainey s Black Bottom by August Wilson

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    1. Another 20 cent library special that took me all Winter to plow through. With possibly one or two exceptions, this is a tragically dull set of plays, dating from the mid-'70s through the mid-'80s, back when dramturgs forgot that narrative was essential to sustaining interest in a two-act play. Seven of the eight selections here are treasures for actors and directors, who can chew heartily on the slice-of-life histrionics and (mostly) realistic dialogue. The playgoer is largely intended to absorb [...]

    2. 8 plays of wildly varying quality written between the mid 70s and early 80s. My favorite was Durang's "Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You". I'd never read Durang before and I'll seek out more. Bitterly funny. I also enjoyed the August Wilson (again my first) "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" and "Crimes of the Heart". Kopit's "Wings" is a very experimental piece that tries to bring across the experience of having a stroke. I enjoyed directing it in my mind. :)I absolutely hated the John Guare [...]

    3. I'm not sue why so many people have given this collection of short plays low marks. I quite enjoyed the variety. Maybe it's because I'm an actress, and my love for theatre is strong. My favorite play in this collection is "Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All for You." It is 480 pages, which isn't a lot when you think about the content. I think some people are forgetting that this is a collection if many different stories.

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