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The Four of Us

3.67 of 5 stars 3.67  ·  rating details  ·  42 ratings  ·  4 reviews

From the author of Bach at Leipzig (Faber, 2005) comes a new play about loyalty, integrity, and the price of success. When Benjamin’s first novel vaults him into literary stardom, his friend David, a struggling playwright, is thrilled for his newfound success . . . or is he? Should Benjamin help David by using his new connections? Can David even expect such favors from hi
Paperback, 128 pages
Published March 18th 2008 by Faber & Faber
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Either there is something brilliant here that is so smart that I'm missing it, or this is just as inarticulate, unoriginal, incohesive, and useless a piece of theater as it seems. Oh well.
Itamar Moses' play is a bittersweet, charming fable about two young male artists coming of age in a time and place where one person's tangible success can suddenly elevate them socially far above another person. Moses explores how that situation plays itself out over time, focusing more on the relationship between these two men and how all relationships change over time, and less on the pitfalls and perils of their respective career paths and how that did or did not contribute to the strain that ...more
The two voices blend together and the conversation bogs down at points, but the character dynamics and storytelling structure here are absolutely brilliant.
So-so. Not as good as the previous plays I read this year.
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