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Philadelphia Chickens: A Too-Illogical Zoological Musical Revue
Sandra Boynton
0761126368
October 2002
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Sandra Boynton, long heralded for her menagerie of animal characters (Moo, Baa, La La La; Rhinoceros Tap), puts a fresh cast of singing, dancing critters center stage-from the titular boogying chickens to a tail-wagging "snuggle puppy"-in Philadelphia Chickens, a book-and-CD package billed as an "imaginary musical revue." The first 32 pages contain lyrics and illustrations, the second half of the book includes musical notation and additional lyrics for each song. An all-star cast, including Meryl Streep, Laura Linney, Eric Stoltz and the Bacon Brothers, headlines the musical recording, which features a variety of original show tunes penned by Boynton and composed by Boynton and frequent collaborator Michael Ford.Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

People Magazine


The Drama of the Gifted Child: The Search for the True Self

0465016901


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From Publishers Weekly
The revised edition of Miller's study of the psychology of successful people features a new introduction by the author; also available in hardcover, $20 *-01694-4 Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Book Description
As charming performers who skillfully reflect their parents expectations, far too many children grow into adults driven to greater and greater achievements by an underlying sense of worthlessness. Never allowed to express their true feelings, and having lost touch with their true selves, they act out their repressed feelings with episodes of depression and compulsive behavior. They in turn inflict the same legacy of repression on their own children. This poignant and thought-provoking book shows how narcissistic parents form and deform the lives...


A Raisin in the Sun
Lorraine Hansberry
0679755330
Jan 1994
Paperback
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Review
“A beautiful, lovable play. It is affectionately human, funny and touching. . . . A work of theatrical magic in which the usual barrier between audience and stage disappears.”
John Chapman, New York News

“An honest, intelligible, and moving experience.”
Walter Kerr, New York Herald Tribune

“Miss Hansberry has etched her characters with understanding, and told her story with dramatic impact. She has a keen sense of humor, an ear for accurate speech and compassion for people.”
Robert Coleman, New York Mirror

“A Raisin in the Sun has vigor as well as veracity.”
Brooks Atkinson, New York Times

“It is honest drama, catching up real people. . . . It will make you proud of human beings.”
Frank...


Romeo and Juliet (SparkNotes No Fear Shakespeare)
SparkNotes Editors
1586638459
April 2003
Paperback
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Proof : A Play

0571199976


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From School Library Journal
Adult/High School-Twenty-five-year-old Catherine, who sacrificed college to care for her mentally ill father (once a brilliant, much-admired mathematician), is left in a kind of limbo after his death. Socially awkward and a bit of a shut-in, she is gruff with Hal, a former student who shows up even before the funeral wanting to root through the countless notebooks her father kept in the years of his decline, hoping to find mathematical gold. On the heels of his arrival comes Claire, Catherine's cosmopolitan, blandly successful, and pushy sister, with plans to sell their father's house and take Catherine (whom she's convinced has inherited a touch of their father's illness) with her back to New York. Catherine does not want to leave, and things become more complicated as she and Hal tentatively begin to...


The Crucible
Arthur Miller
0140481389
Oct 1976
Paperback
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The Tragic Middle: Racine, Aristotle, Euripides

0299130800


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Death of a Salesman
Arthur Miller
0140481346
Oct 1976
Paperback
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Book Review
Arthur Miller's 1949 Death of a Salesman has sold 11 million copies, and Willy Loman didn't make all those sales on a smile and a shoeshine. This play is the genuine article--it's got the goods on the human condition, all packed into a day in the life of one self-deluded, self-promoting, self-defeating soul. It's a sturdy bridge between kitchen-sink realism and spectral abstraction, the facts of particular hard times and universal themes. As Christopher Bigsby's mildly interesting afterword in this 50th-anniversary edition points out (as does Miller in his memoir, Timebends), Willy is closely based on the playwright's sad, absurd salesman uncle, Manny. But of course Miller made Manny into Everyman, and gave him the name of the crime commissioner Lohmann in Fritz Lang's angst-ridden 1932 Nazi parable, The Testament of Dr....


Aeschylus, 1: Oresteia (The Penn Greek Drama Series), Vol. 1
David Grene (Editor)
0226307786
December 1983
Textbook Paperback
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Book Description
"These authoritative translations consign all other complete collections to the wastebasket."--Robert Brustein, The New Republic

"This is it. No qualifications. Go out and buy it everybody."--Kenneth Rexroth, The Nation

"The translations deliberately avoid the highly wrought and affectedly poetic; their idiom is contemporary....They have life and speed and suppleness of phrase."--Times Education Supplement

"These translations belong to our time. A keen poetic sensibility repeatedly quickens them; and without this inner fire the most academically flawless rendering is dead."--Warren D. Anderson, American Oxonian

"The critical commentaries and the versions themselves...are fresh, unpretentious, above all, functional."--Commonweal

"Grene is one of the...


