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Witches' Sabbath by Maurice Sachs
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Maurice Sachs died, age 39, when an SS bullet in 1945
entered his neck (or so we're told). It was the Hollywood
ending to a life of flesh & fantasy. The self-destructive
Sachs was a French charmer, cad, deceiver, thief. He had no
morality at all. A w
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Theatre by W. Somerset Maugham
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Middle-brows like to put down Maugham, but smarties know you can't put him down. As the author of hit plays, he knew Ethel Barrymore, Gladys Cooper, among others. The stage is an effective prop as he warmly scopes the psyche of a plummy star (her set ...more
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The Bobbsey Twins on Blueberry Island by Laura Lee Hope
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O gosh -- O wow -- how can I tell you this is the most exciting book I've ever received from, Ohhh wow -- thank you Spanx, again and again. Here's the story of coming of age with people unlike US ! I mean, O gosh -- the gypsies. O wow-- I ...more
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The Play's the Thing by Ferenc Molnár
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It's a blague. Musical diva Ilona is carrying on a flirty compromising chat with her mentor in her suite and we see her adoring beau, a young twitty composer outside her door in a Riviera villa, gasping at what he hears. "Control yourself!" she ins ...more
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Bring on the Girls by P.G. Wodehouse
Bring on the Girls
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When PG & Bolton met with a Broadway biggie in the teens of the 20thC, a kid in knickerbockers stayed for the story conference. Age 12, he was a nephew, or something, who possessed the intelligence of the typical theatregoer, it was said. If he l ...more
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The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams
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"Blow out your candles, Laura." An American theatre classic. Even on the printed page it's a killer.
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