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Sight Unseen

3.79 of 5 stars 3.79  ·  rating details  ·  75 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Jonathan Waxman is the artist as superstar, plunged into the exorbitant hype of the American art world where a publicist is as necessary as a brush and canvas. Just before his works are celebrated at an exhibition in London, Jonathan journeys to the village where his former lover, Patricia, lives with her British husband, Nick. Archaeologists working on a dig, their spare ...more
Paperback, 80 pages
Published January 1st 1998 by Dramatists Play Service, Inc.
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Chuck O'Connor
Very interesting relationships with some gripping scenes that hurt due to the characters raw honesty but I have no clue what the play's theme is and the fractured structure does not offer any hint. Any time a play chooses a non-linear structure there is the expectation that the time-jumps will work to prove a premise. That isn't the case here. The structure feels arbitrary. It fails to reveal a protagonist and works to present the key conflict as static. Still, Margulies writes very honest chara ...more
Mar 30, 2012 Sarah rated it 4 of 5 stars
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Artist Jonathan reunites with a long-lost love. But to what purpose? To catch up on old times, or steal away the one painting that gave him a sense of grounding in both his life and heritage? Marguiles draws up some bitter conclusions about the artist's need to capitalize and cannibalize on themselves and loved ones, but this play is worth reading, if only for its final scene, one of the loveliest scenes of introduction I've ever read.
Lorma Doone
Read this in one sitting. Pretty mediocre.

I'm over plays where the woman's sole purpose is to be a foil for the male. The woman who can't move on. Where are the strong women characters in plays? Do we always have to be victims of lovelorn shit and unrequited love? Fuck that.

The 2 stars are for the conversations about art. That was the most engaging element of the play for me.
This play is tightly written and explores important and interesting issues about home and heritage and art. It is quick and deep -- contemporary to the core. I liked the structure of the scenes in different locations and back and forth in time and using a spare four characters.
I'm playing the role of Grete in this play this December. I'm really interested in the playwright's notes about Grete's fascination with Jonathan. Does she represent the educated or uneducated viewer of art? What is her role as the media?
Dec 07, 2009 Sean rated it 4 of 5 stars
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Very interesting. The play flips back and forth in time. It has a juggling of a broken relationship, artist's integrity, and anti-semitism.
Sean Evans
Sight Unseen. by Donald Margulies (1998)
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Born in Brooklyn in 1954, Donald Margulies grew up in Trump Village, a Coney Island housing project built by Donald Trump's father. Margulies was exposed early to the theatre. His father, a wallpaper salesman, played show tunes on the family hi-fi and, despite a limited income, often took his children to Manhattan to attend Broadway plays and musicals.

Margulies studied visual arts at the Pratt Ins
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