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This is the first Brenner book to come out in English, but actually the seventh in the series. I believe that Melville House has This is a book I first heard about a while back when the innovative and amazing And Other Stories announced that Remember, you can read the whole ALTA preview by clicking here. Friday, October 5th 3: Panelists will discuss examples Couple more days of ALTA to preview, to help all of you decide which panels you might want to attend. Peter Stamm has a number of books available in English translation, including Seven Years, Here is part of her review: It is a well-known phenomenon that widespread condemnation of a book will only Any author who has been both nominated for a Nobel Prize in literature and exiled from his Hilary Wermers is a senior at the University of Van Lanen August 3, Articles 0 Comment.

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Phil was an intern Apparently, this is the week of Larissa and AmazonCrossing books. It may be due to my Icelandic Crush, but of all the books AmazonCrossing has brought out so far, this is the one that most Aleksandra Fazlipour is the student I introduced last week who just completed a semester long independent study on The latest addition to our Reviews Section is a piece by Jacob M.

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Labinger and available from the University of Nebraska Press. As you might be able to Dan Vitale is one of our contributing reviewers, and as such, has written a number of The Iowa Review is up to a lot of cool things. But more to the point of this website, The new issue of the Boston Review has an interesting interview with publishing visionary Richard Nash about the state of publishing and Revaluing the Book: Do you see the printed book in the same state of flux as the publishing Monica Carter is a contributing reviewer to Three Percent, and a Ludmila Ulitskaya is one of a handful of contemporary Russian writers to have a number of their works translated My Two Worlds was a Read This Next selection a couple months back, so please click here to read an extended The latest addition to our Reviews Section is a piece by Fr.

Grant Barber is a regular reviewer for Three Percent, a keen bibliophile, and an Episcopal priest living on the south shore As Lily recommends in her review, you should definitely read this piece by Thomas Beebee and then This is the first book in the Von Rezzori trilogy, which also includes The Snows of Brady Evan Walker is a writer who splits his time unequally between New Orleans and Brooklyn, constantly on the run from the horrors of Translated from the Italian by Marina Harss, Two Friends is a collection of three posthumously discovered Moravia novellas.

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I really love his novel Act of the Damned. The one that jumps to mind is the Polish Fiction issue that Bill Martin guest edited, and which contains a number of Polish authors who have gone on to have full-length books published in English Julia is is a publicist for Catherine Bailey is an English grad student here at the University of Rochester. I am aware of how crazily self-indulgent and odd this review is, but after writing about Sorokin so many Adelaide is a former intern and translation student, who has written for Three Percent a couple times Emily Davis is a grad student in Literary Translation here at the University of Rochester, and is currently working The Life and Legends, which is available from Doubleday.

Van Lanen May 18, Articles 0 Comment. Vincent Francone has written for us a few times in the past and is a reader for TriQuarterly Online, a site that should probably be on our But because no one ever seems to believe me when I mention this, attached below is an email I just received, one that brings up a lot of questions for me. More after the letter. David Shook review this for us.

The latest addition to our Reviews Section is a piece by K. It was praised in the New York Times and a Powells. Rytkheu is one of the only if not the only Chukchi writers to be translated into English. Along with Robert Walser, Max Jennifer Marquart has contributed to Three Percent in the past and is an aspiring German translator and recent University of Or in NCAA time: The best source for info on German poet Anja Utler seems to be this site which, for those of you into poetry of the Dan Vitale is a regular contributor to Three Percent—a program sponsored in party through a grant from Well, OK, maybe not swimming in a sea of donations, but thanks to all of you who did donate.

Dalkey has published several Tsepeneag novels, including the wonderfully complex Vain Art of the Erica Mena is a poet, a translator, and visible. Phillip Witte was an intern for Open Letter way back in the day, and also had a summer internship at New Directions. Adelaide Kuehn is one of our interns this semester and will be next semester as well, so Most probably around April, seeing that April is National Poetry Month, which leads to a huge number of poetry collections coming Pierce and published earlier this year by Dalkey Archive Press.

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One of the best literary blogs out there has be The Millions. Monica Carter is one of our top reviewers and a great This is kicking off a few weeks of Dalkey reviews. Monica Carter is a very steady reviewer for us, who also serves on the fiction panel for the Best Translated Book Although the title would be well suited to a mediocre sit-com, this novel sounds pretty It was one that I had missed in entering info into Translating Latin American Fiction. This book has had a huge impact on translators ever since it was first published, and there was even a huge celebration of Jill at the Ozdamar was born in Turkey and moved to Berlin because of her interest in German theater.

Each of the three translators did a different Larissa Kyzer is one of our regular reviewers, in part because of her great interest in Scandinavian lit. As noted in the Literary Saloon today is the year-anniversary of the Complete Review.

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Which kind of has people a bit worked up. When I was at Dalkey, a Kirkus Daniela Hurezanu—a translator and author who wrote a great review for us of Memory Glyphs—makes this book sound A Three Percent favorite. Before the end of this review, I am going to try to convince you that Volpi I would be tempted to apologize for the self-promotional nature of posting a review of one of our Furl October 28, Articles 0 Comment. A hilarious blend of absurdist, futurist and surrealist sensibilities, this new and only complete translation of Ilf and This is overly personal, but this review is a confluence of four of my favorite people, publishers, and authors.

