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  • Paperback: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Samuel French, Inc.; Edition Unstated edition (November 22, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0874406382
  • ISBN-13: 978-0874406382
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #958,203 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Here's another one-act for you from the talented folks at L A Theatre Works. It's Susan Glaspell's Trifles, the story of a woman who is accused of murdering her husband by strangling him with a piece of rope. But really, the story is more about the people that come to her house the following day. On the scene are the sheriff, the county attorney, and Mr. Hale, the neighbor who discovered the crime. Also present are Mr. Hale's wife, and the sheriff's wife, Mrs. Peters. The men have gathered to look for evidence and to take Mr. Hale's statement, while the women have come to gather up a few things to take to the accused, who is in jail.

The real gem of this story is the irony Glaspell shrewdly wrote into it. The men tromp around the place looking for clues and not really finding anything, all the while teasing the women who seem more worried about the accused's fruit preserves and the half finished quilt. What the men don't know however, is that the women have figured out more than they are letting on. Mrs. Hale has observed how quiet and reclusive the accused had grown over the years, and has now witnessed the unkempt house and the erratic stitching on the quilt. And then there's the canary with the broken neck. The two ladies have pieced together what was going on in the house, the real question is what will they do with that knowledge?

Trifles is a full cast audio production complete with sound effects and stars Jeanie Hackett as Mrs. Peters, Amy Madigan as Mrs. Hale, Sam McMurray as the Sheriff, Steven Vinovich as Mr. Hale, and Steven Weber as the County Attorney. The entire cast delivered a wonderfully dramatic performance and the sound effects were appropriate and well done.
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By JoAn S. Segal on August 20, 2013
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Wonderful, timely little rural murder with overtones of abused wives, insightful women and men who think they know all and women are only interested in "trifles.'
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By █ R I Z Z O VINE VOICE on October 28, 2009
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Most likely, Trifles is one of the most popular plays for education in literature drama. It features several elements that make up an engaging one-act play. It is mysterious, a farmer has been murdered, suspense throughout the play, characterization well defined, moral conflict, and most of all, we get a man versus woman thing going on. Women, regardless of the situation, have a sense of compassion for one another which differs what men think, in a sexist manner. The time is the early 1900s, and the setting is a farmhouse in the cold of the rural middle West with five characters.

A Sheriff, County Attorney, and neighbor have arrived at the abandoned home of James Wright, who was found strangled in bed as he slept near his wife, the accused. The sheriff's wife, Mrs. Peters and the neighbor's wife, Mrs. Hale, have come along to the farmhouse. It is here that the women in a casual, nonconforming method start analyzing the farmhouse, the accused, the lifestyle, etc. The men, on the other hand, don't take much to the women sleuthing around, as it is their job. In other words, they don't take it serious.

Trifles is Susan Glaspell's most popular play. She was born in 1882 and died in 1948 and the story is based on an experience in her life as a journalist. Glaspell wrote a fully length drama Alison's House A Play in Three Acts. For that, she won the Pulitzer Prize in 1931. .....Rizzo
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Louise Roebuck Cook on September 12, 2010
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this was required for a class and ended up half the cost of the university bookstore and came quickly and in good shape
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1 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Whats My Line on July 15, 2008
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This is a nice little edition of Glaspell's most famous play.

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