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10 Classic Mystery and Suspense Plays of the Modern Theatre Hardcover – March, 1973

ISBN-13: 978-0396067078 ISBN-10: 0396067077 Edition: First Edition

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 887 pages
  • Publisher: Dodd Mead; First Edition edition (March 1973)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0396067077
  • ISBN-13: 978-0396067078
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.9 x 1.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,086,645 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Guy De Federicis on January 21, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Entertaining reading as it is exciting theatre, these plays, all produced pre-1965, serve up some thrilling suspense and often, comedic nervousness in 10 masterpieces of the theatrical mystery/suspense genre. The biggest surprise is the cleverness, wit and well-hung terror in what should be a theatrical chestnut from 1935, "Night Must Fall". The older the plays of this genre get, the stuffier they sometimes are, but Brit playright Emlyn Williams ( Director and star of the first American production in 1936) has given us here a contemporary, even edgy suspense thriller with a great comedic flair, and what introduces us to what is probably the first modern day theatrical psycho in the character of 'Dan". What makes this play work is the lack of guess work in who the murderer must be, by the time the deadly deed comes, you have dismissed the obvious and settled your nerves on a host of others only to be deceived by a great playright's 'in your face' resolution. Even though the author has updated his play since it's premiere in 1935, it's still bewildering to hear a sarcastic house servant mutter a classic cliche when she tells an investigating inspector to "put that in your pipe and smoke it!". In William Archibald's "The Innocents", based on Henry James' classic novella, "The Turn of The Screw", a children's governess is obsessed to belief that her two young charges are possessed by ghosts and the sexual tension and imbalanced psychology of James' origninal work come full breathed to the stage. Agatha Christie's classic "Ten Little Indians" is the perfect prototype murder mystery with a group of people being knocked off one by one as they are stuck in a house on an island.Read more ›
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