Over the past few years, New Directions has put together what is arguably the best collection of contemporary Latin American literature available from any single publisher. And Horacio Castellanos Moya. Bolano is a personal favorite, and I think this latest translation is very charming: Great piece by Christopher Byrd that opens: Monica is one of our long-time reviewers and runs the always excellent Salonica World Lit website. The latest addition to our Reviews section is a piece by Dan Vitale on A.

Yehoshua is considered to be one of the greatest Israeli writers Appelfeld has had a number of titles translated into English, including Badenheim and The Story of a Long review for a long book that sounds pretty intriguing if not in need of a bit of editing: Pretty interesting book at least for the first two-thirds about a future Sweden where those who are unwed and childless at the age of 50 have to live the rest of their lives in Over the past decade, Seven Stories has brought out a number of Annie The latest addition to our review section is a piece by Margarita Shalina bookseller at St.

Pretty interesting book from a very interesting author: The first time I heard of Juan Filloy was during an editorial trip to Biblioasis is one of the most Larissa Kyzer—who has reviewed a number of books for us—wrote this piece, which makes the book sound both quiet and compelling: The most recent addition to our review section is a piece by Daniela Hurezanu on Memory Glyphs: Like all TSP books, the This was a great week for Open Letter books, with three of our recent releases getting some nice coverage: Meanwhile, these two men are just trying to win one in a row.

A bittersweet comedy about the need for family in us all. The second way comes with brownies at intermission. Be prepared to be enchanted seven times over. It is theatre that cleverly theatricalises the everyday in a way that is both startling and funny. It is a celebration of narrative, of the power of the theatre to make fantasy real. It commemorates the childhood one never had, the friends wished for but never gained, the desires never acknowledged. Anna, Ruth and Peter await the arrival of their newborn child, but first they must rid the crowded apartment of their three imaginary children.

This is possibly the most moving and engrossing gay play since Beautiful Things. Nigel loves his hedonistic lifestyle—he has a long-term boyfriend, goes clubbing and has lots of sex in their open relationship. DUMB SHOW offers a mesmerising, utterly persuasive account of a classic tabloid sting…a furious, black-comic satire on the bankrupt values of our tabloid culture. Courted at the end of his show by bankers John and Jane, TV star Barry believes he is to get the five-star treatment that he deserves.

However, urged to provide a candid account of his offstage life and views, the Barry that emerges is the least of the surprises in the tense game of power and manipulation that ensues. For a number of years, Lilja has been visited by miracles. Along the way Beth must confront her own assumptions about faith, spirituality and the intrinsic value of human life.

In this dark comedy, wily, manipulative Emily Mavin has summoned her uptight Manhattanite brother, Michael, to their family home in Maryland, using the excuse that their father, Samuel, has suffered a mild heart attack. She insists Michael begin immediately, without ever returning to his wife and daughter in Manhattan. Meanwhile, the big question, what will become of Emily after Samuel dies, also troubles Michael. Michael, unable to emotionally handle Emily and unwilling to inflict her wild mood swings on his New York family, plots to place her in a group home for schizophrenics while Samuel hopes to have Emily move up to New York and live with Michael and his family.

As each one maneuvers to make their individual plan succeed, something entirely different occurs. We begin to see the complex relationship that exists between the caregivers and those receiving care and observe the fine line that separates normalcy from insanity in each member of this family.

Interestingly, as the conniving, jockeying and wicked game-playing continue late into the night, Samuel and Michael start to see the beauty and strength of Emily and finally begin to look at her in a new light. Besides showing how a global conflict affects a family seemingly far removed from it, she also points out how differently men and women feel about war and parenthood.

Faced with the prospect of his enlistment, they find themselves on opposite sides of one of the most profound questions any mother or father can face. Rogers has fashioned a singular and haunting detective story. At three different periods in time, three Americans find themselves alone, in the same hotel room overlooking the Spanish Steps in Rome: They each tell their individual story of how and why they are here.

Their relationship to each other, what this room means to them, and why they have been called to it slowly reveal themselves. Their stories spill out, weave back and forth—each contradicting, clarifying, deepening what the others say— becoming strands of one gripping and disquieting tale. In the bedroom of a Brooklyn Heights brownstone, three ambitious college freshmen confront the discovery of an unpublished manuscript that can guarantee success. His best friend, Chris, is coming over with his new girlfriend from college, Elizabeth. Elizabeth is a famous author and David an aspiring one.

But when Chris makes a run to get their drugs for the evening it becomes clear that David and Elizabeth have a secret history. To make matters worse, Chris returns with shocking news and a stack of pages that will change their lives forever. It appears that their supplier, a famous and famously reclusive author, has died of a drug overdose. After discovering the body, Chris managed to salvage the only copy of his final work from the scene. As the bright young things scrap over what to do with the manuscript, their plotting is by turns hilarious and startlingly cruel. They spin out of control on their manipulative quest for fame and, ultimately, revenge.

Little is what it seems, and no one can be trusted as plot twists pile up, and the play hurtles towards a surprise ending. His play is a lucid, sharply etched map. PEN is about a Long Island family at a pivotal moment in their lives. Confined to a wheelchair, Helen and her son, Matt, are locked in a relationship where love, guilt, recriminations and the ever-present desire to make things right all share centerstage.

In addition, Jerry is about to marry his new girlfriend and has yet to figure out how to tell them. Caught in the middle of all this is Matt. What happens next is at once unexpected and inevitable. The relationship between mother and son takes a mysterious turn, allowing the three of them to consider options that were up to now impossible.