A Streetcar Named Desire
Tennessee Williams
0451167783
Aug 1986
Paperback
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Book Description
Published in 1949 by John Lehman. Very good copy in a very good dust jacket with slight wear. There are minor foxing, nicks, and wear to the dust jacket, with an ink inscription. The basis of the 1951 film (winner of three Academy Awards) starring Marlon Brando, Vivien Leigh, Kim Hunter, and Karl Malden, Williams's play is one of the works by which 20th-century America defines itself. First English edition of this landmark, Pulitzer-Prize-winning play, featuring Williams's riveting creations. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

The Merriam-Webster Encyclopedia of Literature
Play in three acts by Tennessee Williams, first produced and published in 1947 and winner of the Pulitzer Prize for drama for that year. One of the most admired plays of its time, it...


Untold Stories
Alan Bennett
0374281033
April 4, 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Bennett has been known to British audiences of radio, television, stage and screen for decades. In the United States, he's best known as the screenwriter of The Madness of King George and, perhaps, for his experiences with Miss Shepherd, an indigent woman who set up a succession of vans in his front yard for 15 years. Now he returns with a shaggy collection of autobiographical sketches, diary entries, considerations of art, architecture and other authors, as well as an account of his bout with colon cancer. Returning to the precincts of his straitlaced, working-class British background, Bennett reveals a lost world whose influence and mores have trailed him his entire life. He revisits the Leeds that he knew in the 1940s, where he was first exposed to music and theater, and where his parents, both shy and...


The House of Bernarda Alba: A Drama about Women in Villages of Spain
Federico Garcia Lorca
0822216531
October 1998
Paperback
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The Glass Menagerie
Tennessee Williams
0811214044
June 1999
Paperback
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From AudioFile
In this semi-autobiographical play the domineering matriarch of the Wingfield family tries to find a "gentleman caller" for her fragile daughter. This is a "memory play"; the narrator/character, Tom, continually shifts from narration to his "in scene" character. This technique makes the drama a most effective selection for audio. The cast is extraordinary throughout, with each performer deftly handling the most subtle nuances of Williams's poetic realism. Jessica Tandy's portrayal of Amanda deserves special kudos. The production and direction of the performance are equally engaging. Through the use of sound effects and evocative music, the listener is swept into the troubled, poignant world of these haunting characters. s.l.d. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine --This text refers to the Audio Cassette ...


William Shakespeare: The Complete Works, Deluxe Edition [UNABRIDGED]
William Shakespeare
0517053616
September 8, 1990
Leather Bound
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Book Description
This complete and unabridged edition contains every word that Shakespeare wrote — all 37 tragedies, comedies, and histories, plus the sonnets. You’ll find such classics as The Tempest, Much Ado About Nothing and The Taming of the Shrew. This Library of Literary Classics edition is bound in padded leather with luxurious gold-stamping on the front and spine, satin ribbon marker and gilded edges. Other titles in this series include: Charlotte & Emily Bronte: The Complete Novels; Edgar Allan Poe: Selected Works; Mark Twain: Selected Works; Charles Dickens: Four Complete Novels; Lewis Carroll: The Complete, Fully Illustrated Works; and Jane Austen: The Complete Novels.

From the Inside Flap
This complete and unabridged edition contains every word that...


Law & Order: Crime Scenes
Dick Wolf
0760741034
October 2003
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Considering Law & Order's popularity, over 88 million viewers watch it and its spinoffs and reruns each week, the dearth of books about the show is fairly surprising. This literary tribute, divided neatly into three sections, is more than a fetishist's bedside companion. Wolf, the show's creator, offers a brisk introduction, setting the tone with some revealing background tidbits (e.g., Wolf and his colleagues chose a bifurcated format for the show so it could be syndicated as either a half-hour or full-hour show). "Anatomy of a Crime Scene," by far the most revealing section, takes a 2002 episode, "Oxymoron," and explains how it came together, bit by bit. Wolf gives everyone e.g., the police technical consultant, the executive producer, the actor playing a corpse (she was paid $161 for the day's work)a few...


A Midsummer Night's Dream
William Shakespeare
048627067X
Feb 1992
Paperback
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Book Description
Among the most popular of all Shakespeare’s comedies, this play humorously celebrates the vagaries of love. With its several pairs of lovers, on-again, off-again romances, magic spells, fairies, and a bumbling troupe of would-be actors, the play continues to enchant audiences. Unabridged reprint of an authoritative British edition, complete with explanatory footnotes.


