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Our Country's Good Acting Edition

3.8 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0871293428
ISBN-10: 0871293420
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"Wertenbaker has searched history and found in it a humanistic lesson for hard modern times: rough, sombre, undogmatic and warm" The Sunday Times "Highly theatrical, often funny and at times dark and disturbing, it sets an infant civilization on the stage with clarity, economy and insight" The Daily Telegraph, Charles Spencer --The Sunday Times, The Daily Telegraph

About the Author

Timberlake Wertenbaker was born in France and was Resident Writer for 'Shared Experience' in 1983 and the Royal Court Theatre 1984-85. She is best known for her play Our Country's Good (1988), based on the novel The Playmaker by Thomas Keneally. First performed at the Royal Court in 1988, it was awarded the Laurence Olivier/BBC Award for Best New Play, the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best New Foreign Play and was nominated for six 'Tonies'.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 109 pages
  • Publisher: Dramatic Publishing; Acting edition (February 27, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0871293420
  • ISBN-13: 978-0871293428
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 4.8 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,032 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As an A level theatre studies student, "Our Country's Good" is, for me, an extraordinary simulacrum of our current trauma, and the ways in which art can both enlighten the best in us and help us to transcend the intolerable worst.

The last reviewer, who stated the play as `stupid', obviously has no imagination and knows little about the underlying themes and context within each character and the play as a whole.

Rich, funny, haunting, and deeply moving, Wertenbaker has searched history and found a humanistic parable for our harsh modern era: theatre is what makes us human in the face of absolute cruelty.

"Our Country's Good" is definitely a must-read and see for anyone who believes in the ability of the theatre to move and change lives.
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This is a 3 1/2 star play. An earlier critic noted that the lead male character is not very interesting and that some dialogue seems to go nowhere. I agree with both of those statements. That said, this is decent read and a good play to see in person (I saw it at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis during the summer of 2014).

Two great characters with interesting experiences and philosophies are Ketch and Captain Phillip. Ketch is a prisoner who was given the choice "hang or be hanged." He chose to become a hangman and earned the scorn of his fellow prisoners. In later stages of the play, we learn about his sad (unfair) background.

Captain Phillip is the real gem of this play. He was a retired British Naval officer who was asked to become the Governor of Australia and oversee the penal colony and the building of the society. He urges Lt. Clark to put on a play using the prisoners in order to show them and others that they are human. The second scene in Act Two contains one of the great dialogues in modern theater.

A hint of it:

Phillip: If you break conventions, it's inevitable you make enemies, Lieutenant. This play irritates them.
Ralph: Yes and I --
Phillip: Socrates irritated the state of Athens and was put to death for it.
Ralph: Sir --
Phillip: Would you want a world without Socrates?
Ralph: Sir --
Philip: In the Meno, one of Plato's great dialogues, have you read it, Lieutenant, Socrates demonstrates that a slave boy can learn the principles of geometry as well as a gentleman.
Ralph: Ah --
Phillip: In other words, he shows that human beings have an intelligence which has nothing to do with the circumstances into which they are born.
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I saw this show years ago on Broadway. I was standing in the TIX line with my husband, and the woman behind us recommended it. Mimimal set, especially for a Broadway production, and almost all of the actors were playing double roles. The show is everything that is good about theatre. Maximum impact because the magic happens in the minds of the audience. I'm amazed that it isn't produced more frequently. The theme is theatre as a civilizing influence. I couldn't agree more.
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By Amanda on February 3, 2016
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Great for class study!
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I bought this play for class. It's a strange one.. sort of campy. Guess it depends on how you look at it. It was fun to perform.
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