Will Matt make it to college? Will Jerry get remarried or will Helen and he get back together? PEN is a sly, perceptive play about the deep bonds that hold a family together and the harsh truths that tear them apart. Nothing is as it seems, and the unfathomable mysteries of God, religion, bigotry, suspicion, love and sexual rapture constellate all three strivers into doing and not doing what they believe is right.

Into truth-telling and lying to get what they want. Into revealing and hiding their true fears and feelings. Until a pregnancy, a longstanding betrayal and a cataclysmic act of real terrorism overtake them and change everything for everyone, leaving in the wake no clear path to follow. It raises questions as it challenges our assumptions about race. Now—right now—what does it mean to be a white American? What does it mean for any American to live in a country that is not the one you were promised? Martin, a Brooklyn—born high powered attorney for a white-shoe law firm in St.

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Through heartwrenching confessions, they wrestle with guilt, prejudice, and the price they and their children must pay for their actions. A man just out of prison trying to stay straight, a strange loner down the hall who writes pornographic greeting cards, a violent ex-con who wants to settle old scores. Magical happenings bloom beneath the snowdrifts.

John Cariani aims for the heart by way of the funny bone. These nine tales of love in the time of frostbite have a winning glow that proves surprisingly contagious. Playwright John Cariani employs elements of magical realism as he explores the mysteries of the human heart in this delightful new comedy. On a Friday night in the middle of winter, residents of a small, mythical town in far northern Maine are falling in and out of love at an alarming rate. It is a play of love, death, and grief: Nobody can ignore the fact that Myra is dying, but in the meantime life goes on.

There are boilers to be fixed, cats to be fed and the perfect funeral to be planned. She longs for a family connection but ends up with a family crisis. In an impoverished farmhouse in rural upstate New York, her fifteen-year-old half-sister is pregnant—and wants to give up her baby. Her mother—a stubborn, introverted woman who carves rough rock sculptures as a way to express her frustrations—wants her to keep it.

Her grandmother wants to be boss. Armed with good intentions and a desire to help her new family, the dancer arrives at their door. It rattles with sly wit and with the great narrative drama that can be dug from the past. Angela Hart has spent the better part of her career searching for a voluptuous naked Aphrodite sculpted by Praxitiles in the fourth century B.

Her colleague and friend Victor Reid, a gay black anthropologist specializing in Queer Theory, steals a broken glazed arm from an excavation led by her professional nemesis, British archaeologist Nigel Edwards, and Angela begins to study it. Ultimately the statue is never found, but the heat generated by the search yields its own delicious rewards. A wealthy New York couple, strained to the breaking point by caring for their severely disabled daughter, Emily, weigh their own happiness against that of their child—with shocking consequences. The play offers several outstanding monologues, some tender, some searing, and one unforgettable.

Shinn sees and hears people as they are, and his greatest strength is his ability to reproduce onstage the clumsy poetry of natural human interaction. That skill is rarer than you might think. A former rock-and-roll wild child, haunted by the suicide of a Seattle rock legend, struggles with the rebellion of her own iPod-obsessed teenage daughter.

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The result is an urgent work of theatrical bravura and an unflinching examination of the very nature and purpose of art. Major Waller is like a figure out of Conrad—bloodshot and ravaged, accused of enigmatic crimes, half-mad with memory. Nelson, a former war correspondent, brings eloquence to this wartime drama. But American troops now find themselves fighting a long, costly war against the people they originally came to liberate.

Major Littleton Waller, an aristocratic Marine with a distinguished record, has been charged with killing prisoners of war—in an act he calls fully justified. Stricken by disease, anguish and a profound sense of betrayal, Waller is allowed special quarters to recuperate over the night before he receives his verdict. There he is guarded by John Hanley, a young corporal who is eager to penetrate the mysteries of counter-insurgency ethics and strategy.

Hanley is assisted by Maridol Amaya, a young Filipina nurse who must balance her personal loyalties against her commitment to the healing arts. Army General Adna Chaffee, who set the court-martial in motion, is simultaneously at war with the insurgents, Washington armchair generals and American public opinion. Nelson treats all of her characters with sympathy and touches of humor. Despite the dark subject matter, this is a wonderfully funny play that takes a fresh look at damaged people and how they find refuge in each other. The protagonist, Dani, a seventeen-year-old girl, sparkles and thrusts her way through the play with a rage-fuelled energy.

Her mother, Jan, tries to come to terms with emptynest syndrome and an absent husband, whilst Lewis, a lovesick boy in his twenties, tries to woo Dani despite his inexperience. This passionate triangle explores the conflict between love and sacrifice. Carol Mulroney stands on her roof, watching the sparkling lights of the city below. Her rooftop is her hideaway, her haven, her solace from the chaotic world below. But the roof is being overrun by the inevitable messiness of life and the people in it.

Over the fragmented course of a day, Carol will stay on her roof and seek to make connections with those to whom she is closest—her husband, her best friend, her father and someone new. In each encounter she will try to make sense of who she is in relation to these insane, loving, unintentionally hurtful people. She will look for value in the chaos and meaning in the hope, refusing to give in to falseness or a second-rate way of living.

And in the end she will find connection on her own defiant terms. There are not many other shows around that can make you laugh and think at the same time. When marketing consultant Steven Gold invites near strangers to dinner, his wife, Patty, helps put their home in order. Just back from a business trip to Chicago, Steve is rattled by encounters with his childhood friend Artie and his overbearing client Peter Hamish. When the alluring Jane and her reticent spouse, Fred, arrive, the safe shell protecting hosts and guests starts to crumble.

Goaded by the women they love and haunted by memories they can no longer suppress, two men confront the lies of their lives. With so many flashy new ways to communicate, why are we still so bad at it? Faustus has it all—fame, success, a loving family, but a careless wager with a beguiling magician threatens everything. With the arrival of a mysterious magician, he agrees to wager the life of his family on the accuracy and authenticity of his discovery. In scope and theatrical sensibility, FAUSTUS represents a big departure for Mamet, melding resplendent language and metaphysics in an eerie and moving retelling of the tragedy of Doctor Faustus.

At the beginning of the new play an unseen voice warns the audience that there are five obscenities in the play. A furious baby, her puzzled parents range from solid burghers to drug-addicted hippies. Veronica, already scarred by too many failed relationships, finds the world a frightening place.

Skylab, an American space station that came crashing down to earth, in particular, haunts and enrages her. So she has committed suicide, and is now in what she expected to be heaven but is instead something called the Bardo the netherworld in Tibetan Buddhism , and the forces there keep trying to make her reincarnate. A lovely if strong-willed Indian spirit guide named Maryamma, however, is intent on getting Veronica back to earth so she can learn the lessons her soul is supposed to learn.

Peter and the pearly gates. We need things to move faster! From a safe distance, the picture is savagely funny. But when you get close enough, it looks like hell. Every element of this production coheres into a successful whole. What happens if you just stop showering? As her smell starts to overwhelm her co-workers and many casual lovers—a series of bad poets— the play raises the questions: Is dirty living a political act?

And is clean living even possible in these times of unrest? An unlikely story of love and dirty people. The mother-child relationship, which, for so many people, is the paradigm for all relationships to come, is profoundly felt, highly complicated and genuinely multi-faceted. MOMBO explores this unique relationship through nine short plays, each of which examines the contours of this dyad. The plays plumb the reality of this relationship but also leap off into wholly unexpected imaginings of the lengths to which mothers and children will travel to make each other crazy.

In turn wildly comic, poignant, tender and wry, the nine plays that comprise MOMBO will make audiences reflect on and reconsider their own relationships with their mothers and their children in a truly universal and eminently accessible theatre experience.

In this heartfelt comedy, the privileged lives of two Upper East Side teens are irrevocably changed when their father is accused of insider trading. Two brothers look at the world with the hilarious observations of boys on the brink of adulthood. A transcendent and deeply affecting new play, which shifts perfectly from hilarity to grief. The dialogue is most impressive for capturing the awkwardness and pain of thinking people faced with an unthinkable situation—and eventually, their capacity for survival, and even hope.

Becca and Howie Corbett have everything a family could want, until a life-shattering accident turns their world upside down and leaves the couple drifting perilously apart. Loretta thinks she is a machine. Her father, Monty, seeks independence and a place in history.

Will Loretta learn the secret she needs to hear? Will Monty forgive her for a slap across the face that broke the rules? A play about the body, love and contradiction. A cornucopia of theatrical delights, there is so much to please the eye and the ear. The play is a fascinating mix of insightful exploration and simple poetic imagery. TEA is a wonderful piece of work. It is what great theater is all about. Four women come together to clean the house of a fifth after her tragic suicide upsets the balance of life in their small Japanese immigrant community in the middle of the Kansas heartland.

The spirit of the dead woman returns as a ghostly ringmaster to force the women to come to terms with the disquieting tension of their lives and find common ground so that she can escape from the limbo between life and death, and move on to the next world in peace—and indeed carve a pathway for their future passage. Set in Junction City, Kansas, ; and netherworlds. When a family tragedy deals the Hammond family a dose of dubious celebrity, Justin finds himself paralyzed, unable to fully grieve or grow up.

In a world as weird as this one, she might just be both. The result looks a lot like reality TV, and thereby implicates our own real-life viewing behavior. You get one million dollars to spend over the next seven days. A camera crew follows your every move and broadcasts your adventures on national television. At the end of the week…you die. The viewing audience gets to vote on the method of your death!

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For hard-luck Eldon Phelps, the deal is irresistible. But does America have the stomach for this much reality? Stay tuned… 3 men, 3 women doubling. An arresting, ambitious tale of race relations and the military mindset, filled with the provocative questions and bristling with dialogue for which John Patrick Shanley, a fierce moral sage, is known. A lean, powerful fist of a play. With rare compassion, rigor and craft, Shanley again makes a frontal attack on a subject we think we know too well, and proves otherwise.

Shanley once again poses aptly thorny questions about faith and loyalty. Two officers, one black and one white, are on a collision course over race, women and the high cost of doing the right thing. This riveting, surprising new work is about power, love and responsibility—who has it, who wants it and who deserves it. Waldo is having a bad day. His therapist wants to seduce him. His ex-girlfriend could spontaneously combust at any moment. And the new woman in his life seems to want something else completely.

Will he manage to find true love—or at least mow the lawn? Getting beauty tips from her popular friend, seeking career advice on how to be a porn star from a guidance counselor who may or may not be having an affair with her, and searching for love from the football jock who may barely even knows she exists, Charlotte finds herself searching in fantasy for what she cannot find in reality, and ends up destroying the life and dreams of perhaps the only friend she ever really had. These themes create a suspense that terrorizes the audience It takes courage to write such a play.

