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The Violet Hour: A Play

3.59  ·  Rating Details ·  93 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
In this new play by the Tony Award-winning playwright of Take Me Out, a fledgling (and upper-class) World War I-era publisher is trying to decide which work to choose as his imprint's first title. He has two manuscripts but lacks the funds to publish both. His difficult decision--whether to publish his lover's memoir or the novel written by his best friend--is further comp ...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published February 17th 2004 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (first published 2004)
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Jul 10, 2008 Andrew rated it liked it
This play covers some of the same metaphorical ground as Tom Stoppard's "Arcadia". It does not share, plot-wise, the same material, but rather the questions about foreknowledge, free-will, and whether anything we do can change what has been laid out for us. The play has been described by many reviewers as whimsical, and it is, but it is exactly that sense of lightness which gives this play its gravity. This is a good play for anyone seeking to discuss larger philosophical questions of how our pa ...more
Mar 11, 2008 Lori rated it liked it
Interesting statement about knowing the future. If you know everything that will happen, will you change what you do? I like that it takes place in a publishing environment because I like to read. I also saw this play performed in Los Angeles, and so it does translate well into live text.
Sep 23, 2009 Jen3n rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: theatre
Not a bad play, for all in all. I directed this show a few years ago to fine reviews, and I think that had more to do with the play than it did with me.
Mar 24, 2007 brandy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: theater
I just performed in this play and, despite all the time I spent with it, there are ideas that still allude me. it forces you to ask many questions.
Aug 06, 2007 Steve rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Whimsical, not-quite-realistic play with some fabulous heartache.
Jun 18, 2012 Jeff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

A brilliant play--one of Greenberg's best.
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