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Title:
Side man
Author:
Leight, Warren.
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Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Grove Press, [1998]

©1998
Physical Description:
82 pages ; 21 cm
Language:
English
Reading Level:
NP Lexile.
Program Information:
Reading Counts RC High School 6.8 7 Quiz: 20474 Guided reading level: NR.
ISBN:
9780802136220
Format :
Book

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Summary

Lauded by Peter Marks of The New York Times as "powerfully unsettling...an enormously moving play," Side Man is the comic and tender story of Clifford, a young man who looks back on his family life; prior to leaving home, Clifford reconciles the role that he has long played as parent to his parents. Smoothly gliding between present and past, the play tells the story of a time before the Beatles and Elvis, when jazzmen were heroic like ballplayers and there was no shortage of Saturday-night gigs. Side Man is both a tribute to the men whose lives were their music and a sober look at a family drama left in the wake of that passion.


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Library Journal Review

Leight drew from his own experiences as the son of a jazz musician to write this Tony Award-winning 1998 play, a recent live- staged performance of which L.A. Theatre Works recorded and edited for audio. It is the story of grand hopes, failed dreams, and dysfunctional relationships, told by protagonist Clifford in a series of flashbacks spanning three decades. The cast-actors Kyle Colerider-Krugh, Garret Dillahunt, Kevin Geer, Christine Lahti, Joseph Lyle Talor, Frank Wood (who won a Tony Award for his performance in the original 1998 production), and Stephanie Zimbalist-does a superb job of rendering the characters, which include Clifford's parents, whose apartment is a gathering place for other musicians who figured seminally into Clifford's childhood. Recommended for all appreciators of a good audio drama.-Nann Blaine Hilyard, Zion-Benton P.L., IL (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.