Lee Blessing is a brilliant writer. The trouble is, it is all too believable. Mother can t tell her identical twins apart. But when Otto announces his brother doesn t exist, the household descends into chaos. Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winner Edward Albee is in top form with this dark, funny and moving play that takes sibling rivalry to existential heights. That includes, by the way, all personal pronouns and proper names This may be the work of an old master, but it pulses with the enthusiasm of a love-struck neophyte. It may also be seen and enjoyed simply as a loony comedy of fraternal conflict and familial discord as triggered by neurotic parental choices.

Moreover, it is a clever consideration of how children might attempt to free themselves from the burden of being acceptable and easily defined. Mistakes is a gargantuan epic of the French Revolution which Felix thinks is going to be his ticket to professional and personal redemption turns out it s a croissant-lined highway to hell! But maybe, just maybe, if Felix can pull it all together things just might, maybe, work out. A compact cosmic gem of philosophy and funny-business from the Emmy-nominated writer of Six Feet Under and the awardwinning playwright of Lady, Grace and The Pavilion.

An exquisite piece of comic writing I won t be missing anymore of his plays, and neither should you. I can t remember the last time I laughed so hard and so often at the theater. Gentlemen, my hat isn t just off; it s yet to come to earth Wright is clearly distilling a career s worth of showbiz experience in Artifex. Nevertheless, the character transcends his milieu. Everyone knows an Artifex. Wright s play is a doozy a deceptively deep, fiendishly mapped look at warped priorities, artistic compromise and the hunger for success, with show biz what else? Inspired by hilarious memories of a childhood etiquette class, playwright Jeffrey Hatcher conjures up the world of a ten-year-old Order Acting Editions New Plays studying manners.

Mannerly is a demanding teacher, and no student in her thirty-six years of etiquette classes has achieved a perfect score. But when he discovers her secret past, Young Jeffrey is determined to be the first to achieve this feat. This unique comic tale reveals truths about the face we present and the real selves that lie inside. MANNERLY is a hilarious comedy narrated by Hatcher recounting his experiences studying manners and etiquette as a ten-year-old as taught by a very demanding and controlling teacher.

Hatcher s brilliance as a master storyteller richly entertains us all along the way a thousand laughs It will have you rolling in the aisles laughing uncontrollably and hysterically. How did I come to be me? The usual responses to such queries often spring from religion, existentialism or me-generation solipsism.

MANNERLY, as in some of his other recent works, playwright Hatcher has been probing beneath these questions with his usual charm and irreverence and gives us insights into a few of the influences that formed Jeffrey Hatcher, American wit. MANNERLY is the title character in Jeffrey Hatcher s delicious little play about a stand-up student named Jeffrey and the time he spends in a etiquette class under the tutelage of a mysterious and wonderfully well-mannered teacher.

An absolutely charming night of theater. This is a ticket that everyone who loves good manners and live theater should have. Hatcher s dialogue is typically smart, funny, and subversive talking about manners class, young Jeffrey remarks, It was like we were going to church only we cared. Nowhere here are we asked to do much more than luxuriate in witty dialogue delivered with a deft touch. Alex DelFlavio is an ambitious downtown artist who plans to include sexually explicit photographs in his uptown show to advance his career.

Nan Bemiss, the wife of a Republican senator who is running for the presidency and a gallery board member, appeals to DelFlavio to remove three of his most offensive photographs for the opening. Unexpectedly, Nan is liberated in the process. A wry and sometimes savage look at how both artists and politicians turn the sacred love, sex, family and even death into marketable commodities. Cynthia Karslake is a freewheeling divorcee in New York City society. She has decided to settle down again into a much more stable, reliable relationship with the prominent Judge Philip Phillimore.

Little does she know, however, that neither of their bombastic and blowsy ex-spouses, nor her beloved racehorse Cynthia K is yet down for the count. In this sharp-tongued comedy, David Auburn enlivens and enriches a little-known play from a century ago, and shines a surprisingly contemporary light on social mores, status and attitudes about sex and divorce in high society. Auburn has crafted a dandy little work He s done more than adapt Mitchell s play; he s essentially rebuilt it from the ground up.

Pulitzer Prize winning playwright David Auburn highlights all of the tropes of screwball comedy that audiences love. Office Hours by A. Out with the old and in with the new. Across college campuses in the 70s, teachers and students engaged in a battle of their own making education relevant. Just as Juliana Smithton s research leads to a potential breakthrough, her life takes a disorienting turn.

During a lecture to colleagues at an exclusive beach resort, she glimpses an enigmatic young woman in a yellow bikini amidst the crowd of business suits. One step at a time, a mystery unravels as contradictory evidence, blurred truth and fragmented memories collide in a cottage on the windswept shores of Cape Cod.

Sudden flares of uncontrolled feeling appear like lightning flashes from a sky that was clear just moments before Gradually our faith in this seemingly most reliable of narrators is undermined by deftly disclosed pieces of information. And that we d liked it. Four stars [an] engrossing new drama. White s first major New York production shows him as a crack craftsman who knows how to hook an audience. White juggles the various pieces of his play with a skillful hand, folding them together with an uncanny ability to know exactly how much to give away and when.

