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Two Rooms - Acting Edition

4.05  ·  Rating Details ·  106 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
This book is approximately 50 pages in script format, published by Dramatists Play Service, Inc. "The two rooms of the title are a windowless cubicle in Beirut where an American hostage is being held by Arab terrorists and a room in his home in the United States which his wife has stripped of furniture so that, at least symbolically, she can share his ordeal."

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Paperback, 72 pages
Published October 1st 1990 by Dramatists Play Service, Inc.
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Mar 10, 2015 Raina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was first introduced to this play in my dramatic acting class where a classmate performs one of Michael Well's monologues, and was immediately drawn to this story.
In only 48 pages we glimpse into the lives of four individual characters - husband, wife, journalist, and State Department official, each with their own motive surrounding an American hostage imprisoned in Beirut. The play gives you a succinct, yet lasting glance into the lives of people affected by the capture, making you think a b
Geneva Miller
Jun 07, 2011 Geneva Miller rated it it was amazing
I hesitate to call "Two Rooms" a love story, yet it's the relationship between husband and wife that compels the reader. One room is a windowless cubicle in which the character Michael is held hostage by Arab terrorists. Back in the US, Michael's wife Lainie has stripped his home office, covered the windows, and laid a bare mattress on the floor. Here Lainie and Michael speak to each other across a void of space and time. Separated by oceans, the two deal with political bullies at home and abroa ...more
Apr 08, 2009 Kevin rated it liked it
A fine play with interesting staging and very different characters. Its one most notable characteristic is that it was written over 20 years ago, yet still perfectly applies to the present day circumstances, often without even a name or location change. Two Rooms will unfortunately continue to be relevant as long as the Middle East remains volatile, which may be for a long time to come.

Blessing's play has a great arc, but never comes clear toward its true motives. There are romantic parts, yet t
Feb 27, 2016 Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this for a class in theatre. It is a political play and I was hesitant to read it because, at this point in my life, I've little taste for politics, especially when it comes to the Middle East. I was, however, very pleased with the play and how it touched on the topic of terrorism and politics (which are about the same these days). It shows how people are used as pawns by the government, by the press, and by the terrorists as a means to an end completely regardless of how either the means ...more
Kat High
Apr 16, 2016 Kat High rated it it was amazing
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This is a very powerful play. It had me choking up at parts, and I was straight up sobbing at the end. It's important to note that I was reading the script: these emotions were produced by the playwright's words alone. The only criticism I have is that there are a lot of very long monologues--though this could be a bigger issue reading the play than it would be watching a performance.
Blake Norby
Sep 10, 2015 Blake Norby rated it it was amazing
I don't normally read plays, but this was recommended to me and I read it in one sitting. How very poignant, how very real and dirty. It was just so right and so wow. I loved every second of reading it.
Jan 01, 2008 Letitia rated it liked it
His most famous play, I believe. At times heart-wrenching, and I think at heart a tragic love-story, but fails to distinguish itself as such. Needs more surprises, more teeth, and a better reason for existing than Lee Blessing's scathing rebuke of the American government.
Jun 27, 2008 David rated it it was amazing
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a beautifully-written play. complex characters in a realistically shitty situation.

blessing writes a mean monologue. a play that is this affecting and interesting is rare, and i would wholeheartedly recommend reading or seeing it if you get a chance
Mac Colley
Oct 17, 2014 Mac Colley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was very moved by this play, especially with the current political conditions in the East. Black Box in April.
Mariel Kathryn
Jul 09, 2015 Mariel Kathryn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great play- translates perfectly to today from yesteryear.
Chuck O'Connor
Sep 23, 2012 Chuck O'Connor rated it it was amazing
I love how Lee Blessing recognizes that political issues affect personal lives. This is a very moving play.
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Jan 11, 2017 Indira (A.P) rated it liked it
Might post my Journal essay, might not, just depends. Mostly on the grade I receive, lol.
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