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Plays in One Act

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A dazzling collection and already a standard reference for those interested in contemporary drama, Plays in One Act is a unique compilation of plays and monologues that showcases a stunning and diverse array of work from some of the most important voices in theater.

Forty-three modern works are collected here: from plays by important contemporary artists such as David Mamet

Paperback, 512 pages
Published December 27th 2005 by Harper Perennial (first published January 1st 1991)
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Akemi G.
Sep 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dramas, read-fiction
I've had this anthology of contemporary one-act plays for years. I like reading dramas. It's an old form of literature. (Think of Prometheus Bound--which can be considered a one-act play.)

This is an anthology, so I like some of them, and not so much of some others. That's okay--I read this to get various tastes.

The Man Who Turned Into a Stick by Kōbō Abe
I guess this is included to give the book the international feel. Does anyone really like Abe? Anyone, really?
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John Vanderslice
Jul 01, 2017 rated it liked it
This is a useful but curious anthology. While it includes some superb plays and undeniably important playwrights, some of the choices are also disappointing. Perhaps most disappointing is the inclusion of writers who are by no means thought of as playwrights, because they aren't. For instance, Richard Ford, Garrison Keillor, and Joyce Carol Oates. A book intended to introduce a group of students to the art of the one act play should take care of first business first, and in my mind that means gi ...more
Liz Mourant
Jun 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Superlative theater craft! Much humor involved here also!
Jan 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: plays
“Lines Composed a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey, Part II” is hilarious, and the easiest play for me to read in here. But this is a great collection.
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