A funny and moving portrait of the unrequited life of Rosalind Franklin, one of the great female scientists of the twentieth century, and her fervid drive to map the contours of the DNA molecule. A chorus of physicists relives the chase, revealing the unsung achievements of this trail-blazing, fiercely independent woman. A play about ambition, isolation, and the race for greatness. What playwright Anna Ziegler has achieved in her intriguing portrait of the British scientist Rosalind Franklin is a remarkable balance of scientific subject matter and theatrical storytelling a play that glows with intelligence and humanity.

This is a complex story filled with complex characters that Ziegler tells with clarity and economy. It s a pleasure to be in the presence of such assured writing. She gives full weight to Franklin s achievement without allowing the play to become a feminist tract or turning Franklin s thieving male cohorts and competitors into dyed-in-the-wool villains. This tale of a lone, wondrous woman amidst a casual conspiracy of men makes for compelling theater Dr.

Rosalind Franklin deserves greater fame, just as this play about her deserves a wider audience. The play honors Franklin s achievements and rues her relative obscurity, but it also returns to her the ambiguities and complexities that a real human being deserves The play presents Franklin as a prickly and strong-willed woman who was sabotaged by her own personality: Distrustful of her colleagues and aware of her outsider status as a Jewish woman, she refused to collaborate with Watson and Crick If she had been willing to fraternize with the other scientists, could she have reached the double helix first?

On the other hand, would a woman with a more accommodating spirit have gotten as far as Franklin did? Who knew science could make for such terrific theatre? Jack and Beatrice are twins. They have no grandparents. They have no uncles or aunts and no cousins. And now, they have no mom and dad. The one person who can look after them is their godmother, Sophie, who arrives at their remote rural family home, shocked and unprepared. Sophie has not seen the children since they were tiny too tiny for them to remember her, and undoubtedly too little to remember what caused her long, enforced absence.

But as the three of them return to the isolated home at the end of a forest, their collective grief triggers a tragic attempt to remember, repair and recreate the past. This haunting play gets under your skin and stays there for days A serious examination of grief and childhood loss PIECES is daring, frightening and deeply human. The story drops like flower petals at our feet and becomes a carpet of mystery without us noticing until we are up to our necks in the tale. Terrific makes Pinter seem benign in comparison this is a contemporary fairytale whose psychological surety will leave you in pieces.

Spine-tingling exquisitely nuanced Hywel John s first play is a fascinating piece, always gripping, often very funny, beautifully paced. Who should make art? What does art make of its maker? And how much Order Acting Editions New Plays should art cost, anyway? The conversation that comes out when these guys sit down and try to figure it all out is an art in itself. Written partly in response to cuts in arts endowments and education, [the play] belongs to a fine old British tradition of establishment-challenging theater. And there s no denying that Mr.

Hall makes a valiant case for art as a fruitful stimulant to sleepy minds excitingly ambiguous, in-the-moment theater, as rich and intriguing as Art as we are told here is meant to be. Acclaimed playwright Laura Wade explores the lives of the young, wealthy and privileged. In an oak-panelled room in Oxford, ten youngbloods with cut-glass vowels and deep pockets are meeting, intent on restoring their right to rule. Members of an elite student dining society, the boys are bunkering down for a wild night of debauchery, decadence and bloody good wine.

But this isn t the last huzzah: They re planning a takeover. Welcome to the Riot Club. Laura Wade s depiction of wealth and privilege is savagely funny. Beautifully observed, very funny Wade s gifts as a satirist are beyond doubt. In this riotously funny Southern-fried comedy, the three Verdeen cousins Gaynelle, Peaches and Jimmie Wyvette could not have picked a worse time to throw their family reunion.

Their outrageous antics have delighted local gossips in the small town of Sweetgum just down the road from Fayro and the eyes of Texas are upon them, as their self-righteous Aunt LaMerle is quick to point out. Having accidentally crashed her minivan through the bedroom wall of her husband s girlfriend s doublewide, Gaynelle is one frazzled nerve away from a spectacular meltdown.

Peaches, a saucy firebrand and the number one mortuarial cosmetologist in the tri-county area, is struggling to decide if it s time to have her long-absent trucker husband declared dead. And Jimmie Wyvette, the rough-around-theedges store manager of Whatley s Western Wear, is resorting to extreme measures to outmaneuver a priss-pot neighbor for the affections of Sweetgum s newest widower.

But the cousins can t back out of the reunion now. It s on and Gaynelle s hosting it; Peaches and Jimmie Wyvette have decided its success is the perfect way to prove Gaynelle s sanity to a skeptical court-appointed psychologist. Unfortunately, they face an uphill battle as a parade of wildly eccentric Verdeens gathers on the hottest day of July, smack-dab in the middle of Texas tornado season. Things spin hilariously out of control when a neighbor s pet devours everything edible, a one-eyed suitor shows up to declare his love and a jaw-dropping high-stakes wager is made on who bakes the best red velvet cake.

As this fast-paced romp barrels toward its uproarious climax, you ll wish your own family reunions were this much fun! While Carrie and Molly would never hang out together at high school, the two form a fragile bond during their job at a local farm stand.

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Molly convinces Carrie to join her on an unexpected road trip, which deepens their connection. Sam, Carrie s eleven-year-old sister, joins them and creates the bridge the older girls need to move forward. All three girls are keeping secrets, which unfold over the course of their adventure. Throughout the play, Carrie recalls the life of Anne Frank, the subject of a highschool composition.

