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Barrymore - Full Length Play, Drama

Barrymore

William Luce

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Full Length Play, Drama

2m

ISBN: 9780573642401

"A dazzler! A portrait of riveting complexity and paradox that finds the balletic elegance in a drunken stagger, the poetry in a blue joke and the churning guts in rarefied verse. As [Barrymore] walks toward his own death it's with the jaunty…" - The New York Times

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Description

Full Length Play

Drama

Biography

90 minutes

Time Period - 1940s / WWII, 1920s

Settings Of Play - In a New York theatre in the spring of 1942.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Interior Set

Period Costumes

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult, Senior

PERFORMANCE GROUP

College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Reader's Theatre

Christopher Plummer won a Tony for his portrayal of John Barrymore in the acclaimed Broadway production of this work by the master of one character biographies for the stage. Each act begins with a stunning entrance onto a stage that the 60 year old legendary actor has rented to prepare for a comeback performance of Richard III. Barrymore jokes with the audience, spars with an offstage prompter, reminisces about better times and does delicious imitations of his siblings Lionel and Ethel.

REVIEWS

"A dazzler! A portrait of riveting complexity and paradox that finds the balletic elegance in a drunken stagger, the poetry in a blue joke and the churning guts in rarefied verse. As [Barrymore] walks toward his own death it's with the jaunty panache of a boulevardier off to meet his new mistress. - The New York Times

"As good as one man shows get."" - The New Yorker

"A staggering success... Must be seen, must be savored." - New York Post

"A perfect image of Barrymore." - New York Daily News


Barrymore was first produced at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Ontario Canada in 1996 directed by Gene Saks.

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CASTING

2m

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)

JOHN BARRYMORE - the famed actor
PROMPTER - an offstage male voice

Author
William Luce

William Luce

William Luce wrote his Broadway and London success The Belle of Amherst for Julie Harris, who won her fifth Tony Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of Emily Dickinson. For American soprano Renée Fleming, Luce wrote My Business Is To Love, which Fleming premiered in Lincoln Center and London's Barbican Centre, with Harris and Bloom co-starring. Luce's Broadway hit Barrymore starred ... view full profile

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Paul Francies 11/20/2013 4:51 PM
I was impressed with this play when I saw Chris Plummer in it. I guess you could refer to the script as a male version of Shirley Valentine.

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