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The theatre of the Holocaust, volume two : six plays
Skloot, Robert.
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Madison, Wis. : University of Wisconsin Press, [1999]

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viii, 407 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Introduction / Robert Skloot -- Camp comedy / Roy Kift -- The survivor and the translator / Leeny Sack -- Dreams of Anne Frank / Bernard Kops -- The model apartment / Donald Margulies -- The portage to San Cristobal of A. H. / George Steiner; adapted for the stage by Christopher Hampton -- H. I. D. (Hess is dead) / Howard Brenton.
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This second volume of The Theatre of the Holocaust, when combined with the first, represents an international collection of plays on the Shoah. Editor Skloot presents and comments on six plays that acknowledge the theatrical forms of the postmodern age. The plays are: Dreams of Anne Frank by Bernard Kops; Camp Comedy by Ray Kift; H.I.D. (Hess is Dead) by Howard Brenton; Portage to San Cristobal of A.H. by George Steiner; The Survivor and the Translator by Leeny Sack; and The Model Apartment by Donald Margulies.

Author Notes

Robert Skloot is professor in the Department of Theater and Drama and at the Center for Jewish Studies, University of Wisconsin--Madison, and author of The Darkness We Carry: The Drama of the Holocaust , published by the University of Wisconsin Press.

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Library Journal Review

The world, the theater, and our memory of mid-century events have changed since the first volume of this work was published in 1982. These are challenging plays that mark a radical departure in the artistic rendering of the Holocaust, forcing us to look beyond our assumptions about the artistic rendering of history. Roy Krift's Camp Comedy is a roundelay of illusions. Leeny Sack's The Survivor and the Translator presents memory over three generations in a one-woman tour de force. Bernard Kops's Dreams of Anne Frank is a play for children who may never have heard of Anne Frank, while Donald Margulies's The Model Apartment is a nightmare comedy of the impossibility of escaping memory. Derived from George Steiner's novella, Christopher Hampton's The Portage to San Cristobal of A.H. presents an alternative history. Finally, Howard Brenton's H.I.D. (Hess Is Dead) is a postmodern fragmentation of historical events to synthesize a new emotion about them. A very impressive collection; for theater history collections in public and academic libraries.√ĄThomas E. Luddy, Salem State Coll., MA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

This is Robert Skloot's second collection of theatrical pieces dealing with the Holocaust. Like volume 1 (CH, Mar'83), this is a playwright's collection: the plays are stage worthy, the introduction is intelligent and useful. All six contributors to the present volume are working professionals of proven merit. Roy Kift enjoys a considerable reputation as a translator and television dramatist in Europe, and his Camp Comedy clearly shows the influence of Brecht. Leeny Sack's second-generation memoir The Survivor and the Translator concerns what the solo performer heard about the Holocaust growing up. Well-known English dramatist Bernard Kops contributes Dreams of Anne Frank, which is intended for a young audience. The Model Apartment, by David Margulies, is a tormented play about tormented Holocaust survivors in the US. George Steiner's novella The Portage to San Cristobal of A.H. is adapted for the stage by Christopher Hampton. Howard Brenton's H.I.D.: (Hess Is Dead) is the final piece. Although this book is a useful addition to all collections, these dramatic works will not enter the corpus of 20th-century dramatic literature on the theme of the Holocaust. That place is reserved for the likes of Rolf Hochhuth's The Deputy (CH, Jun'64) and Robert Shaw's Man in the Glass Booth (CH, Dec'69). S. Gittleman Tufts University

Table of Contents

H. I. D. (Hess Is Dead), Howard Brenton A dramatic encounter with the ghosts that haunt modern Europe. Camp ComedyRoy Kift
The career of the noted actor Kurt Gerron who was ordered by the Nazis to a film of a concentration camp in order to deceive the Red Cross. Dreams of Anne FrankBernard Kops
The most famous Holocaust victim uses her extraordinary, artistic imagination to free herself from her attic prison through dreams of surrealistic wonder
The Model Apartment, Donald Margulies A sad journey of an elderly couple retiring to Florida turns into wild comedy
The Survivor and the Translator, Leeny Sack A performance art piece about the playwright's grandmother, a concentration camp survivor. Portage to San Cristobal ofA. H., George Steiner (adapted for stage and Christopher Hampton
The controversial political thriller based on the discovery of Adolf Hitler, at age 90, by an Israeli search party in the Brazilian jungle