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For I Am Zeus: A Collection of Plays About Greek Mythology

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For I Am Zeus: A Collection of Plays About Greek Mythology contains six short plays about the most entertaining of the Greek gods. Join Zeus as he suffers through marriage counseling, makes an indecent proposal to his sisters, and tries to sleep with anything that moves.
Paperback, 112 pages
Published May 2nd 2012 by createspace
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Dawn
Sep 09, 2012 Dawn rated it it was amazing
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I won this play through a goodreads giveaway! I was thrilled to have won this one! And even more so, now that I've read it!

I was hooked with the first story, "For I Am Zeus" which had me laughing out loud. The writing really flowed nicely and I enjoyed the exchange of Lindsey and Zeus. It was extremely clever!

The character exchanges throughout had me wanting to go back and read up on my greek mythology again. I am torn about which character I liked more: Hera or Medusa! I really liked how Medus
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Everett Robert
Mar 10, 2013 Everett Robert rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Theater goers, theater lovers, actors, playwrights, directors
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For I Am Zeus is a collection of 6 short plays in one collection by playwright Crystal Smith-Connelly that presents a humorous look at the amorous adventures of the Greek god Zeus and his sexual conquests.

I'm a big fan of ancient Greek comedy with their base and ribald jokes and social messages. Smith-Connelly seems to be influenced by them as well. These plays, while chock fill of jokes, looks at things like the bar scene, speed dating, marriage counseling, reality show television, and religio
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Anthony
Oct 31, 2012 Anthony rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: No one
When I borrowed a copy of this book from a friend, I thought it would be very entertaining, especially since I love Greek mythology and hate Zeus. Sadly, this book was a major waste of time.

The author's writing style is comparable to that of a child. Her characters were cheap imitations of their mythological origins, and the storyline was practically nonexistent other that the title of each "play".

the entirety of this "book" was composition of slapstick humor (not even the good kind)and poor wri
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William Stuart
Feb 03, 2013 William Stuart rated it really liked it
For I Am Zeus: A Collection of Plays About Greek Mythology

My Review

For I Am Zeus: A Collection of Plays About Greek Mythology by playwright Crystal Smith-Connelly. I am not normally a reader of plays, but I gave this book a shot. The snappy dialogue, irreverent humor, and refreshing take on Zeus and other figures of Greek mythology pleasantly surprised me. I laughed at Zeus and his antics and at the responses from his targets for seduction.

While I would prefer to see the plays on a stage, readin
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Alice Hambright
Nov 15, 2012 Alice Hambright rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent book of short plays. Irreverent and often laugh-out-loud funny. I would love to see them performed. You need to read this book!
Chris
Entertaining, but somewhat repeative if read straight though.

Favorite play was the one with Ganyemeade.


Would be useful for a teacher trying to engage students' interst in mythology.
Elizabeth Burgess
Oct 07, 2016 Elizabeth Burgess rated it really liked it
I thought this was a fun, quirky read. I'd definitely read more plays from Smith-Connelly. The interaction between Hera and Zeus was my favorite.
Tiffany
Oct 31, 2012 Tiffany rated it did not like it
All I can say is that while I got a few laughs out of it, that is because I really hate Zeus. By the way, I am surprised someone hates Zeus more than I. If one does not like Greek mythology, I would recommend something else.
I had several problems with this poorly executed book, which include the following:
Characters- while hilarious and consistent with Greek mythology, do not appear to have much depth to them.
Repetitiveness- while I found the quips involving Zeus's incestual tendencies and beast
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Crystal Smith-Connelly has written more than fifty plays, some of which have been performed in New York, Los Angeles, Maryland, and France. Known for her twisted sense of humor, she counts Trey Parker and Matt Stone, Steve Martin, Conan O'Brien, Sarah Silverman, and Tina Fey among her influences and hopes that someday Will Ferrell will star as Zeus in one of her plays. Crystal lives with her husba ...more
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