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Three plays

by McNally, Terrence.

Format: Print Book 1990
Availability: Available at 2 Libraries 2 of 2 copies
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Mt. Lebanon Public Library Non-Fiction PLAYPAM THREE Plays
Location  Mt. Lebanon Public Library
Collection  Non-Fiction
Call Number  PLAYPAM THREE Plays
Shaler North Hills Library Non-Fiction 812 M
Location  Shaler North Hills Library
Collection  Non-Fiction
Call Number  812 M
"Terrence McNally is one of our most original and audacious dramatists and one of our funniest."-- The New Yorker

These three stunning plays are a testament to the extraordinary talent and comedic brilliance of Terrence McNally. All produced off-Broadway to great acclaim, his most recent works are gathered here for the first time in a unique collection of drama, romance, and comedy. The Lisbon Traviata is a powerfully moving tragicomedy about a crumbling homosexual marriage. And in Frankie and Johnnie in the Clair de Lune , a man and a woman, "not young, not old, no great beauties, either one," come together in a fresh and witty display of emotional fireworks. McNally himself describes the final piece, the bitingly honest and uproariously funny It's Only a Play , as his "attempt to describe exactly what I was like to work in Broadway in the 1980s." These three unforgettable works, starkly individual yet all charged with brilliant wit and searing intimacy, dazzle us with McNally's wisdom, compassion, and extraordinary brand of comic genius.
The Lisbon traviata
Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune
It's only a play.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Few contemporary American playwrights write sharper dialogue than McNally, both in terms of wit and the limning of character. There's little in his plays of the clomping, stomping, and shrieking of so much popular theater, but there's always good talk, even if it proceeds from mouths not noticeably more intelligent than the personae of a Sam Shepard, David Rabe, or other grunt-and-blabber specialist. Hence, all three of these plays can be pleasurably read. They're about a gay relationship's disintegration (played out to far too many Maria Callas arias); a waitress and a cook (both in their forties) groping towards a relationship in the wake of a good first roll in the hay; and the party-cum-wake for a just-opened Broadway play, respectively. The two-actor Frankie and Johnny is the most affecting of the three; the farcical It's Only a Play the funniest and most stage-dependent. The version of The Lisbon Traviata is the one now on Broadway, not the more violent, less credible 1985 version included in Out Front [BKL S 1 88]. ~--Ray Olson"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Series Plume drama.
Publisher New York, N.Y., U.S.A. :Plume,1990
Other Titles Lisbon traviata.
Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune.
It's only a play.
Language English
Description xiii, 241 pages ; 21 cm.
ISBN 0452264251 :
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