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In this acclaimed play, Naomi Iizuka has created a carefully textured exploration of the meaning of truth-not just in the art world, but in personal relationships as well. At its heart is an art dealer and an art historian who discover what they think is an ancient manuscript-a priceless Japanese pillow book. As they try to learn whether it's authentic, their search become ...more
Paperback, 96 pages
Published June 24th 2003 by Harry N. Abrams (first published June 2003)
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GB Noth
Mar 04, 2017 rated it it was ok
I wanted to like it. This play is more of an original work than much of Iizuka's body of writing. It's an irony that so much of her career is just modernizing older works, but here we get a real juicy story. It falls apart however, slowly at first. The question of real art vs fake has been explored before (in movies especially), and has been explored since this play, and Iizuka has some moments of interest. She doesn't bring it all together though. So this play was okay, but not special. If you ...more
Brennin Weiswerda
Apr 05, 2013 rated it did not like it
A disclaimer: I read this book for class, and some people absolutely LOVED it. I, however, did not.

The play is about art, perception, and beauty: how do we assign value to something? Its age, its provenance, its subjective worth?

The play is 36 views of the same thing (like the 36(ish) paintings of the same mountain). 36 views of people, their interactions, their conversations. It's not repeats of the exact same scene, but the form of the play--even just the title and explanation of it--make th
May 07, 2010 rated it liked it
While the playwright is very knowledgeable about the material (Historical Asian art and literature) I didn't find the play particularly dramatically engaging. The more "experimental" aspects of the play help connect the piece with Japanese No Theater and Pillow Book poetry but I wish they she did more with it, connecting the story more with the style.
Jan 31, 2011 rated it liked it
This is a beautiful piece; Iizuka has certainly introduced a gem to the world of contemporary theatre. I would love to see it staged.
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Naomi Iizuka's most recent play, 17 Reasons (Why), was produced at Campo Santo + Intersection for the Arts and published by Stage and Screen in the anthology Breaking Ground: Adventurous Plays By Adventurous Theatres, edited by Kent Nicholson. Her other plays include 36 Views; Polaroid Stories; Language of Angels; War of the Worlds (written in collaboration with Anne Bogart and SITI Company); Aloh ...more

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