Carrie wonders if everybody isn t living in hiding in their own secret annex. The girls true selves begin to emerge; their ride is both a physical and emotional one. The play offers a terrific opportunity for three young actresses. Every single aspect of the play is pitch perfect [an] incredibly witty and heartfelt script There is only one word to describe the play: Eric Lane has written a beautiful, powerful play about love, loss, obligation, friendship and family.

Each character s dialogue is absolutely on target, modern, honest, authentic, warm and humorous. It s the weekend of the New York City Marathon, and Stephen, preparing for his first race, needs a good night s sleep. Emily, his wife s old roommate, shows up unexpectedly in the wee hours of the morning. In crisis and unable to find a hotel room, Emily is returning to the apartment she once lived in and where, years ago, she and Stephen may or may not have met. Seeing her old home brings back memories and Stephen, dealing with his own troubles with marriage and work, is jarred from his complacency and forced to face his failures.

Late night conversations become late night confessions and connections. Will Stephen be running on empty? The audience gets to know the characters as they get to know each other over the course of the night. Their talk becomes 20 Apply for Rights. Hutton, best known for The Nibroc Trilogy, has a fine ear for the fits and starts of conversation the loose, thinking-it-through-as-we-go quality is part of its charm. Accomplished playwright Arlene Hutton has written a smart, funny script with a strong narrative and complete studies of two identifiable characters a very real, human drama.

Arlene Hutton s slick, frequently insightful RUNNING investigates the titular action as a means of coping with life s disappointments a strong showcase for Hutton s wit and craft. In SHOTGUN, set four months after the collapse of defective levees in New Orleans, a white man and his teenaged son, having lost their house to the flood, rent half of a shotgun duplex from an African-American woman, whose father has lost his home in the Lower Ninth Ward and moved in with her. Even living under one roof, though, the two families find a wall still runs between them.

But like the city s levees, can it, too, be breached? It s the narrow focus of this new play that shakes you Human drama doesn t have to look huge to be heartbreaking. A moving exploration of a ravaged New Orleans. The New Orleans Times-Picayune. And it s fascinating. Biguenet s ear for dramatic, natural dialogue is so adroit, you cannot turn your eyes and mind from his play. It s Hollywood, Two very different brothers one an extravagant visionary, the other a plain-speaking numbers man run a movie studio famous for its cartoon dog, Petey Pup.

Gifted Tony longs to move beyond Petey and create a feature-length animated film set to classical music. His loyal brother Dale manages everything: Humming with humor and brimming with humanity, Dale and Tony show the remarkable ways brothers support each other in spite of it all.

An ambitious play about the fundamental bonds and challenges of polar opposite partners. Adam Wyatt has the perfect family and a perfect record as an air traffic controller. When the pilot of a small plane suffers a heart attack, Adam must talk a terrified passenger through an emergency landing. What happens next will link him inextricably to a woman he s never met and set the life he once knew irrevocably adrift. Crackles with edge-of-seat urgency Willimon shows a sharp ear for real-life dialogue. This play flies into abstract territory, but eventually all becomes clear.

It s a spooky reminder of how our lives can suddenly plunge into a tailspin. Dael Orlandersmith, combines theatre, poetry and music in a powerful, sizzling, fierce symphony of the diverse voices that make up her neighborhood people drawn from both her life and her imagination. She introduces us to a range of characters from an elderly Polish Holocaust survivor who has a chance meeting with Billie Holiday; to a poetic young junkie; to a teenage Puerto Rican punk; to a washed-up rock n roll star; to a seventy-year-old New Yorker from Harlem heading to the West Village to see Nina Simone.

New Plays here of wryly analytical onlooker who can absorb both the pathos and the irony unfolding all around her. Orlandersmith is a consummate storyteller her real achievement is to make you aware of the shape of language itself. How words rise and fall, become dense, then light, gently erotic, then tense with rage like the architecture and energy of a city block.

His daughter is caught between them and the entire university community is up in arms. The personal and political collide in this stunning new play about loyalty, power and torture memos. Playwright White has much to say that audiences need to hear. The prosperous Orgon is plagued by insecurities, and the growing independence of his family isn t helping.

This strict religious counselor has moved into the household to lay down the law. At least that s how he represents his actions. The family s fight against his tyranny despite servant Dorine s raucous outspokenness, daughter Mariane s tearful resistance, second wife Elmire s elegant strategems, brother-in-law Cleante s reasoned arguments, and son Damis near-mayhem at last seems lost, and the loathsome Biblethumper seems about to take all for himself. A fresh, funny, venturesome approach to a hilarious and ever-timely classic. Described by the author as a comedy, a caprice and an extravagance, it is widely considered to be Pierre Corneille s masterpiece.

A hilarious evening of short plays about the foibles of stage actors and those who love them. Two women of a certain age prepare for a theater outing in LOST. These pieces are slices of life and character studies shrewdly observed. New Orleans Times Picayune. Sketch comedy that is both sophisticated and daffy. Unemployed and overwhelmed, Sherry retreats to her childhood bed and remains there until an unexpected employment opportunity gives her a renewed sense of purpose and hope.

