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Best Mystery And Suspense Plays Of The Modern Theatre: The Complete Text

4.67  ·  Rating Details ·  6 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
Hardcover, 887 pages
Published 1973 by Avon Books
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Greg Kerestan
Jan 29, 2016 Greg Kerestan rated it it was amazing
Horror, suspense and mystery thrillers are genres well known on the printed page and on screen, but rarely attempted onstage. This is for a number of reasons- the less reality-bound genres of film, television and prose can show more things in more detail than the stage, can frighten more easily due to close-up and jump shots, and allow for greater immersion in tiny detail. However, quite a few successful and memorable stage plays have dabbled in the "darker genres." From Hamilton Deane's famous ...more
Mary Anne
Jul 30, 2015 Mary Anne rated it really liked it
Another book from my office bookshelves! Although this is a collection of plays, I gave it the short story tag because it really did function that way for me. Most of the plays are at least 60 pages, but since it's all dialogue, it really races along.

This is a really nice collection of thriller mystery plays. I very quickly saw horror elements in many of the plays (aside from "Dracula", two plays really stand out: "Child's Play" and "Bad Seed"). There are some consistent themes in several plays,
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Wonderful selection!
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