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One man show : the stages of Barry Humphries
by Anne Pender
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Satirist, comedian and burlesque entertainer, Barry Humphries enthralls audiences across the globe. As housewife megastar Edna Everage, he savages-and enchants-all in his path. His shambolic diplomat, Les Patterson, shocks and titillates, while Sandy Stone, poignant chronicler of suburbia, can bring audiences to tears. In his fifty years performing, he has avoided scrutiny of his true self-and the influences that help shape his characters. This book examines the life, and the aspirations, of this enormously talented artist. From his youthful pranks on the staid streets of Melbourne, the phenomenon that was Barry Mackenzie, and the dark years of alcoholism, through to his successes on television and Broadway, this book reveals the truth of Humphries' world.
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