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

3.7  ·  Rating Details ·  507 Ratings  ·  28 Reviews
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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Sydney Zink
Dec 26, 2012 Sydney Zink rated it really liked it
You'd be amazed how genuinely funny Woody Allen turns out to be when you're not actually looking at him.
Israel Calzadilla
Jul 01, 2011 Israel Calzadilla rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"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
Aug 24, 2009 Kaya rated it it was amazing
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.
Alex Foo
Jan 01, 2017 Alex Foo added it
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"I have a patient who gagged on a fish bone at Le Bernadin and a stranger came up behind her and performed the Heimlich maneuver on her and it aroused her - and now wherever she dines, she gags -"
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
Aug 23, 2012 Heather rated it it was amazing
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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
Jan 25, 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."
Sona Petrossian
May 24, 2015 Sona Petrossian rated it it was amazing
He is my favorite.
His plays are fantastic.Woody proves once again that he is able to create a complicated, fascinating play with a simple set, a few characters, and a whole lot of remarkable dialogue. In this three amazing one-act plays he plays with relationships and uncovering secret affairs and he follows at the way unfaithfulness can affect a marriage or a relationship.
He is genius in films, as well as in dramatic art.
Apr 09, 2014 Reneta rated it liked it

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.
Sep 01, 2007 Adam rated it it was amazing
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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
Nov 18, 2010 Steven Pattison rated it liked it
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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.
Jul 07, 2007 matt rated it liked it
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!
Fabian Hebestreit
May 31, 2013 Fabian Hebestreit rated it really liked it
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.
Karina Azlanova
Apr 26, 2016 Karina Azlanova rated it it was amazing
To read it is like to drink fresh juice. So easy and so tasty. Love it so much. I've read it ages ago and even wanted to direct a little theatrical performance based on one of the plays while I was in uni (but missed a chance heh), and only recently I got my own copy to read it again :)
Jun 12, 2008 Dave rated it it was ok
"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.
Nov 22, 2011 David rated it it was ok
"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.
Fatima Gutierrez
Tiene diálogos muy sarcásticos, y divertidos por lo mismo. Me gusto un montón la primer microhistoria, en el que un loco contagia su discapacidad a otro.
Amanda Luz
Jan 03, 2011 Amanda Luz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Nick Mahony
Apr 04, 2015 Nick Mahony rated it really liked it
A hoot, as expected.

Something about the Bible as a guide on etiquette.

Guns, misfires, writing block, 20 minutes to the Atlantic, love and its complexities.
Simão Miranda
May 24, 2011 Simão Miranda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 27, 2012 Artem Huletski rated it liked it
Остроумия у Вуди не отнять ;) Правда, минус этих пьес в том, что никто другой не решится их ставить. Нью-Йорк, Нью-Йорк...
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Heywood "Woody" Allen (born Allan Stewart Konigsberg) 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 majori ...more
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