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Five Finger Exercise: A Play
The first stage success from the author of EQUUS and AMADEUS. This family drama centers on a young German student who, coming to England to tutor the daughter of a well-to-do family, is drawn into the various individual dramas of these fractured, isolated people.
Paperback, 98 pages
Published February 20th 2015 by Samuel French
(first published 1959)
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First performed in 1958, this is a play of its time. I’m not sure the modern generation would understand the subtleties of the upper middle class family and its seething social and class tensions. The addition of the German tutor as a fulcrum for change, so short a time after the war, would nowadays not have the power and relevance it must have had for an audience of the day. Of course, those of my own generation, and earlier, would appreciate these factors, but whether the play could be enjoyed ...more