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Forbidden Acts: Pioneering Gay & Lesbian Plays of the 20th Century Paperback – September 1, 2003
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This well-selected anthology chronologically examines 10 plays that "are notable for having explored gay or lesbian themes in what might be loosely termed a 'pioneering' way." Encompassing genres from drama and tragedy to romance and comedy, the works discussed include 1910's The God of Vengeance by Sholom Ash, 1934's The Children's Hour by Lillian Hellman, 1965's The Killing of Sister George by Frank Marcus and 1994's Love! Valour! Compassion! by Terrence McNally. For each play, Hodges gives the full text, and, for some, he shares a brief overview that puts the play in context. The compilation-which includes three out-of-print plays-deftly shows how the 20th-century stage progressed from burying and implying homosexuality to showing gay characters with an "unapologetic, happenstance presentation." Scholars of gay and lesbian history, as well as theater buffs, will want to add this important volume to their collections. Photos.
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"This long overdue anthology is more than welcome; It seems a necessity. Some of the plays are familiar; some are of the 'where have you been all our lives?' variety; all of them are essential to understanding the contribution and evolution of Gay Theatre in our time." --Terrence McNally, Playwright
"Forbidden Acts" is essential for readers of all persuasions. At this turning point in the nation's history of gays and lesbians, it's a remarkable reader of our crossing the stage in the 20th century; entrance, stage right, as problems of society--to our commanding center stage, as 'pillars.'" --Paula Vogel, playwright
This well-selected anthology chronologically examines 10 plays that""are notable for having explored gay or lesbian themes in what might be loosely termed a 'pioneering' way."" Scholars of gay and lesbian history, as well as theater buffs, will want to add this important volume to their collections. --Publishers Weekly
"Years from now, when they speak of lesbian and gay plays, and they will, they will speak of Forbidden Acts. Editor Ben Hodges's smart introduction locates each play in historical and critical contexts then allows the dramas, comedies, and tragedies to speak for themselves." --The Advocate
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