Now if only her mother would come downstairs, her sister would get off the couch, her very first therapy patient would do just one of his take-home assignments, her new boss would leave his gun at home, and someone would catch the tiger that escaped from the local zoo, everything would be just perfect. An offbeat and nuanced comedy Rosenstock finds fresh humor and anguish in two outrageously troubled suburban families in a world of real danger. Rosenstock writes clever comic dialogue in a voice that is too smart to be cute.

There s something both sad and wise, after all, about redefining a mellow mood as meaning paralyzed with depression. Theirs is a partnership based on telling the toughest stories, and together, making a difference. But when their own story takes a sudden turn, the adventurous couple confronts the prospect of a more conventional life. Margulies is gifted at creating complex characters through wholly natural interaction, allowing the emotional layers, the long histories, the hidden kernels of conflict to emerge organically.

Throughout, his dialogue crackles with bright wit and intelligence. Can you be a dispassionate, uninvolved observer of horrific events, recording them for posterity and still keep a sense of right and wrong, not to mention your sanity? A splendid theatrical experience culminates in the author s taking no sides and providing no easy answers. What we get is the assiduously impartial, clarifying confrontation of the existential dilemmas that confront all of us.

A solid play taut and well-constructed, with hardly a single detail extraneous. But when Harry doesn t trust that any of it is enough, he looks to find something real in the most unlikely of places. This dark comedy explores the corrosive effect of power on relationships and the hope we need to make them better. Weitz understands the nastiness that lurks within sweet, passive men.

Funny, crisp and modern, it s solid, provocative theater trust me. The thread of melancholy and loneliness that runs throughout TRUST never snaps, even as each member of the quartet appears to get what he or she needs most. It is not often that we get a truly amoral play: Weitz s writing is always trenchant, humorously unsettling, and horribly believable.

People may be bugs, as Prudence remarks, but here they are bugs gifted with prime dialogue. Into his empty audition room walks a vulgar and equally desperate actress oddly enough, named Vanda. Though utterly wrong for the sophisticated part, Vanda exhibits a strange command of the material, piquing Thomas interest with her seductive talents and secretive manner. As the two work through the script, they blur the line between play and reality, entering into an increasingly serious game of submission and domination that only one of them can win.

A mysterious, funny, erotic drama that represents yet another departure for the multifaceted David Ives. The teeter-tottering test of wills that takes place in VENUS IN FUR makes even the most fraught encounter between a domineering director and a sensitive performer seem like a play date in the sandbox. Actors may be pleased to hear that in this ninety minutes of good, kinky fun, the upper hand does not necessarily belong to the usual suspect.

Ives has crafted a modern take on a classic tale, skillfully twisting his plot and characters in a fast-paced journey into one man s entrapment by a clever, vengeful female. His sister, Molly, has a nasty habit of writing graffiti on the back wall of the local police precinct. Officer Order Acting Editions Lelly Santiago is a socially awkward college student who may have discovered that the Arroyo siblings late mother was one of the founders of hip-hop music.

Sometimes you can believe the hype the play blends streetwise exuberance with deep melancholy undercurrents. A personal, charming, clever play with a hip-hop bent this work demonstrates a genuinely honest voice, an energetic, playful theatricality solid storytelling rooted in character. Jackson has a talent for taking stale formats that invite playwriting gimmickry and infusing the scenario with surprise and honesty.

With four generations of fathers and sons, their mothers, lovers and wives, the play is epic in its scope, yet at the same time extraordinarily intimate. Bovell has created a quietly spellbinding puzzle of a universe that is as stealthily thrilling and defiantly mystical as it is catastrophically melancholy. Bovell s time-hopping structure is intricate but surprisingly natural never strained or purposely obfuscating.

Rather, as in the works of Faulkner, it is a powerful metaphor for the impossibility of escaping the past, for the way we are all shaped by what came before and are living in the shadow of what comes next. Bovell s play is weighty stuff, a work of great sorrow and beauty.

Bovell weaves in symbolic imagery and the repetition of key phrases. This gives a surreal feel to the enterprise, without lessening its emotional impact. Subtitled a political fantasy, the play shows George W. Bush on the verge of turning himself over to the International Criminal Court in the Hague for illegal acts committed during his presidency.

He spends his last night of freedom in the penthouse of a five-star Dutch hotel with a view of the sea. Keeping him company are Piet, a highlevel hotel employee, and Anna-Lisa, a beautiful and mysterious younger woman. George s anxiety about tomorrow causes him to vent eight years worth of angers and frustrations, indulge in an orgy of self-justification and party like he was back at Yale.

Throughout the night, Piet and Anna-Lisa accede to his every whim, even as their reasons for doing so grow more and more disturbing. Whether you fall into the pro or no column when it comes to George W. Blessing has plenty of fun with George, as he calls him, but he points a darker finger at the rest of us, Americans and Europeans alike whose hands are clean enough to judge? Gabriel York is awaiting the arrival of his grown son whom he hasn t seen since he was seven. I know what he wants.

He wants what all young men want from their fathers. He wants to know who he is. Where he comes from. And for the life of me I don t know what to tell him. That s the beginning of this compelling family saga that takes us back and forth in time from one generation to another, from to , from London to 24 Apply for Rights. T Variations The 49th Cousin 6: Daughters of the Revolution Continental Divide: Cook s Garden Dr. Barry s Etchings Mr. Charles, Currently of Palm Beach Mr. Flannery s Ocean Mr. Morton Waits for His Bus Mr. Williams and Miss Wood Mrs. Dally Has a Lover Mrs. Harper s Bazaar Mrs.

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