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Underneath The Lintel: An Impressive Presentation Of Lovely Evidences

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Published (first published January 1st 2003)
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I saw the play with Richard Schiff as The Librarian twice in London, and directed a production of it with Ed Gibbons-Brown playing The Librarian. In both situation I continued to be completely moved by the plays subject and by it's character. The Librarian is a flawlessly believable character and an absolutely fantastic holder of the unraveling mysteries of The Wondering Jew.
Luke Zwanziger
Mar 09, 2010 Luke Zwanziger rated it it was amazing
Shelves: play
One of the greatest plays I have ever read. Written for a single actor, this play is about a obcessive compulsive librarian who gets hooked by an unpaid fine over 100 years old that ends up taking him across the world in search of answers to a mystery that opens up to him.

I memorized nearly all of this play at one point in hopes of doing a small production of it myself. It never happened, but it may someday in the future. A fun and inspiring read.
Kate Leonard
May 13, 2014 Kate Leonard rated it it was amazing
Absolutely brilliant!
Charlie Archer
Feb 28, 2016 Charlie Archer rated it it was amazing
5 Stars

A quick read that kept me hooked the whole way though. A compelling mystery, a wonderfully quirky narrator, and a very clever script with great themes! It's crazy to think I was so invested over a course of only thirty-six pages.
This play definitely deserves more recognition. Hopefully I'll get to see it performed someday.
Feb 07, 2010 BJM rated it it was amazing
One of only three times I've ever bought a play in print (I love the theater but generally hate reading plays). After seeing this one-man show on stage I had to have a copy to savor the language and the story. Cross an obsessive librarian with an overdue book and throw in a little time travel for good measure. Exquisite.
Jan 25, 2013 Joshua rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
A haunting, beautifully constructed one-man meditation on time and devotion. An ex-librarian's odd quest shapes his dull life and gives him purpose. Troubling and soaringly hopeful - it is both a fantastic peek inside the mind of a timid introvert and a globe-trotting examination of myth and loss.
Aug 06, 2007 Steve rated it it was amazing
Colin Smith's performance at Davidson College of this astounding one-man show distinguished it as one of those works every actor longs to perform. A mysterious, lonely, and lovely journey through a librarian's doggedly determined quest for permanence.
Aug 21, 2014 Mark rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: drama
A wonderfully written one-person play that I first saw performed in New York back in 2002. A favorite theater experience of mine.
Mar 15, 2011 Robert rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: x2010-11-season
A lovely, haunting monologue cataloging a librarian's obsession with a (long) overdue book and the mystery it creates.
Apr 08, 2008 Shawn rated it it was amazing
Glen Berger is the only modern playwright whose work I value more than Martin McDonagh's. Nuff said.
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