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Eurydice

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ISBN-13: 978-0573662447
ISBN-10: 0573662444
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Editorial Reviews

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'Sarah Ruhl's delightful and touching meditation on memory and loss, the way in whichwe keep love alive or let it slip from our mids, and the language of love itself.' Lyn Gardner, Guardian, 06.03.10 'Ruhls's updating of the Orpheus myth is boldly original.' Benedict Nightingale. The Times. 10.05.10 'Its a lovely play about what we carry and what we leave behind.' David Jays, Sunday Times, 16.05.10 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Sarah Ruhl is one of America's most acclaimed and accomplished young playwrights. She is a recent recipient of a MacArthur Foundation 'genius' grant, a Helen Merrill award and a Whiting Writers' Award. Her plays include The Clean House (Susan Smith Blackburn Award, 2004, Pulitzer Prize finalist, Pen Award), Melancholy Play, Eurydice, Late: a cowboy song, and Passion Play: a cycle in three parts (Fourth Forum Freedom Award, Kennedy Center). --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 74 pages
  • Publisher: Samuel French, Inc. (2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0573662444
  • ISBN-13: 978-0573662447
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,664 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Steven W. Bouler on August 19, 2010
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Eurydice (published by itself as well as in a Sarah Ruhl collection with Clean House) is a post-modern reinterpretation of the myth of Orpheus from the viewpoint of Eurydice, the woman who dies twice. This is a modern play and not a Greek tragedy, although the dramatic structure is reminiscent of one. Rife with fantastical images and beautiful language, what Ruhl has given us is a sorrow-tinged tale of memory and loss that places exciting demands on actors, directors, and designers alike. The brilliant addition here is Eurydice's father and the exploration of the relationship between a father who died too soon and the daughter that misses him. An earlier version also had a grandmother who was cut from the final version. A ninety-minute play performed without intermission, Eurydice is a dense play about memory, loss, and love...with a trace of humor added as well. Oh,and there's also a chorus of stones and a devil on a tricycle. An excellent read, a joy to direct. Highly recommend this play and the rest of the playwright's published work. In the Next Room IS available through that Sammy French, btw.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sethy on March 26, 2011
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Our theater company is just finishing our run of Eurydice. Suffice to say it is a beautiful and moving play, with a great deal of imagery that not only leaps off the page for the reader, but can be brought vividly and engagingly to life. The story is about dealing with death and memory and the characters themselves are each rich and interesting in their own way. Each one is another voice witnessing death and attempting to deal with it in a different way. An absolute must-read, must-see, must-perform from an exceptional playwright.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Roberta Marggraff on April 2, 2015
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A strange little play that probably needs to be seen - I assume - to be appreciate although I'm usually very good at being able to see the theatre in my head, picture staging possibilities, hear voices, etc. I didn't read the script until several years after I first heard about the play when I was teaching a university-level Greek mythology academic writing course, so I looked forward for a long time to being able to settle in with the play for a couple of days. In truth, however, I couldn't wait for the thing to finally be over!. I was so disappointed! The play is a silly little thing in my estimation, the" Orpheus and Eurydice" myth itself much richer in depth; this variant makes a trifle out of its classical position. And for what purpose? I really didn't want to laugh about the plight of the characters, and I can appreciate the irony without smiling, which I felt I was being manipulated into doing. And the annoying Chorus of Stones - was it supposed to be cute? - left me - well - cold. Were the short scenes supposed to be profound? I could not identify with any character and was holding out for some care to be aroused in me. Even at the end I was still waiting... . When I finished my reading I sat still for only a few minutes wondering if some feeling from some source I may not have recognized would flood me somehow. Instead, I walked over to my bookshelf and without the slightest bit of emotion filed the play away. On second thought, I think I'm going to bring the volume to the second-hand book store.
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I hated this play. Not much story. I bought it because I'm looking for female monologues for teens. I didn't find one worth performing for auditions. I found this to be rather abstract.
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