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Death Defying Acts - Full Length Play, Comedy

Death Defying Acts

Woody Allen, David Mamet, Elaine May

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Full Length Play, Comedy

2m, 3f

ISBN: 9780573695391

David Mamet, Elaine May, and Woody Allen
"A wealth of laughter."-The New York Newsday

"Lighter than air, an elegant diversion." - The New York Times

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This long-running Off Broadway hit features the work of three gifted playwrights. David Mamet's An Interviewis an oblique, mystifying interrogation. A sleazy lawyer is forced to answer difficult questions and to admit the truth about his life and career. The why and where of the interrogation provide a surprise ending to this brilliant twenty minute comedy. In Hotline by Elaine May, a neurotic woman with enough urban angst to fill a neighborhood calls a suicide crisis hotline late one night. The counselor who gets the call is overwhelmed - it is his first night on the job. This dark and desperate, wildly funny forty minute piece ends Act 1. A well to do psychiatrist has just discovered that her best friend is having an affair with her husband in Woody Allen's wildly comic second act, Central Park West. She has invited the friend over for a confrontation after getting thoroughly soused. Meanwhile, the husband is about to run off with a college student. Central Park West provides an hour of constant hilarity.
"A wealth of laughter.-The New York Newsday "Lighter than air, an elegant diversion."" - The New York Times


2m, 3f


Woody Allen

Woody Allen, though best known for his films, has also enjoyed a very successful career in theater. His first great success was Don't Drink the Water, which opened in 1968, and ran for 598 performances for almost two years on Broadway. Play It Again, Sam opened in 1969, played for 453 performances, and was nominated for three Tony Awards. Mr. Allen's other full-length plays include The Floating ... view full profile

David Mamet

David Mamet

David Mamet is the author of the plays: Race, Keep Your Pantheon, School, November, Romance, Boston Marriage, Faustus, Oleanna, Glengarry Glen Ross (1984 Pulitzer Prize and New York Drama Critics Circle Award), American Buffalo, The Old Neighborhood, A Life in the Theatre, Speed-the-Plow, Edmond, Lakeboat, The Water Engine, The Woods, Sexual Perversity in Chicago, Reunion and The Cryptogram (1995 ... view full profile

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Edward Starr 9/9/2015 3:09 PM
Elaine May and Woody Allen are brilliant comic minds; David Mamet --not so much.
May and Allen deal with serious issues:suicide and infidelity and their characters do not know they are funny. Mamet's one-act has his two characters speak to each other as only Mamet can write dialogue.
This collection is worthy of your time.
Christian Isabelle 3/17/2014 8:04 AM
Boring first part saved by the very funny second and thrid parts

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