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William the Wonder Kid: Plays, Puppet Plays and Theater Writings Paperback – December 1, 1996

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This is a voice from an old but much too infrequently heard theater form. Theorist, poet, and playwright Silk works in the subgenre of puppet plays for adults, combining Commedia and Absurdism, Magritte-style surrealism and childlike openness. The body of this book consists of over a dozen short plays for actors, puppets, and things and body-parts (mostly still attached to actors/puppets). Silk insists on the equality of people and things, so the plays often are about hats, chairs, toilets, and the like. These pieces are framed by two theoretical essays that help to make the intention clear and the plays accessible to the reader. Silk calls for a radical rethinking of the grammar of performance, and his works are funny, startling, and experimental in the best sense, forcing us to perceive stage imagery in a new way. Clearly for the specialist and risk-taker, this book is for academic and large public theater collections.?Thomas E. Luddy, Salem State Coll., Mass.
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Dennis Silk is a delicious poet. Utterly natural, entirely himself, he works by a curious method. What he does, in his easy way, is to surround the inexpressible, which is charmed by his siege and surrenders. It's all very simple. -- Saul Bellow

Dennis Silk's brilliantly inventive, wickedly funny plays impart a truth that has the power of divination. I cannot praise this masterful collection too highly. -- Walter Abish

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 273 pages
  • Publisher: Sheep Meadow; 1st edition (December 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1878818503
  • ISBN-13: 978-1878818508
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,288,787 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 20, 1999
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Dennis Silk has a grand insight into how things work in theater. HIs extensive work with large puppets, his poetic soul, his life long love of theater make this a must have book for small theater groups to use. More of these pieces should be seen.
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