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The Rimers Of Eldritch

Author : Lanford Wilson
ISBN : 0374521689
Genre : Drama
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"Mr. Wilson handles the collage technique so beautifully that we leave convinced no other method would have served half so well. This reviewer liked Rimers for its fluidity, for its language, for its almost musical sense of pattern."--The New York Times The mystery is, who he is, who murdered him and what were the circumstances? And to solve it, Wilson looks at the outsides and insides of his tiny, Middle Western town. He looks at a middle-aging woman who falls in love with the young man who comes to work in her café. He looks at a coarse, nasty woman mistreating her senile mother, who is obsessed with visions of Eldritch being evil and headed for blood-spilling. He looks at a tender relationship between a young man a dreamy, crippled girl. But Wilson sees far more than this. He is grasping the very fabric of Bible Belt America, with its catchword morality (“virgin,” “God-fearing”) and its capability for the vicious. He senses the rhythm of its life and the cruelty it can impose. He understands the speech patterns of its loveless gossips, its sex-hungry boys, its compassionless preachers, its car-conscious blondes. In the end his portrait of Eldritch is full length, and the truth of its revelations will be pondered long after the stage lights have dimmed and the play has ended.
Category: Drama

Contemporary American Playwrights

Author : Christopher Bigsby
ISBN : 0521668077
Genre : Art
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A leading writer on American theatre explores the works and influences of ten contemporary American playwrights.
Category: Art

Discovery And Invention

Author : Anne Dean
ISBN : 0838635482
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Spanning three decades, Lanford Wilson's urban plays constitute a neat summation of his achievements as a dramatist. In Discovery and Invention, Anne M. Dean demonstrates that they also provide superb examples of his ability to extricate every ounce of poetry from ordinary language. From the youthful experimentation dominating every aspect of Balm in Gilead (1964), to the contrast of the almost traditionally conceived and lyrical The Hot l Baltimore (1973) and, finally, to the sheer linguistic versatility of Burn This (1987), Wilson has proven himself to be a challenging and adaptable dramatist whose works perfectly match the spirit of the times. Wilson is, above all, an American playwright; his work bestrides the United States, reflections of his experiences echoing throughout plays variously set in remote farming communities, small towns, and big cities. Wherever he has settled, Wilson has utilized the landscape as a dramatic canvas, recreating the language he has heard there into a peculiarly translucent form of dramatic poetry, as well as finding ways of peopling his plays with imaginatively conceived composites of his friends and acquaintances. The diversity of his life experience has enhanced his appreciation of humanity in all its forms; people are important to Wilson, and he invariably strives to tell their story with honesty and humor. Constant throughout his drama, both rural and urban, is his fundamental humanity and compassion for those he dramatizes. An analysis of Wilson's work reveals several recurring themes: the importance of individuality and personal history, the necessity to preserve the past and learn from it and, especially, the importance of familial support - surrogate or otherwise. These themes recur throughout Wilson's drama, but are nowhere more importantly demonstrated than in the three urban plays considered in this volume. Above all, Wilson wants to tell the truth; for him, reality is almost - but not quite - enough. By creating his drama out of his own rich life experiences, he finds little need to exaggerate. Eugene Ionesco once observed that one discovers more than one invents, and that invention is really discovery or rediscovery. Wilson has displayed a tendency to adhere to this concept: all playwrights rely upon their own experiences to some extent, but for Wilson this strategy is more than an aid to creativity; it is the raison d'etre for his drama. Wilson combines a subtle artistry with the pragmatics of everyday life and creates resonant and exciting theatre, incidentally illustrating the proficiency with which he is able to "lift ordinary speech and dance it just a little" to create language that is at once as vital as real speech and as complex as dense verse.
Category: Literary Criticism

