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Eurydice Paperback – January 1, 2008

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

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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 8 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,025 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 alternate Paperback edition.

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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 alternate Paperback edition.

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7 of 7 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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3 of 3 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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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ghostlight Chicago on October 5, 2009
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This is the best play ever! Lyric and beautiful. Abstract and sad. Don't miss this retelling of the Orpheus myth from his wife's point of view.
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3 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Travis Ann Sherman VINE VOICE on May 27, 2010
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Just kidding, I can never resist making knock knock jokes out of Greek tragedies. Which, unfortunately, is not what Eurydice is. It's the work of a modern playwright who is working through the recent death of her father, delving into the process and nature of death and forgetting. That part of the play which dealt with Eurydice's relationship with her father was powerful. By contrast, that part which dealt with Orpheus was as tedious as plays about lovers can be.

Perhaps unfairly, I thought I was getting a Greek tragedy, with its attendant rich characters, complex plots, sacred tales fraught with challenging emotions, etc. By contrast to the works of, say Euripedes, Eurydice is a vague composition, hints heard through gauze. It's remarkably brief as well, about a twenty minute read. I read the play prior to seeing it performed, and didn't see how the troupe would fill a whole evening with it. The stones who wept when Orpheus sang were a help. They were wonderful in person, but you have to imagine that when you read the play.

Seeing this play was entertaining, and it was a pleasant read as well. It would make a great musical.
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