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by Sarah Willis
Sarah Willis presents "an engaging drama about an egomaniacal director who has become dangerously out of touch with his family"*...The farm house near Chautauqua Lake is where theater director Will Bartlett and his family spend their summers. But the summer of 1971 is different. Will's entire troupe of actors is also descending on the house, for a month-long, round-the-clo ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published January 7th 2003 by Berkley Trade
(first published October 3rd 2001)
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The Rehearsal by Sarah Wills is a book I will never forget. A man named Will Bartlett has taken his family to a theater which has been struggling to get out into public. To sustain the public interest he tries to recruit and ask for help from the cast of Stein beck's "Of mice and men" to his country farms so they could be the characters. Due to the fact of being wrapped up in self vanity, Will has taken everything and blocked it out, including the drama between characters and the tension between ...more
Decent characters and interesting narrative style, which bounced from the POV of each character, as if a camera were moving in a long tracking shot through the environment. A group of actors in the 1970s meet at the director's farmhouse for a summer re-imagining of a production of Of Mice & Men in an effort to save a professional theatre from folding. Although some of the characters were expected theatre stereotypes (the hippie ingenue, the aging homosexual, the solipsistic director), there ...more