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Best American Plays: 7th Series, 1967-1973

by Clive Barnes (Editor)

Other authors: Edward Albee (Contributor), Woody Allen (Contributor), Mart Crowley (Contributor), Sherman Edwards (Contributor), Lonne Elder (Contributor)13 more, Jules Feiffer (Contributor), Paul B. Foster (Contributor), Bruce Jay Friedman (Contributor), John Guare (Contributor), Israel Horovitz (Contributor), Arthur L. Kopit (Contributor), Arthur Miller (Contributor), Robert Montgomery (Contributor), David Rabe (Contributor), Howard Sackler (Contributor), Neil Simon (Contributor), Peter Stone (Contributor), Lanford Wilson (Contributor)

Series: Best American Plays (7th Series)

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In this seventh in the Best American Plays series the contents include Little Murders and The Price. The eighth series, also edited by Clive Barnes, covers the years 1974 to 1982.



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The plays in this book are steeped in the 60s. The ideas, the language, the politics, the obsessions - all from that period that exuded so much angst and fear, even in an era of relative prosperity in the country. Looking back at these works from the position of 50 years, it is difficult to see that much has changed except how we do theatre. The large casts, the detailed descriptions of character, the exposition, the long stories and monologues - all of these are being eroded from theatre at a rapid pace due to the inability of the audience to sit still, the actors to memorize the lines (so I'm told; I haven't noticed that), and, of course, the cost of putting on a production with actual actors and sets that has driven us to a minimalist theatre. As a lover of minimalist theatre, I don't mean that as an insult, but still, when you read plays where there are numerous small parts that just show up for a cameo, then disappear, and many large parts that interact in all sorts of unexpected ways, you do realize that we are missing something. ( )
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Barnes, CliveEditorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Albee, EdwardContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Allen, WoodyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Crowley, MartContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Edwards, ShermanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Elder, LonneContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Feiffer, JulesContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Foster, Paul B.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Friedman, Bruce JayContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Guare, JohnContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Horovitz, IsraelContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Kopit, Arthur L.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Miller, ArthurContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Montgomery, RobertContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Rabe, DavidContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Sackler, HowardContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Simon, NeilContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Stone, PeterContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Wilson, LanfordContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Great white hope / Howard Sackler --
Prisoner of Second Avenue / Neil Simon --
Price / Arthur Miller --
All over / Edward Albee --
Scuba duba / Bruce Jay Friedman --
1776 / Peter Stone and Sherman Edwards --
Sticks and bones / David Rabe --
Indians / Arthur Kopit --
House of blue leaves / John Guare --
Lemon sky / Lanford Wilson --
Subject to fits / Robert Montgomery --
Tom Paine / Paul Foster --
Morning / Israel Horovitz --
Noon / Terrence McNally --
Night / Leonard Melfi --
Little murders / Jules Feiffer --
Boys in the band / Mart Crowley --
Ceremonies in dark old men / Lonne Elder III --
Play it again, Sam / Woody Allen.
Series Title: Best American plays.
Responsibility: edited with an introd. by Clive Barnes.
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