Hamlet (SparkNotes No Fear Shakespeare)
SparkNotes Editors
1586638440
April 2003
Paperback
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Piano Lesson
August Wilson
0452265347
October 1990
Paperback
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The Merriam-Webster Encyclopedia of Literature
Drama in two acts by August Wilson, produced in 1987 and published in 1990. The play, which was awarded a Pulitzer Prize in 1990, is part of Wilson's cycle about African-American life in the 20th century. The action takes place in Pittsburgh in 1936 at the house of a family of African-Americans who have migrated from Mississippi. The conflict centers around a piano that was once traded by the family's white master for two of the family's ancestors. Boy Willie and Berniece, the siblings who inherit the piano (carved to show family history), argue about whether or not to sell it. Berniece's climactic refusal to allow Boy Willie to move the piano exorcises both the literal and figurative ghost of the white slave owner who has been haunting the family. --This text refers to an out of...


Billy Collins Live: A Performance at the Peter Norton Symphony Space [UNABRIDGED]
Billy Collins (Narrator), Bill Murray (Introduction)
0739320114
August 2, 2005
Audio CD
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From AudioFile
Recorded as a benefit at New York's Symphony Space (home of Public Radio's "Selected Shorts"), BILLY COLLINS LIVE is a boon for fans who have never heard the poet live. Collins, a former U.S. Poet Laureate, is a sly, assured reader of his own work. He shares poems from several collections, including QUESTIONS ABOUT ANGELS, PICNIC, LIGHTNING, and NINE HORSES--poems of the everyday that are funny and accessible even as they're marvels of language and description. There's a brief Q&A with the audience at the end that will, if nothing else, give listeners further insight into Collins's sense of humor. A must-have for poetry lovers, and Collins fans in particular. J.M.D. © AudioFile 2005, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine

Book Description
In...


The Miracle Worker
William Gibson
0743457587
July 2002
Paperback
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Review
The Philadelphia InquirerRadiant, emotion-charged, memorable, superb.

Review
The Philadelphia Inquirer Radiant, emotion-charged, memorable, superb.

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Inherit the Wind
Jerome Lawrence
0345466276
Nov 2003
Paperback
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Book Description
The accused was a slight, frightened man who had  deliberately broken the law. His trial was a Roman  circus. The chief gladiators were two great legal  giants of the century. Like two bull elephants  locked in mortal combat, they bellowed and roared  imprecations and abuse. The spectators sat uneasily  in the sweltering heat with murder in their hearts,  barely able to restrain themselves. At stake was  the freedom of every American. One of the most  moving and meaningful plays of our generation. "a  tidal wave of a drama." -- New York  World-Telegram And Sun

From the Publisher
The accused was a slight, frightened man who had deliberately broken the...


The Complete Arkangel Shakespeare: 38 Fully-Dramatized Plays [UNABRIDGED]
William Shakespeare, et al
1932219005
March 2003
Audio CD
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From School Library Journal
Grade 9 Up--The Complete Arkangel Shakespeare offers listeners the first-ever audio set of all 38 of William Shakespeare's plays, unabridged and fully-dramatized. Using a cast of almost 400 actors, most of whom trained at the Royal Shakespeare Company, this set offers Shakespeare in a manner that provides the best of both worlds: the convenient mobility of the audio format and classic, dramatic readings by skilled Shakespearean actors that are reminiscent of Sir Laurence Olivier's Shakespearean performances. Sound effects are skillfully layered and add to the intensity of the pieces as they are presented. The quality of these CDs is remarkable. The diction is clear, the emotions are strong, and the sound effects are well-chosen, easily creating the worlds of the plays in listeners minds. The major drawback...


Macbeth (Sparknotes No Fear Shakespeare)
SparkNotes Editors
1586638467
April 2003
Paperback
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Four Major Plays
Henrik Johan Ibsen
0451524063
Jan 1965
(Paperback) - Revised Ed.
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Book Description
The greatest works by the father of modern theater Brilliantly exemplifying his landmark contribution to the theater, A Doll House, The Wild Duck, Hedda Gabler, and The Master Builder are truly the greatest and best known works of Henrik Ibsen. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.


