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Heart of a Dog

by Mikhail Bulgakov

|January 21, 1994

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I first read Mikhail Bulgakov's The Master and Margarita on a balcony of the Hotel Metropole in Saigon on three summer evenings in 1971. The tropical air was heavy and full of the smells of cordite and motorcycle exhaust and rotting fish and wood-fire stoves,…

7 Stories

by Morris Panych

|January 1, 1990

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In this fast-paced, sophisticated and hilarious play, a man contemplating suicide on a seventh-storey building ledge confronts the stories of the people who live inside the building. These "seven stories" lead to a charming and surprising ending. Cast of 2 women…

Ubu Roi

by Alfred Jarry

|January 6, 1981

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Championed by Dadaists and Surrealists as the first absurdist drama, the play features a main character that is cruel, gluttonous, and grotesque—the author's metaphor for modern man. This drama in five acts by Alfred Jarry is translated from the French by…

The Three Sisters

by Anton Chekhov

|January 19, 1994

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In this, his third adaptation of a Chekhov play, Pulitzer Prize?winning author David Mamet offers a contemporary, highly accessible version of Chekhov's The Three Sisters. Working from a literal translation by Vlada Chernomordik, Mamet has rediscovered the…

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The Trial of God (as it was held on February 25, 1649, in Shamgorod) A Play by Elie Wiesel Translated by Marion Wiesel Introduction by Robert McAfee Brown Afterword by Matthew Fox   Where is God when innocent human beings suffer? This drama lays bare the…

Walsh

by Sharon Pollock

|January 1, 1983

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A historical documentary of Sitting Bull's exile in Canada after the Montana massacre at Little Big Horn. The play examines Sitting Bull's relationship with superintendent Walsh of the North West Mounted Police and is the study of the disillusionment of a man…

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Exit the King is a highly stylized, ritualized death rite unfolding the final hours of the once-great king Berenger the First. As he dies, his kingdom also dies. His armies suffer defeat, the young emigrate, the seasons change overnight, and his kingdom's borders…

The Balcony

by JEAN GENET

|January 21, 1994

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Book jacket/back: The setting of Jean Genet's celebrated play is a brothel that caters to refined sensibilities and peculiar tastes. Here men from all walks of life don the garb of their fantasies and act them out: a man from the gas company wears the robe and…

Physicists

by Friedrich Durrenmatt

|January 21, 1994

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The Physicists is a provocative and darkly comic satire about life in modern times, by one of Europe's foremost dramatists and author of the internationally celebrated The Visit. The world's greatest physicist, Johann Wilhelm Möbius, is in a madhouse, haunted…

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Frank, having dedicated his life to the unremarkable, and Walker, paranoid since being struck by lighting at age three, attempt to flee from each other and end up following each other instead. They find themselves in a run-down hotel operated by deaf and…

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In Rhinoceros, as in his earlier plays, Ionesco startles audiences with a world that invariably erupts in explosive laughter and nightmare anxiety. A rhinoceros suddenly appears in a small town, tramping through its peaceful streets. Soon there are two, then…

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Pirandello is the founding architect of twentieth-century drama, brilliantly innovatory in his forms and themes, and in the combined energy, imagination and visual colours of his theatre. This volume of plays, translated from the Italian by Mark Musa, opens with…