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Street Scene

3.78  ·  Rating Details ·  55 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
Paperback, 136 pages
Published January 28th 1956 by Samuel French, Inc. (first published 1929)
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Natasha Whyte
Feb 11, 2015 Natasha Whyte rated it liked it
Elmer Rice wrote a play set in 1929 and it stayed there. Let's be honest, Rice is kind of obsessive about ensuring every tiny detail of his work is played exactly how he imagined it when he wrote it. While Rice's enormously precise stage directions are not inherently a problem, they do not hold up well against time. The relative irrelevance of temporal plays after a couple of decades IS inherently a problem with extreme Realism, the mode in which this play was written. While this play was incred ...more
Greg
Mar 19, 2014 Greg rated it liked it
This play takes place in front of a brownstone in New York City, presumably in the twenties. The play attempts to portray the complexities, biases, and despair experienced by everyday people. Anna deals with infidelity, Rose struggles with her boss and desires her Jewish neighbor, Frank is abusive, etc. The people in the play are very unlikable, but it is very realistic. A great example is the language and naïvety in Kaplan’s communist leanings:
KAPLAN. No laws! We got already too many laws. Ve m
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Bobby Sullivan
Oct 06, 2012 Bobby Sullivan rated it really liked it
Nan's lines are hysterical, in particular.
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Kind of a dumb book.
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