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Spatter Pattern - Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy

Spatter Pattern

Neal Bell

Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy

3m, 1f

ISBN: 9780881452921

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Full Length Play

Dramatic Comedy

“Leave it to Neal Bell. So many recent plays have made forays into the noir genre—conscious or unconscious, spoofing or surrealist—that I had assumed there was nothing new to be gotten from it. But Bell walks in, boldly and knowingly, where legions have trod before, and instantly finds new paths to explore, new matches of tone and subject, new sources of moral perturbation. His title, from forensic medicine, describes both the directions in which blood has spurted from a fatal wound and the aesthetic tactic his script employs. His topic, achingly visible under the sprayed droplets of his story, is responsibility….”Michael Feingold, The Village Voice   “Bell’s writing is so sharp, so focused and so consistently interesting—not a word is superfluous—that you come away with a surprisingly theatrical experience….   This is a tense, beautiful, speedy drama set in a right-now world of urban menace and fear. It’s a theatrical discovery by a major talent.   And it will stay with you long after the final, breathless blackout.”Jacques le Sourd, The Journal News   “Neal Bell is one of those playwrights you keep expecting to hit big…. The immaculate stylist writes clean, crisp lines for characters quivering with urban angst. His humor is droll and laced with self-deprecating irony, and while his central theme might be summed up as `spiritual alienation’, his topics are usually timely, reflecting a macabre interest in crimes of passion and a rather academic curiosity about what compels humans to violence….”Marilyn Stasio, Variety


3m, 1f


Neal Bell

Neal Bell's plays -- including Two Small Bodies, On The Bum and Spatter Pattern -- have appeared at Playwrights Horizons in New York, and at regional theatres including the Mark Taper Forum, Denver Center Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville and Berkeley Rep. The recipient of grants from the NEA, Rockefeller and Guggenheim Foundations, Mr. Bell has also received an Obie Award for sustained ... view full profile

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