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References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot and Other Plays

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Surrealism, magic realism and expressionism are the hallmarks of Jose Rivera’s influential body of work. This new volume collects the author’s plays written in the past five years, including References to Salvador Dalí Make Me Hot ("effortlessly melds otherworldly fantasy with gritty realism to make sparks fly onstage."—The Journal News), Sueño (a reworking for Pedro Calde ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published June 1st 2002 by Theatre Communications Group (first published 2001)
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Jil
Sep 29, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Monologue-seekers, playwrights
Shelves: school, play
The title play was assigned for my 21st Century American Drama class. I could tell from the first few pages that I would loathe it - it was abstract, baffling, did that frustrating "inanimate object as character" thing.

So I read it, hated it; there were a few poetic passages that I found intriguing (but ultimately irritating - write poetry or plays, not some combination of the two!), but the conflict was trite: dissatisfied housewife, husband that values his job over home. War causes emotional t
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Feb 08, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: plays
I really liked the experimental world at work in this play. The Cat and the Coyote were such compelling and unusual characters, and surely a treat for any actor to play. I also loved the setting and the way place and time functioned in the play. The invasion of the "dream" into "real life" is so beautiful and visceral; the moment when there's sand in the ice cube trays, for instance. This play didn't push into the 4 or 5 star range for me because I think I'd need to see it staged. Benito and Gab ...more
Josh Hornbeck
Mar 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
I just reading "References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot - and Other Plays," a collection of playscripts by Jose Rivera. It took me some time to warm up to Rivera's lyricism and poetry, but by the time I reached the final piece - a collection of monologues from the afterlife - I was thoroughly entranced.
Marisela
May 21, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: plays
Currently reading the first play in this anthology: Reference to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot. I swear, the play oozes this sensual energy, as if it was written while the playwright was in love, feverishly in love.
Fraser Kinnear
Jan 09, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: play
Found this at a book sale for a dollar and picked up because it was brief and looked appealing. A nice short character play, but a disposable one.
Anna
Aug 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Worked on it as a play. I think that the writing is beautifully poetic, well thought out and so intricately woven into an amazing play.
Jessy
Dec 09, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Jose Rivera is a master. Everyone I know and everyone I don't should read this book.
Stephanie
Dec 17, 2007 added it
Recommends it for: anyone who wishes reality were more supple
I simultaneously want to live in and am scared of living in Rivera's world.
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José Eustasio Rivera Salas was a Colombian lawyer and poet primarily known for his national epic The Vortex.

After a failed attempt to be elected for the senate, he was appointed Legal Secretary of the Colombo-Venezuelan Border Commission to determine the limits with Venezuela, there he had the opportunity to travel through the Colombian jungles, rivers, and mountains, giving him a first hand exper
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