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The first major collection of plays by leading lesbian playwright Paula Vogel.
Paperback, 300 pages
Published November 1st 1995 by Theatre Communications Group
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88th out of 161 books — 25 voters
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Abraham
Mar 21, 2008 Abraham rated it liked it
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Interesting, fun, but ultimately resides in that well-trod world of drama that treats great tragedy by attacking it with absurdist humor - think Red Noses - in the end the thing tends to be too interested in avoiding the pain to be interesting to me. The parts about the bunny and the slideshow, however, were very funny and downright weird.
Jamie
Jan 24, 2012 Jamie rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Everyone
One zinger after another in this volume, which isn't surprising having read a couple of her other plays. I am slightly ashamed to admit that I didn't finish the one play whose societal significance she personally introduces with heartfelt urgency, "Hot 'N' Throbbing." I just couldn't take a strong dose of domestic violence, pornography, etc. right now without emotional damage. I hope, like Vogel hopes, that as a whole we can eventually take it on stage and on the page, because I can't think of a ...more
Emily Savary
Oct 08, 2014 Emily Savary rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Lovers of modern uncoventional plays
Though I did enjoy the "Oldest Profession", the rest of her plays were a quite a blend of bizarre dreams and twisted plot lines. "And Baby makes Seven" in particular was very dissatisfying, leaving the reader puzzled as to the moral of the story. Vogel seems to use ambiguity to hold her plays together, focusing more on shocking the audience with her "interesting" choice of narrative and plot. I'm afraid to say this further confirms my lack of faith in the modern playwright.
Sarah
Mar 21, 2014 Sarah rated it really liked it
Shelves: drama
Baltimore Waltz is a memory play and a conundrum I am always happy to revisit. And Baby Makes Seven is perhaps the funniest play about building a family I can imagine. Hot'N'Throbbing is a challenge of another sort, and the rest of the plays in this volume don't stand to me as much as the aforementioned ones, but ... But seriously, Paula Vogel is a great read and her work is great fun in performance. She's a necessary voice in a world that doesn't have a room for many like her.
Amy
Sep 05, 2012 Amy rated it really liked it
Shelves: scripts
Intriguing. About half of these plays left me cold (I found them a little disturbing - but that's not always a bad thing in theatre). The other half really spoke to me and I would love to have the chance to see a thoughtful staging.
Ben
Jun 07, 2007 Ben rated it it was ok
Shelves: drama
Of this, I've only read "The Baltimore Waltz," and it's one of the worst plays I've ever experienced. It's a satire about the AIDS epidemic. Maybe it's funnier on stage than on paper, but I don't have high hopes.
Jillian
Aug 06, 2012 Jillian rated it really liked it
Thought provoking as always. Though I need to allow the plays to digest a little more before I really can articulate how I feel about them. A quick, intense read.
Carrie
Jun 01, 2008 Carrie rated it really liked it
This is supposed to be a comedy, but I can't even think about this play without crying. I loved it and it broke my heart.
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Jul 25, 2008 Maureen rated it it was amazing
Paula Vogel is devastating.
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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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