Mambo Italiano by Steve Galluccio

By Steve Galluccio

Mambo Italiano achieves its overwhelming energy via an ideal stability of fast paced comedy and poignant drama. Angelo, on the prompting of his both repressed sister Anna, has instructed his very characteristically Italian immigrant mom and dad, Maria and Gino, that he's homosexual. damage, betrayed and mortified through Angelo’s popping out, his lover Nino isn't really unprepared for his widowed Italian mom Lina’s reaction—a full-on operatic barrage of melodrama and hysterical extra so profound it supplies even Angelo’s surprised mom and dad pause for moment options and activates a hilarious and touching re-evaluation in their personal outraged reaction to their son. Seeing their courting shattered by way of their households’ reactions of grotesquely overplayed comedy and pathos, Angelo emerges from the drama along with his new-found satisfaction intact, whereas Nino retreats even additional into the darkness of his bisexual closet.

While the clicking has referred to as the movie model of Mambo Italiano “a homosexual My massive fats Greek Wedding,” there's way more at paintings within the play than the zealous mining of Italian immigrant family members and homosexual tradition stereotypes. Translated by way of Michel Tremblay, its large fan, right into a wildly winning Francophone theatrical phenomenon, Mambo Italiano is way extra in regards to the dynamics of family members, in regards to the gigantic areas among the previous global and the hot, approximately greedy the resonant codes embedded in what's stated and what's intended in usual speech, than it truly is “about” homosexual tradition. In possibly the play’s so much defining scene, the parish priest has been bribed with a bottle of wine and a carton of cigarettes to vacate his confessional so it may be occupied by means of the contributors of Angelo’s family members to ritually unburden themselves in their hilarious sins of private hypocrisy, willful misapprehension and inconsiderate transgression.

Cast of 4 girls and 3 men.

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The Works of Arthur Laurents: Politics, Love, and Betrayal - by John M. Clum

By John M. Clum

this can be an abridged model of the total publication. References were got rid of. the whole identify can be available.

Arthur Laurents's occupation as a playwright, screenwriter, booklet author for musicals and director spanned over part a century. His first Broadway play, domestic of the courageous, used to be produced in 1945; his final play, come again, get back, anywhere you're, was once produced in 2009 while he was once ninety-one. even if he's most sensible identified for his paintings at the vintage musicals Gypsy and West facet tale and for his screenplays for Rope, the way in which We have been, and The Turning element, Laurents is the writer of seventeen full-length performs, quite a few screenplays and 3 volumes of memoirs. regardless of the size and contrast of Laurents's occupation, before nobody has written a full-length severe research of his paintings. Laurentss' identify was once linked to a number of hit musicals and flicks, yet his most sensible paintings, the performs he wrote considering that 1975, will not be to boot identified. One cause is that the economics of the yankee theatre have replaced through the writer's lifetime and Laurents's severe performs have been played Off-Broadway or at neighborhood theatres. Few have been released, other than in performing variations, until eventually a quantity of chosen performs used to be assembled in 2005. furthermore, Laurents's hugely arguable volumes of memoirs, jam-packed with assaults on those who he felt betrayed him through the years, overshadowed his later paintings. Ignoring such a lot his personal performs within the memoirs didn't support to take care of his acceptance as a significant playwright This booklet rectifies the absence of a major exam of all of Laurents's significant paintings. this primary complete examine of Laurents's paintings specializes in the themes and subject matters that recur in his paintings, fairly the interrelated subject matters of gender politics, homosexuality and the dynamics of marriage. the location of girls and homosexual males replaced vastly over the sixty-plus years of Laurents's occupation and we see these adjustments mirrored in his paintings, relatively within the transferring strength dynamics inside of a wedding. Laurents was once thinking about the dynamics of marriage. In his performs there's continuously a pressure among love and the trouble, if now not impossibility, of monogamy. In works just like the Enclave, we additionally see a number of ways that homosexual males attempt to dwell proud lives in a heteronormative society. In that play and in Lives, Laurents examines how homosexual males negotiate whatever like a wedding prior to homosexual marriages have been legally sanctioned. The booklet additionally covers the ways that Laurents's performs replicate his curiosity in leftist politics from the Nineteen Forties in the course of the a variety of liberations of the past due Nineteen Sixties and Seventies. particularly, the research argues that if there's any universal subject operating throughout the performs, motion pictures and memoirs, it truly is betrayal-betrayal of marriage associate, good friend, inventive collaborator and, most vital, betrayal of one's personal beliefs. The Works of Arthur Laurents can be of specific curiosity to scholars and scholarsof American drama, musical theatre, American movie, gender experiences, homosexual stories, and Jewish studies.

