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The Baltimore Waltz

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When Anna, an unmarried schoolteacher, is diagnosed with ATD, Acquired Toilet Disease, a fatal new malady with a high risk factor for elementary school teachers, she and her brother Carl take flight to Europe. Anna decides she wants to drown herself in the sensuality of food and sex, while Carl becomes involved in a wild Third Mannish espionage scheme to find a cure for ...more
Paperback, Acting Edition, 72 pages
Published October 1st 1992 by Dramatists Play Service, Inc. (first published June 1992)
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Feb 12, 2009 Jil rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: those with an interest in AIDS, Europe, or playwriting
Recommended to Jil by: Gregory Moss
Shelves: school, play
I liked this play because I enjoyed translating the French, German, and Spanish to myself in my head.

I liked this play because I find works about AIDS fascinating, especially when they aren't obvious or sentimental.

I liked this play because of the staging of the six stages of terminal illness.

I did not like the baffling promiscuity of Anna -- am I supposed to take it that her brother, Carl, fucked away his last days, even though he had AIDS? Surely not.

I did not like the baffling Third Man in t
Jul 06, 2012 Daniel rated it really liked it
Gorgeous ending. Stretches of it felt a little disjointed as I neared the end, but I overall understood what everything meant. Wonderful use of props as symbols. I'm starting to notice the techniques Vogel uses in her plays to lay out themes and such. She's a master.
Aug 12, 2008 Megan added it
I can't decide what I thought of this play. I'm not sure I understood everything, but I also accidentally read the ENDING on the back cover before I had finished it, so that was a bit of a problem.
Jan 18, 2013 Nan rated it really liked it
Vogel is a master playwright. Anna's self absorption is typical of living and healthy. She misses all clues of her brother's own mortality. There are, however, some odd bits that I don't quite get -- Anna's promiscuity and the rabbit. I would love to see this play staged.
Mar 23, 2009 Kathryn rated it it was amazing
One of the first American plays about HIV/AIDS. Exquisitely written and a heartbreaking but beautiful read.
Jul 03, 2011 Jessica rated it liked it
Shelves: school-books
Funny, thought provoking, and sweet all at the same time. I read it in search of a monologue and really enjoyed Anna's character. I would love to see it preformed.
Mar 23, 2011 Neal rated it it was amazing
Vogel's plays are wonderfully poignant. Highly recommended.
Nov 30, 2016 Nicole rated it it was ok
Interesting and clever. Contains graphic language and sex. Probably would be liked most readers, but not preferably for my own personal tastes.
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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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