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No Turn Unstoned: The Worst Ever Theatrical Reviews Hardcover – October, 1983


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday; 1st edition (October 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385188625
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385188623
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 6.9 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,991,535 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By John Jordan on June 17, 2005
Format: Hardcover
One of those rare books that consistently leaves the reader in tears of laughter (albeit at someone else's expense).

I must say that I have newfound respect for actors after reading this book. The performers in these pages are some of the world's most renowned actors and yet no one escapes unscathed.

My favorite selection is the diary of an actress in a touring company of Romeo and Juliet and her description of the problems she encounters during a performance.

I wish I could give it more than five stars!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 14, 1998
Format: Paperback
Diana Rigg, as an actor, has turned the other cheek by collecting and editing reviews of theatrical productions, past and present. Although the reviews are often at the expense of the principals in a production, they are written and edited in such a manner that makes them possibly more interesting than the production itself. If biting wit that sometimes draws blood is your thing, then you will enjoy this book.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 30, 2000
Format: Paperback
The world of theatre criticism can be a brutal and mean place where careers are lost and broken. The chance for comedy is just as enormous. Diana Rigg has compiled some of the meanest, nastiest, and funniest theatre reviews ever published. Playwrights, actors, actresses, directors and the productions themselves are all hung out to dry. This book is a hilarious addition to anyone's collection.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Fairportfan on February 8, 2010
Format: Paperback
Typical of the type of review found in this collection - Dame Diana was appearing on Broadway in a play (Troilus & Cressida, i think) that included a nude scene with her male co-star. (As i recall, it would have been near the end of the 1960s - '68 or '69, perhaps - when she would have been about thirty.)

She reports that, after reading it, she was so deflated that she literally sneaked into the theatre before the next show and hid out in her dressing room until she absolutely *had* to go on.

The offending comment? " ... Diana Rigg, who is built like a brick cathedral with insufficient flying buttresses ... "
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By W. Jones Jordan on December 8, 2012
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I greatly enjoyed some of the nastiest reviews ever published, and laughed out loud at many of them. I think this book would appear to anyone interested in the history of film or theater.
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