Gruesome Playground Injuries; Animals Out of Paper; Benga... and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more
Buy New
$12.56
Qty:1
  • List Price: $15.95
  • Save: $3.39 (21%)
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
In Stock.
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.
Gift-wrap available.
Add to Cart
Want it tomorrow, April 25? Order within and choose One-Day Shipping at checkout. Details
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 2 images

Gruesome Playground Injuries; Animals Out of Paper; Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo: Three Plays Paperback


See all 2 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from Collectible from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Paperback
"Please retry"
$12.56
$9.37 $7.92

Frequently Bought Together

Gruesome Playground Injuries; Animals Out of Paper; Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo: Three Plays + Clybourne Park: A Play (Tony Award Best Play) + Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
Price for all three: $38.38

Buy the selected items together

Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought

NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

100 M&T
100 Mysteries & Thrillers to Read in a Lifetime
Looking for something good to read? Browse our picks for 100 Mysteries & Thrillers to Read in a Lifetime, brought to you by the Amazon Book Editors.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Soft Skull Press (November 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593762941
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593762940
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #70,053 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5 stars
5 star
9
4 star
4
3 star
0
2 star
0
1 star
0
See all 13 customer reviews
Incredibly creative & interesting to read!
san uria
I had read it before auditioning and found it to be a completely engaging read.
Travis
And Joseph is a playwright to watch with anticipation for his next plays.
Rick Toscan

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Olivia Sather on January 16, 2011
Format: Paperback
I started with Greusome Playground Injuries and read the plays in order. They get better and better. Seriously some of the best play writing I've read. LOVE these plays! And I would LOVE to see them on a stage!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Travis on February 7, 2013
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
It's extremely difficult to find an author's collection with such consistently good work. Every playwright has their duds, but if Rajiv Joseph has any, they're not here. The book itself, is light and very easy to read, but it's really the plays that make it so special.

I performed Gruesome Playground Injuries as Doug last year and the play captured my imagination completely. I had read it before auditioning and found it to be a completely engaging read. Quick, easy, and memorable. Doug and Kayleen's relationship is so beautiful and easy to relate to that I defy anybody to feel like the story does not apply to them. It's a story that the audience (and the reader) will absolutely care about. Doug, particularly, is a character you instantly fall in love with, which makes the rest of the story so terribly crushing. Kayleen isn't quite as loveable, but you recognize and empathize with her pain. Joseph does a wonderful job of morphing his characters throughout their youth and adulthood. It was a complete pleasure to not only perform this play, but read it as well. It's my favorite of the three.

Animals Out of Paper is more traditionally written. Gruesome jumps around, but Animals Out of Paper is one fluid story. All three characters are incredibly well-written. The story is engaging start to finish and you feel for and understand every single character. There are some great monologues for men and women here and this is definitely worth the read.

Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo is probably the most abstract of the three, but once the concept clicks for you, it's a wonderful trip from there on out. The Tiger is wonderfully crafted, mixing all the facets of the human condition.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Stanley on August 7, 2011
Format: Paperback
I've seen two out of three of these plays performed live (Gruesome Playground Injuries and Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo), and am currently reading Animals out of Paper. From when I saw Gruesome Playground Injuries, the person that I went with asked me "is this something you'd go see again?" and I said probably not at that point. However, over the next several days things just sunk in and I realized what a brilliant masterpiece it was. Sadly, I saw it towards the end of its run at Second Stage and didn't get to see it again, but it'd be wonderful to see another director conceive the production, because you can go so many different ways with the staging.

Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo was another production that I admired, and I saw it on it's closing weekend on Broadway. Beyond the brilliant writing, the performance was awesome - Robin Williams really did well!

I'm currently reading Animals out of Paper (not quite done yet), and I would LOVE to see a production of it. The relationship between Ilana and Suresh is extremely complex and nuanced, and Suresh is a very interesting character in his own right, damaged yet extremely talented, much like Ilana, but I won't give away much more than that :)
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Extremely well crafted, each play keeps you interested while evoking debate and discussion. I finished each really having a sense of the characters, able to understand their perspectives. Life is complicated, right and wrong get blurred, and this is captured in these plays. People make mistakes and try to figure out how to move forward in an engaging and interesting way. I found I could relate, or at the very least, appreciate, the viewpoint and actions of each character and finished each play thinking about what I just read and what would I have done in those situations. Thought-provoking. Highly recommend.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
By Ela on August 13, 2013
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
The book was brand new, great condition. The plays were equally thought-provoking and could be easily done onstage. I LOVE THEM!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I bought this book based solely on the fact I wanted to read Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo. When I was living in L.A. years ago, I remember a buzz going around town about this play. That's pretty impressive, considering L.A. is movie town.

Bengal Tiger has everything. It will make you think, laugh, cry, squirm... you name it.

Bengal Tiger also gets into politics. The play focuses on the Iraq War and some of the questions that should've been asked by both governments.

The characters are very colorful. In order for a play to be successful, you need to have uneven characters. Bengal Tiger accomplishes that.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
By san uria on April 21, 2013
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Not so!!! Incredibly creative & interesting to read! Enjoyed Animals Out of Paper. Sweet & touching. Very, very creative! Awesome!!!!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Product Images from Customers

Search
ARRAY(0xa249c778)

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?