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Never Swim Alone and This is a Play

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Never Swim Alone is a play about two men locked in a deadly competition.

"...a perfectly self-contained and unabashedly artificial work... [MacIvor is a writer with an angular sense of humour and an uncommon knack for probing basic elements and truths of human behaviour." ?Vit Wagner, Toronto Star

This Is a Play
is a hilarious postmodern romp through the interior lives of a
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Paperback, 104 pages
Published January 1st 1997 by Playwrights Canada Press
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Jan 04, 2008 rated it liked it
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These two plays were both of an "experimental" nature. Somewhat of a cross between Tom Stoppard and Jean-Claude van Itallie, perhaps. I enjoyed both of them, though Never Swim Alone was a little more confusing and with less clear purpose.

This Is A Play was actually quite funny and I would seriously consider doing it if I had the right performers. The main point of it is that three actors are performing a play and while we do hear some of their dialog, we mostly hear their thoughts. What makes it
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May 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
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I saw a student production of Never Swim Alone at the Sears Drama Festival when I was in grade 11. This one-act play changed my perception of the theatre, and challenged my preconceived notions of what a play "should" be. The unconventional style of Daniel MacIvor introduced me to the realm of postmodernism. In my first year of university, I checked out a copy at the library in order to prepare for an audition for a local production of the play. Although I wasn't cast in Never Swim Alone, I rece ...more
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Dec 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is my absolute favorite play of all time. It tells a dark, tragic story framed in a quirky surrealistic setting. Its the perfect play for actors, directors, designers, and really all aspects of theater. It is one of those pieces that resonates and speaks volumes even just reading it. An absolute masterpiece.
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Daniel MacIvor was born in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia in 1962. He is a stalwart of the Canadian theatre scene, having written and directed numerous award-winning productions including See Bob Run, Wild Abandon, 2-2-Tango, This Is A Play, The Soldier Dreams, You Are Here, How It Works, A Beautiful View, Communion, Bingo! and his work has been translated into French, Portuguese, Spanish, Czech, German ...more