The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-In-The-Moon Marigolds: A Drama in Two Acts
The old, converted vegetable shop where Tillie lives is more like a madhouse than a home. Tillie's mother, Beatrice, is bitter and cruel, yet desperate for her daughters' love. Her sister, Ruth, suffers epileptic fits and sneaks cigarettes every chance she gets. In the midst of chaos, Tillie struggles to keep her focus and dreams alive. Tillie -- keeper of rabbits, dreamer...more
The play revolves around three characters: 1) Beatrice Hunsdorfer, a bitter and acerbic woman 2) Ruth, her daughter, selfish and at times fractious and 3) Tille, another daughter, bright, responsible, a young girl wi...more
i ended up as assistant costume person, a job which i didn't show up for. i also decided i wasn't one for the theatre (until college).
soon after, she left the school for mysterious reasons.
i know why.
i guess it's an okay play. i mean... an atom in the girl's palm is from the big bang after all.
But after reading the play, I realized just how well Paul Newman had captured Tillie's situation and transferred it to the screen. The living conditions that border on deplorable, being just a few steps above abject poverty, living with an embittered...more
Written from the innocent, simplistically factual view of a bright young middle-schooler, Tillie, we are introduced to a tense family scene where love and hate often blur into indistinguishable lines. The two supporting characters, her sister Ruth and her embittered mother Beatrice, are some of the strongest characters I have ever read.
This book is short, concise, and easy to get through, writing at the approximate level of a midd...more
If you regard your family as dysfunctional, read this, and you will (probably) feel oh, so much better. And yet, through all t...more
While I might describe the storyline as powerful and thought-provoking, I would not say that I enjoyed it (then or now). It is a depressing tale, in which the young protagonist, Tillie, is at the mercy of her seemingly-deranged mother and manipulative older sister.
Not my cup of tea...more
The mother, Beatrice, astounded me. She was a tad on the crazy side.. but that made her all that much better of a character. She was more... real, maybe? This play was made better by the fact that we read it out loud and the girl reading...more
The character development is excellent, as well as the tightly-woven script, but the real pull is the emotional grip. A Time magazine critic wrote, "A splendid and tormented play" -- he was spot-on with his adjectives to describe this pla...more
Painful to watch (or read)? Yes. Moving? Most definitely. I have read and re-read it more times than I can count, but I can still laugh and cry every time.
This isn't a cheerful story or a happy ending--it's a real life situation that tears you apart, which is probably why I love it so much.
On the contrary, I thought the ending was powerful and the mother character, Beatrice, was finally shown as a sort of cold-hearted person.
In 1964, he wrote The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds, his first and most successful play. The play ran off-Broadway in 1970, and on Broadway in 1971. It won the 1971 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. It was also made into a 1972 movie by 20th Century Fox. Charlotte Zolotow, then a vice-president at Harper & Row (now Harper-...more