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The Stendhal Syndrome - Collection / Anthology

The Stendhal Syndrome

Terrence McNally

Collection / Anthology

ISBN: 9780822220121

Terrence McNally (Tony Award–winner for Master Class and Love! Valour!…

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Terrence McNally (Tony Award–winner for Master Class and Love! Valour! Compassion!) has crafted two beautiful and funny plays about art and humankind: FULL FRONTAL NUDITY explores the power of perfection when set against the reality of human loss and longing as three disparate American tourists in Florence are instructed by their guide to immerse themselves in the beauty of Michelangelo's David. (3 men, 2 women.) In PRELUDE & LIEBESTOD, a renowned conductor watches his life unravel while conducting Wagner's musical masterpiece. (3 men, 2 women.)
"…terrifically enjoyable…Mr. McNally's characters seemed truly to experience the impact of art, with varying degrees of self-awareness." —NY Times. "McNally's themes—the profound distance between the heights that man can achieve and the depths in which he invariably dwells; the painful ecstasy that art, in its superhuman perfection, can inspire—are obviously worthy ones." —Variety. "…McNally enhances his reputation as a light romantic comedian…a delightful stunt, taking us back to the days when the private life of a classical musician was of general interest." —NY Post. "…erotic, [a] deeply emotional pair of one acts…" —BackStage. "I want to thank the veteran playwright for his legerdemain—his narrative skill, his sense of fun, his love of music, and his ability to turn a threadbare theatrical trope into a surprising, complex gesture whose combination of vainglory and nihilism conveys unsettling but genuine exhilaration…McNally's marriage of ecstasy and extinction has its own delightfully perverse logic." —The New Yorker.
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Terrence McNally

Terrence McNally

Terrence McNally's most recent collaboration is the book for The Visit at Arlington's Signature Theatre with score by John Kander and Fredd Ebb. His most recent play Unusual Acts of Devotion premiered at the Philadelphia Theatre Company in 2008. His play Deuce played on Broadway in the 2006-2007 season. His play Some Men premiered in the 2007 season at Second Stage Theatre. Mr. McNally also ... view full profile

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