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Ensemble Studio Theatre marathon '99 : the one-act plays
Ensemble Studio Theatre.
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New York : Faber and Faber, [2000]

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249 pages ; 21 cm
Deaf day / Leslie Ayvazian -- Up, down, strange, charmed, beauty, and truth / Edward Allan Baker -- War / Bill Bozzone -- The once attractive woman / Christine Farrell -- The golf ball / Frank D. Gilroy -- Dreamtime for Alice / Susan Kim -- Goodbye, Oscar / Romulus Linney -- Maiden Lane / Cassandra Medley -- In the Western garden / Stuart Spencer -- All about Al / Cherie Vogelstein -- The "I" work : interns / Michael Louis Wells.
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PS627.O53 E88 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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The annual anthology of original one-act plays from New York's premiere developmental theater--now a Faber paperback original The One-Act Plays: Deaf Dayby Leslie Ayvazian Up, Down, Strange, Charmed, Beauty, and Truthby Edward Allan Baker Warby Bill Bozzone The Once Attractive Womanby Christine Farrell The Golf Ballby Frank D. Gilroy Dreamtime for Aliceby Susan Kim Goodbye, Oscarby Romulus Linney Maiden Laneby Cassandra Medley In the Western Gardenby Stuart Spencer All About Alby Cherie Vegelstein The "I" Word: Internsby Michael Louis Wells The Ensemble Studio Theatre is best known for its Marathon of One-Act Plays, in which, over a period of six weeks, twelve plays receive their New York premieres. Included in the '99 anthology are Romulus Linney'sGoodbye Oscar, wherein Oscar Wilde, exiled in Paris, gravely ill, and fighting a losing battle with his wallpaper, meets Jesus Christ in a fifth-rate café; Stuart Spencer'sIn the Western Garden, set on the east end of Long Island where a once-great abstract artist grapples with the gradual loss of his mind while his art dealer scrambles to possess his rumored final masterpieces; and Susan Kim'sDreamtime for Alice, in which Alice, accidentally left behind by her tour bus in the Australian outback, examines the stark realities of her life in a neurotic, hilarious, and revealing monologue that rivals Woody Allen and Spalding Gray at their best. With work that ranges from the deeply affecting to the sublimely funny by both established and up-and-coming playwrights, this anthology is a must for anyone interested in what's happening in theater on a grassroots level.

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Library Journal Review

Once again, the pieces presented by the Ensemble Studio Theatre (EST) at its Marathon of One-Act Plays prove to be some of the best professionally produced plays in this often overlooked theatrical forum. The 1999 plays are collected here. EST continues to present work from a mix of established and new or emerging playwrights, from Pulitzer Prize winner Frank D. Gilroy's The Golf Ball to Leslie Ayvazian's Deaf Day. Some cry out to be seen rather than read, which should encourage theater companies to produce them. Unfortunately, there are a couple of duds in the mix, in which the playwrights' use of languageÄboth profane and vernacularÄseems to be intended for shock value and gets in the way of what might otherwise be a good story. But others, such as Bill Bozzone's War, Susan Kim's Dreamtime for Alice, and Cassandra Medley's Maiden Lane, are insightful and enriching, reminding us of what it means to be human beings in an imperfect world. Highly recommended for academic and public drama collections.ÄLaura A. Ewald, Murray State Univ. Lib., KY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Deaf DayLeslie Ayvazian
Up, Down, Strange, Charmed, Beauty, and TruthEdward Allan and Baker Warby and Bill Bozzone
The Once Attractive WomanChristine Farrell
The Golf BallFrank D. Gilroy
Dreamtime for AliceSusan Kim
GoodbyeOscarby Romulus Linney Maiden Lane and Cassandra Medley
In the Western GardenStuart Spencer
All About AlCherie Vegelstein
The ""I"" Word: InternsMichael Louis Wells