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Rhinoceros and Other Plays: Includes: The Leader; The Future Is in Eggs; It Takes All Kinds to Make a World
Rhinoceros and Other Plays: Includes
The Leader; The Future Is in Eggs; It Takes All Kinds to Make a World
Paperback      ISBN: 0802130984

In Rhinoceros, as in his earlier plays, Ionesco startles audiences with a world that invariably erupts in explosive laughter and nightmare anxiety. A rhinoceros suddenly appears in a small town, tramping through its peaceful streets. Soon there are two, then three, until the "movement" is universal: a transformation of average citizens into beasts, as they learn to move with the times. Finally, only one man remains. "I'm the last man left, and I'm staying that way until the end. I'm not capitulating "

Rhinoceros is a commentary on the absurdity of the human condition made tolerable only by self-delusion. It shows us the struggle of the individual to maintain integrity and identity alone in a world where all others have succumbed to the "beauty" of brute force, natural energy, and mindlessness.

Includes Rhinoceros, The Leader, The Future Is in Eggs or It Takes All Sorts to Make a World
Anton Chekhov's Plays
Anton Chekhov's Plays
Paperback      ISBN: 0393091635

Critical discussions on Chekhov's dramatic purpose and structure as well as biographical material accompany a new translation of the plays.

Travesties
Travesties
Paperback      ISBN: 0802150896
Travesties was born out of Stoppard's noting that in 1917 three of the twentieth century's most crucial revolutionaries -- James Joyce, the Dadaist founder Tristan Tzara, and Lenin -- were all living in Zurich. Also living in Zurich at this time was a British consula official called Henry Carr, a man acquainted with Joyce through the theater and later through a lawsuit concerning a pair of trousers. Taking Carr as his core, Stoppard spins this historical coincidence into a masterful and riotously funny play, a speculative portrait of what could have been the meeting of these profoundly influential men in a germinal Europe as seen through the lucid, lurid, faulty, and wholy riveting memory of an aging Henry Carr.
Solo!: The Best Monologues of the 80s - Women
Solo!
The Best Monologues of the 80s - Women
Paperback      ISBN: 093683966x

This collection of 75 solo speeches and performance pieces for actors has been selected from the finest material being written today for theatre in America and England. Solo presents dramatic monologues on the cutting edge. All selections include acting notes along with the quick and easy guide to the art of auditioning.

The Barber of Seville and the Marriage of Figaro
The Barber of Seville and the Marriage of Figaro
Paperback      ISBN: 0140441336
The sparkling plays about the scoundrelly valet Figaro, used as the basis of operas by Mozart and Roissini

A highly engaging comedy of intrigue, The Barber of Seville portrays the resourceful Figaro foiling a jealous old man's attempts to keep his beautiful ward from her lover. And The Marriage of Figaro--condemned by Louis XVI for its daring satire of nobility and privilege--depicts a master and servant set in opposition by their desire for the same woman. With characteristic lightness of touch, Beaumarchais--a French courtier, secret agent, libertine, and adventurer--created an audacious farce of disguise and mistaken identity that balances wit, frivolity and seriousness in equal measure.

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Oh! Calcutta!: An Entertainment with Music
Oh! Calcutta!
An Entertainment with Music
Paperback      ISBN: 0936839481

In Oh Calcutta Kenneth Tynan has assembled a group of sketches which deal with almost every conceivable erotic fantasy and sexual reality that Western man has dreamt up or experienced. The distinguished roster of authors includes Samuel Beckett, Edna O'Brien, Jules Feiffer, Leonard Melfi, John Lennon, and, not to be outdone, Kenneth Tynan himself.

Three Comedies
Three Comedies
Paperback      ISBN: 014043013x
Jungle of Cities and Other Plays: Includes: Drums in the Night; Roundheads and Peakheads
Jungle of Cities and Other Plays: Includes
Drums in the Night; Roundheads and Peakheads
Paperback      ISBN: 0802151493
The three plays gathered in this volume are among Bertolt Brecht's most remarkable; the best-known is Jungle of Cities, here translated by the poet Anselm Hollo. Set in Chicago in a climate of rampant capitalism, it is the story of a savage battle waged between two men, whose relationship is at once homosexual and sadomasochistic and whose tightly choreographed hostility is a metaphor for their cultural surround.
After the Fall, a Play
After the Fall, a Play
Paperback      ISBN: 0140481621

Often called the most autobiographical of Arthur Miller's plays, After the Fall probes deeply into the psyche of Quentin, a man who ruthlessly revisits his past to explain the catastrophe that is his life. His journey backward takes him through a troubled upbringing, the bitter death of his mother, and a series of failed relationships.

27 Wagons Full of Cotton and Other Plays
27 Wagons Full of Cotton and Other Plays
Paperback      ISBN: 0811202259

Only one of these plays (The Purification) is written in verse, but in all of them the approach to character is by way of poetic revelation. Whether Williams is writing of derelict roomers in a New Orleans boarding house (The Lady of Larkspur Lotion) or the memories of a venerable traveling salesman (The Last of My Solid Gold Watches) or of delinquent children (This Property is Condemned), his insight into human nature is that of the poet. He can compress the basic meaning of life--its pathos or its tragedy, its bravery or the quality of its love--into one small scene or a few moments of dialogue.

Mr. Williams's views on the role of the little theater in American culture are contained in a stimulating essay, "Something wild...," which serves as an introduction to this collection.