My First Five Husbands And The Ones Who Got Away

Author : Rue McClanahan
ISBN : 0767927796
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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“This book is about men I have known, in both the Platonic and Biblical senses. Some I knew only slightly, some quite well. Some I’ll love always, some I no longer like very much, and there are a few I’d like to strip naked, tie to a Maypole, smear with sweet syrup near a beehive, then stand back and watch. I’ll describe a goodly number of these hot dudes—and duds—keeping the nicest man for last because—if for nothing else—I’d like to leave you, dear reader, with a good taste in your mouth, and Hubbies #3 and #4 might make you want to rush to gargle. There were times I truly wondered, Lord, will I EVER get it right? Thank God I thrive on variety.” --From My First Five Husbands . . . And the Ones Who Got Away People always ask me if I'm like Blanche. And I say, 'Well, Blanche was an oversexed, self-involved, man-crazy, vain Southern Belle from Atlanta -- and I'm not from Atlanta!’” -- Rue McClanahan Who can forget Rue McClanahan as the sexy Southern vixen, Blanche Devereaux, on the Emmy-award winning series The Golden Girls? With her breezy sex appeal and sharp comedic timing, Rue infused her character with a sassy joie de vivre that captured the hearts of women everywhere. Now, the actress behind the magic reveals her life in and out of the spotlight in a laugh-out-loud funny memoir about love, marriage, men, and getting older that is every bit as colorful as the characters she plays. Raised in small-town Oklahoma in a house “thirteen telephone poles past the standpipe north of town,” Rue developed her two great passions—theater and men—at an early age. She arrived in New York City in 1957 with two-weeks worth of money in her pocket, hustled her way into a class with the legendary Uta Hagen, and began working her way up in the acting world against the vibrant, free-spirited backdrop of the sixties. That’s when she met and married Husband #1—a handsome rogue of an aspiring actor who quickly left her with a young son. Still, she was determined to make it on the stage and screen—and in the years that followed, rose to the top of the entertainment world with a host of adventures (and husbands) along the way. From her roles on Broadway opposite Dustin Hoffman and Brad Davis, to her first television appearances on Maude and All in the Family, to the Golden Girls era and beyond, My First Five Husbands is the irresistible story of one woman’s quest to find herself. Now happily married to her soul mate, Husband #6, Rue is proof that many things can and do get better with age—and that, if she keeps her wits about her, even a small-town girl can make it big. Told with Rue’s saucy wit and Southern charm, My First Five husbands is a deliciously entertaining take on life and love from an irrepressible star.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Gay Lesbian Literature

Author : Wayne R. Dynes
ISBN : UOM:49015002915065
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Biographical, bibliographical, and critical information on more than four hundred authors who have figured prominently in gay and lesbian literature and culture since 1900.
Category: Literary Criticism

Lanford Wilson

Author : Gene Austin Barnett
ISBN : UOM:39015012167337
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Provides in-depth analysis of the life, works, career, and critical importance of Lanford Wilson.
Category: Literary Criticism

The Drama Scholars Index To Plays And Filmscripts

Author : Gordon Samples
ISBN : PSU:000029994144
Genre : Drama
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...The book can be a goldmine. --James Leverett, Theatre Communications ...With this second volume, the Drama Scholars' Index's indispensability is greatly increased. --Richard J. Kelly, ARBA
Category: Drama

The Off Off Broadway Book

Author : Albert Poland
ISBN : UCAL:B4948703
Genre : American drama
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Category: American drama

Critical Survey Of Drama Giangiorgio Trissino Arnold Zweig Essays

Author : Carl Edmund Rollyson
ISBN : 1587651092
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Combines, updates, and expands two earlier Salem Press reference sets: Critical survey of drama, Rev. ed., English language series, published in 1994, and Critical survey of drama, Foreign language series, published in 1986. This new 8 vol. set contains 6
Category: Literary Criticism

Masterplots Ii

Author : Frank Northen Magill
ISBN : 0893564958
Genre : Drama
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Category: Drama

Magill S Survey Of American Literature

Author : Frank Northen Magill
ISBN : PSU:000026550169
Genre : Literary Criticism
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This set presents 190+ American writers for the 17th to the late 20th century.
Category: Literary Criticism

Readers Theatre Handbook

Author : Leslie Irene Coger
ISBN : UOM:39015021970531
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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Examines the merits of Readers Theatre as an approach to literary study and guides the student in preparing and staging these readings
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Masterplots Ii Lie Ser

Author : Christian Hollis Moe
ISBN : 158765119X
Genre : Literary Collections
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Contains over 70 new plays never before covered in a Masterplots series, from previously missed classics to contemporary award winners. Each article lists principal characters, describes the play, and analyzes themes and meanings, dramatic devices, and critical content.
Category: Literary Collections

Contemporary Authors

Author : Pamela Dear
ISBN : 0787646059
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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In response to the escalating need for up-to-date information on writers, Contemporary Authors® New Revision Series brings researchers the most recent data on the world's most-popular authors. These exciting and unique author profiles are essential to your holdings because sketches are entirely revised and up-to-date, and completely replace the original Contemporary Authors® entries. For your convenience, a soft-cover cumulative index is sent biannually.While Gale strives to replicate print content, some content may not be available due to rights restrictions.Call your Sales Rep for details.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Status Diplomat

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ISBN : STANFORD:36105008355617
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Contemporary Stage Roles For Women

Author :
ISBN : UOM:39015011714188
Genre : Drama
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"This catalog could assist directors, actresses, producers, and feminists who want to monitor how women are portrayed in the theater. For almost any drama or women's collection." Reference Books Bulletin
Category: Drama