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13 by Shanley: Thirteen Plays (Thirteen by Shanley) Paperback – February 1, 2000
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Shanley isn't everyone's cup of tea. However, if you have any kind of appreciative bone in your body for passionately quirky romances like "Moonstruck" or moodily misunderstood fairlytales like "Joe Versus The Volcano" (my personal all-time favorite)... then I STRONGLY urge you to pick up "13 by Shanley" for 13 cultured tales of love, beauty, and self-discovery.
Shanley's a genius. He's in a class by himself.
I liked "Women of Manhattan" the best, perhaps because I could so easily see Jean Smart as Rhonda, and Judy Davis as Judy. Perfect for them. Billie, not so sure. The first play, "Danny and the Deep Blue Sea" originally starred John Turturro, and seemed tailor-made for him.
Shanley, who wrote "Moonstruck" and received a Pulitzer Prize for "Doubt" (he directed the film) has a real gift for writing Bronx speech. He was raised in the Bronx I gather. "Italian American Reconciliation" also starred John Turturro as Aldo, along with Laura San Giacomo as Teresa. The ending in this one was kinda ambiguous. "The Big Funk" starred Jeanne Tripplehorn as Jill who gets bathed onstage in a bathtub. She of the "Water World" film.
I am glad to have read them, if for no other reason than to see the young Shanley's work. And they were interesting. A glimpse into the microcosmic world of the Bronx.
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Fantastic introduction to some of Shanley's work. He is, by far, one of the greatest living playwrights of our time.Published 19 months ago by msmith