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Balm in Gilead and Other Plays

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"Lanford Wilson is the rare dramatist, witty and humorous, who sees all his characters from the inside…Balm is life itself trapped in a play."--New York
Paperback, 116 pages
Published January 1st 1965 by Hill and Wang
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Lori
Jul 25, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: plays
I need to reread again in the near future. I am not sure if it was the cacophony of overlapping conversations taking place all at once or the slang that made it difficult for me to get through the first play - I had to read some passages over to actually picture what was going on in a scene. The story about the 2 main characters finally does come together, and I am sure I'll enjoy more the second time around.
cheeseblab
Dec 31, 2012 rated it liked it
Junkies and hustlers and other assorted losers in what seems to aspire to be an animated and noisily symphonic rendering of Hopper's Nighthawks--reading it was chaotic, but I can't imagine seeing it staged. In the odder of the two one-acts, Home Free!, an ostensibly incestuous brother and sister with two imaginary younger siblings (?) pretend to be in an Edward Albee play.

The book was a gift from a good friend on the movie shoot.
Megan
Feb 04, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: plays
I only read Balm in Gilead from this book. I am not sure how I felt about it but I will be working on it in class so it should be interesting to see how my opinion changes as I become more familiar with the piece.
Asa Merritt
Oct 26, 2007 rated it liked it
Unique in its world--drug dealin' diner. Lots of characters. More about tone and atmosphere than character
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Jul 10, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, plays
I suppose it does kind of prove how good you are if you can write a play like this for as large of a cast.
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Lanford Wilson was an American playwright, considered one of the founders of the Off-Off-Broadway theater movement. He received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1980, was elected in 2001 to the Theater Hall of Fame, and in 2004 was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

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