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Est Marathon '98: The Complete One-Act Plays (Contemporary Playwrights Series) 1st Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
They make good reading, too -- bite-sized theatre reading for the hectic 90s. I predict that some of the lesser known names in the book will be big someday. At least they will if there's any justice in this wacky post-theatrical era...
My favorites from this collection are as follows: "Mary MacGregor," by Keith Alan Benjamin, a 2-character piece about love and loss; "How to Plant a Rose," by Elizabeth Diggs, a 1-person piece that combines family history and gardening; "Donut Holes in Orbit," by Prince Golmolvilas, about a conflict between a Chinese-American woman and her immigrant mother; "The Trio," by Shel Silverstein, an intriguing play about musicianship; "The Hundred Penny Box," by Barbara Sundstrom, about conflict within a multigenerational African-American family (this play has an unforgettable character in 100-year old Aunt Dew); and "Killing Hand," by David Zellnik, an unsettling play that deals with the aftermath of atrocities committed during the war in the former Yugoslavia.
This anthology shows just how potent the genre of the one-act play is. Thanks to the Ensemble Studio Theatre (that's the "EST" of the title) for promoting this genre.