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Three One-act Plays: Riverside Drive/Old Saybrook/Central Park West

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Three delightful one-act plays set in and around New York, in which sophisticated characters confound one another in ways only Woody Allen could imagine

Woody Allen’s first dramatic writing published in years, “Riverside Drive,” “Old Saybrook,” and “Central Park West” are humorous, insightful, and unusually readable plays about infidelity. The characters, archetypal New Yor
Paperback, 224 pages
Published March 12th 2009 by Random House (NY) (first published 2003)
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"Adulterios" narra tres historias sobre el amor y el desamor, el matrimonio y la infidelidad.

Las tres obras teatrales, están protagonizadas por neoyorquinos arquetípicos que, en su ingenuidad, deben enfrentarse a realidades inesperadas, creyendo que lo tienen todo controlado, mientras sus actos se encuentran regidos por la razón.

Los personajes se pasean sobre la infidelidad, la vanidad humana, el deseo de conquistar y el miedo a envejecer. A esto hay que agregarle el excelente humor de Woody. C
Woody Allen is my very favorite. Though I am a little nervous to see Whatever Works based on the previews.

Riverside Drive, the first play, is like a simpler version of his movie Crimes and Misdemeanors meets Zoo Story by Edward Albee meets the poem "White Pig" by Russell Edson meets something else and something else. Unnngh. I loved it.
Sydney Zink
You'd be amazed how genuinely funny Woody Allen turns out to be when you're not actually looking at him.
Javier Jiménez
Me encantó este libro. Ya tenía mucho tiempo que una lectura no me hacía reír. De hecho, creo que Woody Allen es el único autor que realmente me provoca una carcajada al leer un libro. Me fascina su obra; sus películas, sus cuentos, sus obras de teatro, todo lo que hace es genial.

En esta ocasión nos deleita con tres grandes comedias de un acto cada una. Y como siempre ocurre con Allen, sus guiones son únicos, fluyen con una naturalidad simple pero a la vez son tan reflexivos y poco a poco se ad

Прочетох първо третата пиеса, после първата и накрая и втората. Така си ги подреждам и според това дали ми харесаха. Заради "Сентръл Парк Уест" щях да си изпусна спирката, "Ривърсайд Драйв" беше "ами... добре", а "Олд Сейбрук" е толкова измъчена и трудно скалъпена история, че и Уди Алън се е усетил и неуспешно се е опитал да превърне дефекта в ефект. Средна оценка- 3/5.
Heather Johnson
I cannot say much except that I simply adored these three plays - Central Park West being my favorite. He writes the most real yet laughable characters, with shockingly funny conversations and plot twists. Start from the back and work your way to the front, that's how I enjoyed this book the most. Riverside Drive may be exactly what you'd expect, but the other two plays (especially Old Saybrook) are very unpredictable - and they sail by very quickly. They're the kind of plays that you can gulp d ...more
Miss Lili
Central Park West was the most engaging.
Visiškai Allen'iški tekstai - lengvas absurdėlis, ironija, sarkazmas ir inteligentiškas humoras.
Sep 04, 2013 Victor added it
"Uma garota leva o noivo em casa para apresentar aos pais e diz, família, este é o Max, ele é maníaco-depressivo. Dá para imaginar como eles reagem. Fantasias da filha querida deles se casando com um cara que na segunda-feira tenta pular do alto do Chrysler Building e na terça tenta comprar todos os itens da Bloomingdale's... mas se você diz: este é o Max... ele é bipolar. Parece uma conquista... como um explorador... bipolar como o Amirante Byrd."
classic Allen themes each mulled over once again, this time in play form. Riverside Drive discusses the same themes as "crimes and misdemeanors" and to a lesser extent "Match Point" but with a psychotic homeless man named Fred as the foil. Old Saybrook" and "Central Park West" could convince anyone not to get married, especially in Manhattan. Not his best, but worth a quick glance. Thanks Tam!
Sep 11, 2007 Adam rated it 5 of 5 stars
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Fantastic. His plays don't run through like his movies. Instead they take advantage of that heavy air that an in person performance can command. While funny at times they all focus on his theme of identity and truth. Allen likes to play with relationships in his writing but his plays seem to take a bit of a darker turn. It's easy to see where Match Point came from after reading this.
Steven Pattison
As it is with most books and films by Woody Allen the determining factor for enjoyment depends on if you are a fan of his or not. These three one act plays are no different and are the standard fare which is good and bad (and don't stand out too much for me) - funny & clever writing peppered with obscure literary and philosophical references.
"Writer's Block" is the alternate title, and I think this is Woody Allen trying to get over writer's block by writing plays which take themes and plots from his movies and riff on them a bit. Really funny in moments, but not that great overall.
Fabian Hebestreit
Sure, storywise there's nothing new here for fans of Woody Allen. But these plays are funny. Really, really funny, delivering at least one huge laugh on every second page, and that's what matters most to me when I read Allen's writing.
"Old Saybrook" was really good, "Riverside Drive" was fine, and "Central Park West" was too familiar and unpleasant. All of them tread on territory that he's done better elsewhere, but there are some good laugh lines.
Amanda Luz
woddy allen sempre fiel ao seu estilo e, com humor, tratando, de certa forma, da desilusão com relacionamentos amorosos monogâmicos -- as we know it. o primeiro conto, especialmente, é ótimo.
Simão Miranda
The first play is amazing. A typical Woody Allen play. Had much fun translating it and then watch it grow to the final performance on stage. Long live Woody Allen!
Artem Huletski
Остроумия у Вуди не отнять ;) Правда, минус этих пьес в том, что никто другой не решится их ставить. Нью-Йорк, Нью-Йорк...
Pretty fun, quick read. Dialogue is great; essential Woody Allen goodness.
two words: woody & allen. very ironic, funny, charming, etc etc
I loved this. need more!
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Woody Allen (born Allen Stewart Königsberg) is a three-time Academy Award-winning American film director, writer, actor, jazz musician, comedian and playwright. His large body of work and cerebral film style, mixing satire, wit and humor, have made him one of the most respected and prolific filmmakers in the modern era. Allen writes and directs his movies and has also acted in the majority of them ...more
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