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The Long Christmas Ride Home

4.07 of 5 stars 4.07  ·  rating details  ·  82 ratings  ·  6 reviews
"Brilliant . . . even more ambitious than Vogel's "How I Learned to Drive" . . . it covers more ground and is bolder in its storytelling. Vogel's language is at its most poetic, eloquent and elegiac. In fact, its vivid imagery rivals the prose style of any great American short story writer. The play sounds like it might have been adapted from a beautiful, undiscovered nove ...more
Paperback, 59 pages
Published December 31st 2004 by Dramatists Play Service (first published October 1st 2004)
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Lauren Wakefield
Jul 03, 2008 Lauren Wakefield rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: 16+
Recommended to Lauren by: Dr. Rhona Justice-Malloy
So, having directed this play, I feel I am justified in whatever rating I choose to give it. Many of the professional reviews gave it very poor ratings because it followed "How I Learned to Drive," which is Vogel's most well known piece, for sure, and probably her best. I strongly recommend "How I Learned to Drive," but it's not for everyone.

Christmas Ride takes a lot from asian theatre practices. In addition to the bunraku-style puppetry that it really wants, there are places for shadow puppet
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Emily
Jan 06, 2014 Emily rated it 4 of 5 stars
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- I loved the back and forth dialogue during the first half of the play between the two narrators (and after a while the minister). You'd have to have two very versatile narrators to cover all the characters while jumping back and forth. For me it helped me get lost in the story, sort of like being on a rocking boat that puts you into a bit of a trance.

- I have a hard time picturing the puppets and the Japanese influences but I'm sure it's really cool in theater.
Lizzie
This one absolutely walloped me when I read it originally, but I haven't reread it in years. Must, must do.

The emotional ante of any play is upped about 10000% for me when you involve a puppet. I DON'T THINK THIS IS WEIRD AT ALL.
Jasmin
loved this script.
I saw it performed and was not so crazy about the show. But the writing is pretty amazing.
Jeremy
best read and play i have seen in a long time. would love to direct.
Joelle
Curious Theatre 2004ish
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Paula Vogel is an American playwright and university professor. She received the 1998 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for her play, How I Learned to Drive.

Vogel was born in Washington, D.C. to Donald Stephen Vogel, an advertising executive, and Phyllis Rita Bremerman, a secretary for United States Postal Service Training and Development Center. She is a graduate of The Catholic University of America (197
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