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1/2/3/4 for the show : a guide to small-cast one-act plays. Volume 2
Heniford, Lewis W., 1928-
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Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, [1999]

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xxiv, 475 pages : illustrations ; 29 cm
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PN6120.O5 H462 1999 V.2 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize Non-Circ
PN6120.O5 H462 1999 V.2 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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A guide to small-cast, one-act plays. The author describes more than 2200 plays. For each play, the author provides synopses, quotations fron other sources, publishers, themes and quotes from others reviewers. Users can reference the plays through the author index and the cast size/gender index.

Author Notes

Lewis W. Heniford first became interested in the theatre in 1947, while directing a two-character one-act for a festival sponsored by the University of North Carolina Playmakers. He has taught drama and directed plays all over North America and the world.

Reviews 2

Library Journal Review

Following a successful first volume published in 1995, HenifordÄa drama teacher and librarianÄhas compiled a second volume that serves as a guide to 2200 one-act plays with fewer than five cast members. The new volume has been expanded by 25 percent. Improvements over the first volume include a synopsis of each play in the author index or main entry section. Additional information about each playÄincluding genre, theme, cast size, availability of scripts (sometimes with an Internet address), and often reviews or comments from other sourcesÄis included in the main entry section. There is also a cast/gender and title index. A number of the playwrights listed may be better known for full-length plays or other works (e.g., A.R. Gurney, Wendy Wasserstein, Moss Hart, Barry Schisgal, O. Henry). Heniford, who has made small-cast one-act plays his life's work, also offers a web site ( that contains some of the same material included here. This volume will be of use in libraries whose clientele have an interest in producing one-act plays and wherever the web site is not sufficient.ÄChristine E. Bulson, SUNY at Oneonta Lib. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

What is the small-cast one-act play, and why does it deserve these two meticulously researched guides? Heniford, an authority on this neglected genre, addresses those questions in these two volumes in a projected set of at least three. Each volume's preface outlines intent, viewpoint, audience, coverage, random research discoveries, and intriguing future possibilities, followed by a detailed introduction to alphabetical, cross-referenced indexes to one-act plays for as many as four characters. The most substantial and informative indexes in these volumes treat titles (classifying plays according to 14 combinations of cast size and gender, providing available information in the categories of title, genre, author, cast size, gender, and sources) and authors (the same data, plus length, language, setting, time, characters, synopsis, commentary, and theme). Cast size and gender are covered in a separate index in v.2, while v.1 lists sources. In v.1, "Playbills with Script Analyses" provides synopses and commentary for 80 plays, with 25 suggested thematic programs. Both volumes include annotated bibliographies, with v.1 distinguishing between primary and secondary sources and v.2 listing sources chronologically. A unique feature of v.1 is a glossary that briefly defines 80 dramatic genres, while sidebars in v.2 explore various aspects of one-act plays. Although v.2, with more than 2,000 new citations, indexes about 25 percent more plays than v.1, both volumes are valuable; academic libraries supporting theater curricula will want both. Librarians will find them useful in collection building. Play Index (v.1, 1949-52- ) indexes more plays, and by subject as well as by author, title, and cast, but individual entries are not so complete, and scope is not confined to one-act plays. Heniford's v.3 is awaited eagerly. M. C. Duhig; Library Center of Point Park College and Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh