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The Civilians: An Anthology of Six Plays

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Collected for the first time in one volume are six inventive theater pieces created by Obie Award-winning theater company The Civilians. Based on the creative investigation of actual experience, and often intertwined with experimental cabaret, their pieces are boldly theatrical and always unique -- from a story about a Hollywood movie and a lost flock of geese (Canard, Can ...more
Paperback, 300 pages
Published April 1st 2009 by Playscripts, Inc.
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May 25, 2013 Ed rated it really liked it
Shelves: theatre
"Canard, Canard, Goose?" by the Civilians
"Gone Missing" by Steve Cosson
"(I Am) Nobody's Lunch" by Steve Cosson
"The Ladies" by Anne Washburn
"Paris Commune" by Steve Cosson and Michael Friedman
"Shadow of Himself" by Neal Bell

I purchased this to read "The Ladies" which was probably my favorite play of 2004. (I had also seen "Gone Missing" which I remember enjoying.) I like what the Civilians do, what I would call documentary theater. Plays developed through interviews and research on a particular t
Apr 12, 2009 Rick rated it really liked it
Anne Washburn's "Ladies" and Neal Bell's "Shadow of Himself" are both brilliant. The other four plays, documentary theater works by The Civilians theater collective, didn't do as much for me. So, I'm giving the book as a whole a four-star rating though those two plays really belong in the five-star range.
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