Signs of Life: Six Comedies of Menace 1st Edition

ISBN-13: 978-0819563231
ISBN-10: 0819563234
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Editorial Reviews

From Library Journal

Originally written to be read as stories, the six plays in this collection reveal the author's talents for language and metaphor as she explores some disturbing aspects of our recent history and culture. In Cabin Fever, cannibalism is used as a metaphor for the devouring nature of idle gossip. The Last Days of Hitler looks at the Holocaust through the eyes of an increasingly Jewish Hitler and Eva Braun. Burning Desires is set in 1950s Seattle, where the chief character, Joan Dark, leads the pyromaniacal Bonfire Girls under the guidance of her spiritual mentors Marlene Dietrich, Emily Bronte, Gertrude Stein, and a closeted Emily Dickinson. Schenkar is widely regarded as America's most original contemporary female playwright. Her combination of surrealism and dark humor will not appeal to everyone, but those who like their comedy with a bite will feast on this title. Recommended for larger modern drama collections.?Howard E. Miller, St. Louis Science Ctr.
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"Dazzling disruptions of the language. Schenkar's comic instincts are splendidly liberating: her passion is spoken subtext, catching characters in the dark middle of their debased imaginations." &#8212;Village Voice

"The hysterical humour and macabre logic of a nightmare crossed with a comic strip. A distinctly unenglish, horrifying, funny, and very very weird evening."&#8212;Lyn Gardner, City Limits (London)

"Schenkar, a relentless intellect, has stayed true to her dark vision, her 'comedy of menace.' She is writing challenging, provocative plays and is giving no quarter to easy answers or mass popularity."&#8212;Seattle Post Intelligencer

Product details

  • Publisher : Wesleyan University Press; 1st edition (December 15, 1997)
  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 302 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0819563234
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0819563231
  • Reading age : 18 years and up
  • Item Weight : 1.05 pounds
  • Dimensions : 6.25 x 0.75 x 9.5 inches

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