Three Uses of the Knife: On the Nature and Purpose of Drama
David Mamet
037570423X
June 2000
Paperback
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Book Review
Playwright David Mamet's three lectures at Columbia University are ostensibly about issues of dramatic structure, but as they unfold, and Mamet continually explores the relationship between dramatic structure and the lives we live, much broader concerns are revealed. Here, for example, is Mamet on political propaganda:

It is ... essential to the healthy political campaign that the issues be largely or perhaps totally symbolic--i.e., non-quantifiable. Peace With Honor, Communists in the State Department, Supply Side Economics, Recapture the Dream, Bring Back the Pride--these are the stuff of pageant. They are not social goals; they are, as Alfred Hitchcock told us, the MacGuffin.... The less specific the qualities of the MacGuffin are, the more interested the audience will be.... A loose abstraction allows audience...



The History Boys : A Play
Alan Bennett
0571224644
April 4, 2006
Paperback
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Review
“Nothing could diminish the incendiary achievement of this subtle, deep-wrought and immensely funny play about the value and meaning of education . . . In short, a superb, life-enhancing play.”    —The Guardian
 
“Brilliantly funny . . . The History Boys is moving, disquieting: one follows it with a heart brimful . . . His finest work in decades.”        —Financial Times


Peter Pan (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)
J. M. Barrie
1593082134
October 2005
Paperback
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Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare Made Easy; Parallel Edition)
William Shakespeare
0812035720
April 1, 1985
Paperback
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Book Description
Here are the books that help teach Shakespeare plays without the teacher constantly needing to explain and define Elizabethan terms, slang, and other ways of expression that are different from our own. Each play is presented with Shakespeare's original lines on each left-hand page, and a modern, easy-to-understand "translation" on the facing right-hand page. All dramas are complete, with every original Shakespearian line, and a full-length modern rendition of the text.

Card catalog description
Presents the original text of Shakespeare's play side by side with a modern version, discusses the author and the theater of his time, and provides quizzes and other study activities.


Julius Caesar
William Shakespeare
0451526899
Aug 1998
(Paperback) - Revised Ed.
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From School Library Journal
Grade 5-8-One of the marks of Shakespeare's greatness is the continued interest in adapting his enduring works. This recording of Julius Caesar is one in a series drawn from Leon Garfield's Shakespeare Stories. Liberally sprinkled with lines from the original play, the recording presents a condensation of all five acts in a little more than an hour. Beginning with a brief biography of the Bard, the recording then offers a thorough but not lengthy overview of the play. All this sets the stage for Simon Russell Beale's well paced narration. This Royal Shakespeare Company veteran moves so skillfully between story text and dialogue that at times it seems as though there are several actors reading. Classic lines such as "Et tu. Brute" and "Friends, Romans, Countrymen " are rendered with fresh vigor. At the...


Romeo and Juliet (Folger Shakespeare Library)
William Shakespeare
0743477111
January 1, 2004
Paperback
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Book Description
Each edition includes: Freshly edited text based on the best early printed version of the play Full explanatory notes conveniently placed on pages facing the text of the play Scene-by-scene plot summaries A key to famous lines and phrases An introduction to reading Shakespeare's language An essay by an outstanding scholar providing a modern perspective on the play Illustrations from the Folger Shakespeare Library's vast holdings of rare booksThe Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., is home to the world's largest collection of Shakespeare's printed works, and a magnet for Shakespeare scholars from around the globe. In addition to exhibitions open to the public throughout the year, the Folger offers a full calendar of performances and programs. For more information, visit...


Literature for Composition: Essays, Fiction, Poetry, and Drama (6th Edition)
Sylvan Barnet (Editor), et al
032109364X
August 19, 2002
Paperback
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Book Description
Literature for Composition offers the finest writing and argument coverage, helpful discussions of the literary elements, compelling case studies, and a diverse array of selections. The book includes complete coverage of the writing process, three chapters devoted to argument, complete chapters on interpretation and evaluation, coverage of the literary elements and the study of visual images, and case studies. The book opens with five chapters devoted to reading, writing, and argument. An entire chapter on critical thinking equips readers with a foundation upon which to study the chapters on the literary forms that follow. An anthology is organized around six engaging themes. Special chapters on visuals and film along with ten case studies offer additional resources. For those interested in the study and...


The New Encyclopedia of Stage Hypnotism
Ormond McGill
1899836020
June 1, 1996
Hardcover
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Paul McKenna
"The most extensive book ever to be published on stage hypnotism. Truly a goldmine of knowledge."

Book Description
The most comprehensive text ever to be published on stage hypnotism, this book also has widespread therapeutic applications and contains work never previously published, providing new skills for even the most advanced practitioner of hypnosis. The book's structure ensures that the reader fully understands each aspect before progressing on to the next area. Ormond McGill totally demystifies hypnotism, dispels many of the myths associated with it, and reveals its spellbinding secrets. A continued star of our best-sellers list

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