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"* 'A seriously gifted playwright' (Four) Independent * 'Writing like this is rare' (Other People) Independent on Sunday" --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Christopher Shinn was born in Hartford, CT and lives in New York. His plays include "Where Do We Live," "Other People," "What Didn't Happen" and "On the Mountain." His work has been produced around the world. He is a winner of an OBIE in Playwriting and the Robert S. Chesney Award. He teaches playwriting at the New School.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Theatre Communications Group; First Edition edition (May 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1559363290
  • ISBN-13: 978-1559363297
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.3 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #698,924 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Shinn, a playwright completely unknown to me before seeing his name pop up on the 'Pulitzer Prize for Drama' Wikipedia page, writes with a keen ear for natural dialogue.

His characters are clumsy with their words, which, yes, makes for a tougher and possibly more frustrating read. But when one goes the extra mile to read the dialogue as though it was being spoken by a person on a stage, you really do get a sense of how well crafted this play is. A deserving Pulitzer finalist.

Having twins played by the same actor really puts an emphasis on how minimal the play is as a whole, with hardly any (written) light or sound changes throughout the production. He also keeps stage direction very minimal, choosing to focus on the words and not the physical actions of each character.

One of the better plays I've read--very easy, very simple, and yet touching, painful. Shinn has all the workings of a great dramatist; Dying City is step number one.
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As I am writing my thesis about Pulitzer Prize winning drama, I am reading a lot of modern American Drama, mostly PP winners and nominees. "Dying City" has truly become one of my contemporary favorites. The play is simple, yet compelling, dealing with grief and the loss of love on many different levels. I can highly recommend it to theater groups as a new production and feel it is a great example of writing that is actually meant for the stage and does not hope to be turned into a movie...
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I thought that this play was defiantly worth the read. Its a bit choppy at times but Mr. Shinn defiantly captures the awkwardness and suffering in this play. If you like older plays like Tennessee Williams and August Wilson you will like Dying City. It is a sad play and the playwright meant for it to be. Its not fluffy and light. the more you read and study it the more it will grow on you. Don't just read it for the sake of reading something. Read it with the idea to study a good and challenging piece of theatre
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