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Contemporary scenes for actors, men
Earley, Michael.
Publication Information:
New York : Routledge/Theatre Arts Books, 1999.
Physical Description:
180 pages ; 20 cm
Notes to the actors -- Scenes for one man and one woman: The beauty queen of Leenane / Martin McDonagh -- Boys' life / Howard Korder -- Broken glass / Arthur Miller -- Closer / Patrick Marber -- Dog opera / Constance Congdon -- The Heidi chronicles / Wendy Wasserstein -- The lodger / Simon Burke -- The pitchfork Disney / Philip Ridley -- Raised in captivity / Nicky Silver -- Shopping and f***ing / Mark Ravenhill -- Simpatico / Sam Shepard -- Some voices / Joe Penhall -- Two / Jim Cartwright -- The woman who cooked her husband / Debbie Isitt -- Scenes for two men: Beautiful thing / Jonathan Harvey -- The cripple of Inishmaan / Martin McDonagh -- Dealer's choice / Patrick Marber -- The life of stuff / Simon Donald -- The Lisbon Traviata / Terrence McNally -- Mojo / Jez Butterworth -- The pitchfork Disney / Philip Ridley -- Search and destroy / Howard Korder -- Serving it up / David Eldridge -- Shopping and f***ing / Mark Ravenhill -- Simpatico / Sam Shepard -- Speed-the-plow / David Mamet -- Play sources -- Acknowledgements.
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PN2080 .C6485 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
PN2080 .C6485 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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First published in 1999. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Author Notes

Michael Earleyand Philippa Keilare the editors of TheClassical Monologue, The Modern Monologue and TheContemporary Monologue, all available from Routledge.

Reviews 1

Choice Review

Volumes such as these can be excellent sources for classroom work. For audition purposes, they often become trite and overused. Problems often occur at the college and university level with actors finding scenes to work on, but not being able to (or not trying to) track down the complete work. Over the years a series of books of this ilk have been published to assist actors in locating materials, particularly from not readily available sources; these kinds of books are an excellent source for finding short scenes ... and a shortcut for actors. Strong requirements for students to find the original source need to be included in any syllabus in use for the classroom. Libraries and faculty bookshelves are a good place to keep books such as the two under review. They both include unknown material (and frankly the more unknown the better), along with noted plays and playwrights (Shepard, Miller, Wasserstein, McNally). Most of the plays included were written within the last ten years. The cuttings are well chosen and balanced. The comments by the editors are well thought out and informative. These books are fine for college and advanced students, though the age ranges of many of the characters are outside the possibilities for 20 or 25-year-olds. J. H. Conger III Northern Kentucky University