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Caffe Cino: The Birthplace of Off-Off-Broadway (Theater in the Americas) Paperback – June 8, 2005
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Wendell Stone has gathered the facts and fictions, the lies and legends, the elusive chronology and the effusive mythology of the most wonderful place of all time and arranged them with precision and perspective. I learned a throng of things I never knew about the Caffe Cino from this bountiful book.”Robert Patrick, playwright and author of Kennedy’s Children, Temple Slave, and Film Moi: Narcissus in the Dark
Stone’s definitive history provides not only a detailed chronological production history of Joseph Cino’s café theatre, but also broaches the subtle social, economic, political, and theoretical contexts that gave rise to the Off-Off-Broadway world of coffeehouse theatres. This study will delight scholars of American theatre and also serves as inspiration for emerging playwrights, directors, and actors who are searching for a historical context for their own careers.”David A. Crespy, author of Off-Off-Broadway Explosion
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Scholar Wendell Stone has done a masterly job of snatching important historical interviews, first-hand accounts, and documentary artifacts from the precipice of obscurity. We are all richer for it. Moreover, he does so with such grace and obvious affection for the subject that the factual read turns out to be a most pleasant ride. Woven through the saga of the location is the elegant tragedy of the man, Joseph Cino, a figure practically unknown, but a determined soul who literally sacrificed himself for his small corner of artistic influence. Stone has redeemed that sacrifice with this simple but illuminating snapshot of a "magic time" and place---New York's Greenwich Village in the 1960s---and the merry band of genderbenders who presided over Caffe Cino. New Yorkers (wherever you may live); theatre lovers; gay historians; students of life, love, and loss---this book is for you.
I have to end this review with a disclaimer: I know Wendell Stone very well. He is a most respected colleague and friend. We did PhD work concurrently and I watched this material develop from an idea to an important and exciting work. I've loved this topic for a long time now and am pleased to see that Wendell's treatment of it has been so appreciated. It's a good book by a good guy. Read and enjoy!
Steve Susoyev, author of People Farm