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No Place to Be Somebody: A Black Black Comedy in Three Acts

3.44  ·  Rating details ·  27 ratings  ·  7 reviews
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Published June 1st 1966 by Bobbs-Merrill Co (first published 1966)
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Steve
Jan 11, 2019 rated it it was ok
Reminder that 2 Stars is "It Was OK".
Reading a list of "Other Things To Read" for "If Beale Street Could Talk", came across this. Late '60's, Af Am, Greenwich Village - sounded interesting.
Yeah, as others have noted on Goodreads, this play has not aged well. While "true" to the gritty Village scene of late '60's NYC, the violence against women (and prostitution of them) is now (rightly so) appalling. If Johnny is supposed to somehow be a "hero", Gordone never convinces a 2019 reader of that. O
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Dec 27, 2014 rated it liked it
No Place to Be Somebody marks the first time an African-American playwright won the Pulitzer and also the first time an off-Broadway play won. Reading it while protests engulf America in 2014, I found a depressing parallel running between the play and the news.

But goodness is this play dated. So very dated.

I can appreciate why No Place to Be Somebody won the Pulitzer. I get why it resonated with audiences in the late ’60s. Over forty years later, though, it doesn’t hold up. It reads like a bad m
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Jesse Kearney
Oct 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Would love to see it staged professionally.
Liz
Mar 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Had trouble finding humor.
M
Dec 20, 2008 added it
dont' rememeber but I associate this book with Ron O'Neal Mr.Handsome "Superfly" who passed away in 2008--he played a part.
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Feb 19, 2014 rated it liked it
"being black has a way'a makin' ya call somebody a mu-tha-fuc-kah an' really meanin' it!"
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Gordone’s 1969 Pulitzer Prize-winning play tells the story of a black bartender in a Greenwich Village bar who attempts to outwit a white mobster syndicate. Gordone drew on his own experiences working at bars in the neighborhood throughout the late 1960s, capturing the sense of desolation among the men and women gathered at his counter to drink.
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Charles Gordone was the first African American to win the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.