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Extremities: A Play in Two Acts Paperback – November 8, 2010


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 76 pages
  • Publisher: Samuel French, Inc. (November 8, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 057360875X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0573608759
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #340,937 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Aco on February 28, 2005
Format: Paperback
Fast paced, violent and cruel play about a lowlife, Raul, who intrudes upon Marjorie, an unemployed young woman. He attempts to rape her, but she swiftly turns the tables, caging him in a fireplace and torturing him.

This isn't giving away the story, because the significance of Extremities is in the behavior, especially of Marjorie, toward Raul, and her roommates, Patricia and Terry, who both come home and must deal with the situation.

What makes Extremities interesting is the sort of fatal hand of timing, in that Marjorie seems to be at her wits end, and Raul's presence precipitates an unraveling that exposes the animal and the pain and anger in a young woman.

The writing is fast paced, full of colloqueal slang, raw and brazen in it's frayed nerves.

This is a quick read, and would be interesting and intense to see on stage.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gary F. Taylor HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 29, 2011
Format: Paperback
Written by William Mastrosimone and opening in New York in 1982, EXTREMITIES ran for less than a year--but its fame became such that it was soon widely around the country and it continues to be well regarded today.

The story, which plays out in two acts, is surprisingly simple. Marjorie shares a house with two room mates, Terry and Patricia. One morning when her roommates are out, a strange man barges into the house. He claims to be looking for a friend named Joe--but it is soon clear he has come to rape Marjorie, who he seems to have been stalking for quite some time. But Marjorie is lucky: when the attack begins she is able to grab a can of wasp-killer and sprays her attacker in the face. He is blinded and in pain, and she uses the opportunity to trap him in the fireplace, where she tortures him with threats to bury him alive in the garden.

The second act finds the two roommates returned to the house. Both are shocked and horrified, but both have very different attitudes about the event. Terry confesses that she herself was raped--and said nothing about it because she felt she couldn't prove it. She holds out no hope that Majorie will be believed, and she urges Marjorie to simply let the rapist go. Patricia puts her own faith in the law, and urges Marjorie to summon the authorities. As the wrangle progresses, the rapist cleverly interjects comments that further divide the women against each other--until Marjorie discovers that he is carrying a hunting knife, a fact that indicates he not only intended to rape Marjorie, but kill her, and possibly her roommates as well. The play concludes with the rapist confessing to other rapes, and with this information available to support her own story, Marjorie at last allows her roommates to summon the authorities.
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By Josh on January 24, 2014
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This play is affordable and a good read. I bought it to try out for a play. I didn't but I still enjoy owning this.
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By D on January 8, 2014
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It came on time.
It was packaged well.
The description said that he had some wear and tear but it was in ok condition a little scuffled on the back but the actually pages were fine. Very happy with the delivery.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By pen pen name on April 10, 2007
Format: Paperback
The afterword by the playwright is one of the best parts. His story was inspired by meeting a real victim of rape, with a court case in which the rapist made jokes about her at the trial, he was set free, and on the courthouse steps, he told her "Wait until next time."

Chilling, and horrible, but true, about our court system. Highly recommended.
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