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Edward Albee: A Critical Introduction (Cambridge by Matthew Roudané

By Matthew Roudané

Edward Albee (1928–2016) was once a crucial determine in smooth American theatre, and his daring and infrequently experimental theatrical type gained him extensive acclaim. This publication explores the problems, private and non-private, that so prompted Albee's imaginative and prescient over 5 many years, from his first nice luck, The Zoo tale (1959), to his final play, Me, Myself, & I (2008). Matthew Roudané covers all of Albee's unique works during this complete, sincerely established, and updated examine of the playwright's lifestyles and occupation: partially I, the quantity explores Albee's historical past and the old contexts of his paintings; half II concentrates on twenty-four of his performs, together with who is petrified of Virginia Woolf? (1962); and half III investigates his severe reception. Surveying Albee's dating with Broadway, and together with interviews carried out with Albee himself, this booklet can be of significant value for theatregoers and scholars looking an obtainable but incisive creation to this awesome American playwright.

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Amulets Against the Dragon Forces (Plays by Paul Zindel by Paul Zindel

By Paul Zindel

a strong and deeply relocating research of the damaging results of lovelessness and loneliness on a delicate adolescent. offered to severe and well known acclaim by way of New York's very popular Circle Repertory corporation, the play probes unerringly into the unsettled lives of its characters and reveals the compassion and easy humanity which conditions have pushed inside them. "AMULETS turns into gripping and disturbing…the characters are at all times fascinating…" —NY occasions. "…absorbing and vividly written research of mid-50s lower-middle-class alienation and emotional hunger…it's the paintings of a real playwright." —Variety. "This is the play Williams or Inge may have written in the event that they were born 30 years later and refrained from the sexual repression in their times." —BackStage.

Full Length
9 males, three ladies (of the nine males a number of roles could be doubled): 12 total

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Cascadia Subduction Zone: Reflections of an Innocent by Linda Roggenburg

By Linda Roggenburg

the real tale of a person relocating to the Oregon Coast, procuring a seashore apartment very close to the sea, after which studying concerning the hazards and predictions of the Cascadia Subduction quarter, from 2009 to 2017. a few of the tale is set getting ready to outlive, a few of it truly is approximately dwelling with the danger of now not surviving, and a few is set ultimate judgements and new details. it's a drama of varieties. the most locale is from Newport to Waldport.

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Performing Gender Violence: Plays by Contemporary American by B. Ozieblo,N. Hernando-Real

By B. Ozieblo,N. Hernando-Real

Violence opposed to girls in performs bywomen has earned little point out. This innovative assortment fills that hole, concentrating on performs through American girls dramatists, written within the final thirty years, that care for diverse different types of gender violence. every one writer discusses particular manifestations of violence in rigorously chosen performs: mental, familial, war-time, and social injustice. This booklet encompasses the theatrical units used to symbolize violence at the level in an age of digital, quick truth up to the problematics of gender violence in glossy society.

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Vigil by Morris Panych

By Morris Panych

A guy returns after thirty years to take a seat with a relative on her deathbed. Kemp’s challenge is: she’s now not loss of life quickly sufficient. via Kemp’s personal blunders and inattentiveness, the stopover at that he thinks will take an afternoon or stretches right into a yr. A play of fallacious identification, twisted condition, and staggering turns, this can be one Vigil worthy keeping.

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A Civil War Christmas by Paula Vogel

By Paula Vogel

"A wealthy and relocating play with song . . . it faucets into seasonal topics of redemption, forgiveness and neighborhood, with a decidedly American bent."—Variety

Set on a cold Christmas Eve in the course of the latter days of the Civil battle, Paula Vogel's new festival for the vacation season weaves a tapestry of either fictional and historic characters—together with interval vacation tune and lesser-known marches, hymns, and spirituals—to inform a narrative of peaceable companionship and communal hope.

Paula Vogel's performs contain How I realized to Drive (winner of the Pulitzer Prize, OBIE, Drama table, and manhattan Drama Critics awards), The lengthy Christmas trip Home, The Mineola Twins, The Baltimore Waltz, Hot 'N' Throbbing, and Desdemona. She is chair of the playwriting division on the Yale institution of Drama, and is playwright-in-residence at Yale Repertory Theatre.

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