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A Life of Galileo (Modern Plays) Paperback – March 28, 2013

ISBN-13: 978-1472507419 ISBN-10: 147250741X Edition: Reprint

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  • Series: Modern Plays
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Methuen Drama; Reprint edition (March 28, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 147250741X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1472507419
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.3 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #874,808 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ravenhill has more to say, and says it more refreshingly and wittily, than any other playwright of his generation Time Out There are few stage authors writing more interestingly than Mark Ravenhill ... He is ... a searing, intelligent, disturbing sociologist with a talent for satirical dialogue and a flair for sexual sensationalism. Financial Times The real pleasure of ... Mark Ravenhill's slimmed-down translation lies in the absolute clarity with which [he] put[s] Brecht's masterpiece before us ... the real joy lies in seeing Brecht's timeless debate about scientific morality rendered with such pellucid swiftness. -- Michael Billington Guardian Lively and ultimately moving ... Ravenhill's nifty and highly theatrical script, which pares down Brecht's sometimes interminable speeches while retaining their essence -- Charles Spencer Telegraph A sharp new adaptation by Mark Ravenhill that emphasises the dark comedy and diversely rich theatrical inventiveness in a piece that Brecht kept revising -- Paul Taylor Independent

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Bertolt Brecht is acknowledged as one of the great dramatists whose plays, work with the Berliner Ensemble and writing have had a considerable influence on the theatre. His landmark plays include The Threepenny Opera and, while exiled from Germany and living in the USA, such masterpieces as Life of Galileo, Mother Courage and Her Children and The Caucasian Chalk Circle.

Mark Ravenhill is one of the most distinctive contemporary UK playwrights. He burst on to the theatre scene in 1996 with the huge hit Shopping and Fucking. He has continued to garner critical acclaim for plays that include Some Explicit Polaroids, Mother Clap’s Molly House, Shoot/Get Treasure/Repeat, A Life in Three Acts, and Ten Plagues. He is Writer in Residence at the RSC.

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Brecht wrote this classic to challenge arrogance and anti intellectualism. I would prefer to be in the audience of a production but the text of the play is interesting.
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