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Tooth of Crime (Second Dance)

3.17 of 5 stars 3.17  ·  rating details  ·  84 ratings  ·  8 reviews
One of the plays that first announced Sam Shepard as an original voice in American theater, Tooth of Crime is his thrillingly innovative rock drama, published here in a revised edition that is as fresh and provocative as the original was more than thirty years ago.

An aging rock star in a world in which entertainment and street warfare go hand in hand, Hoss must defend hims
Paperback, 112 pages
Published February 14th 2006 by Vintage (first published January 1st 1972)
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A difficult, demanding read filled with invented slang that makes the text of A Clockwork Orange look almost like homely chatter. The subtext of this experimental play just might be a Freudian commentary on the modern ego, a fable clothed in the trappings of celebrity and gangster machismo. I’d have to see a good production of the play to decide whether it’s genius or just a high-concept muddle.

[Note: this Shepard play is the basis for T. Bone Burnett's 2008 album of the same name.]
Jen Klug
I read both the original and the updated version, and I didn't like either. Of the plays I've read so far for this contemporary drama class, this is by far my least favorite. The updated one version was as corny and dated and ridiculous as the original. Seriously painful to read. I wish I could give it zero stars. I was embarrassed for everyone involved when I read it. Now I need to quickly read something else before I go to sleep, to cleanse my mental palate.

Even the other plays I haven't love
Reading what so ever written by Shepard means going through a shortened social history of America after ww II, and up till the end of 20.century. Plots are so simple and dialogues are not very much sophisticated. Maybe some of works by Shepard are not as interesting as the others, but for those whom are interested in sociology, and drama as writing-art, will enjoy reading or watching works by Shepard. Reading simple and plain plays by Shepard gives you dare to sit and write about whatsoever plot ...more
ehh, kind of reminded me of a ridiculous clockwork orange. couldn't really take it seriously, though this version is apparently more toned down, missing the scene with the random mooning cheerleaders. i do wonder how the songs would be done live.
Even the 1996 revision, I found to still be pretty dated. It would be interesting to see hip-hop presented as the battle of musical style.
Michelle Lynne Widmann
This was probably the weirdest musical I've ever read - I'd be interested to see a live production of it.
Dave Clapper
Awfully dated now, but still a very cool play. I was fortunate enough to play Crow eons ago.
Not my favorite - actually closer to 2 and a half stars than three... Don't ask.
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Sam Shepard is an American artist who worked as an award-winning playwright, writer and actor. His many written works are known for being frank and often absurd, as well as for having an authentic sense of the style and sensibility of the gritty modern American west. He is an actor of the stage and motion pictures; a director of stage and film; author of several books of short stories, essays, and ...more
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