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The Best of Plays and Players 1953-1968, Roberts, Peter, ed.
101 Roberts, Peter, ed. The Best of Plays and Players 1953-1968
London Methuen 1988 0-413-52960-6 / 9780413529602 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj 
[top corners bumped, otherwise a very nice copy with just minimal wear to book and jacket, faint foxing to top page edges]. (B&W photographs by Zoe Dominic) "Richly illustrated with an extraordinary array of photographs from the archives of leading theatre photographer ZoŽ Dominic, this volume brings together some of the most significant contemporary comment on the [British] theatre from the period 1953-1968. It has been compiled by Peter Roberts, who joined Plays and Players soon after its inception [in 1953] and remained with it as assistant and then editor for more than fifteen years." 
Price: 15.00 USD
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Harriet [*SIGNED* by Helen Hayes], Ryerson, Florence, and Colin Clements
102 Ryerson, Florence, and Colin Clements Harriet [*SIGNED* by Helen Hayes]
New York Charles Scribner's Sons 1943 First Edition Hardcover Very Good 
(no dust jacket) [moderate overall wear, a solid copy but with some unfortunate damage to the lower rear corner (about 1/4-inch of board exposed), and some staining across the lower edge of the rear cover]. (B&W photo frontispiece) SIGNED/INSCRIBED by the co-author (Colin Clements) on the ffep, and additionally SIGNED and dated 1944 by legendary actress Helen Hayes on the second fep. Hayes starred in the play on Broadway, in the title role of Harriet Beecher Stowe. In addition, there is a note card from Mr. Clements glued to the front pastedown, in which he writes to the book's inscribee: "If you should see Harriet in New York this winter please go back after the play and say hello to Helen Hayes for us. She, too, knows Booth Tarkington. I wish we did. / Colin." It seems that the book's owner carried out this request, and no doubt obtained Hayes's signature at that time. Signed by One Author 
Price: 50.00 USD
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Get Away Old Man: A Play in Two Acts, Saroyan, William
103 Saroyan, William Get Away Old Man: A Play in Two Acts
New York Harcourt, Brace & Company (c.1944) NO First Edition Hardcover Near Fine 
(no dust jacket) [nice copy, no significant wear, light spotting on front cover]. In the wake of M-G-M's refusal to let Saroyan direct the film version of his novel "The Human Comedy," the bitter author poured his bile against Hollywood into this play, in which an idealistic author is pitted against a crass movie studio head. The latter character was quite obviously patterned after Louis B. Mayer; the former (a surrogate for Saroyan) was played by Richard Widmark in the orignal Broadway production, which ran for only thirteen performances. 
Price: 12.00 USD
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The Fabulous Toby and Me, Schaffner, Neil E., with Vance Johnson
104 Schaffner, Neil E., with Vance Johnson The Fabulous Toby and Me
Englewood Cliffs NJ Prentice-Hall, Inc. (c.1968) First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj 
[very nice copy, slight bumping to ends of spine, no other significant wear; jacket shows only a trace of soiling, very slight browning to spine, minor wear along top edge]. (B&W photographs) "'Once upon a wonderful time,' a young boy named Neil Schaffner left his home and family to join a traveling company of repertoire actors. He took with him a broad-brimmed hat, a Prince Albert coat with satin lapels, and a Western outfit, complete with chaps, spurs and leather wristlets. Within sixteen yeaars he began The Schaffner Players, and in time, achieved national acclaim. [This book] is Neil Schaffner's own look at the tent repertoire shows which made him the best-known trouper in the American folk theater." 
Price: 20.00 USD
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Jimmy Shine, Schisgal, Murray
105 Schisgal, Murray Jimmy Shine
New York Atheneum 1969 NO First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good- dj 
[good solid copy, fading to cloth at top/bottom edges, faint dust-soiling to top edge; once-red band across jacket faded to white, irregular fading to rear panel, light surface wear, tiny tears at base of spine]. Comedy about a "loser," with Dustin Hoffman (pictured with the playwright in a great photo on the rear jacket panel) in the lead of the original Broadway production. 
Price: 5.00 USD
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A Hole in the Head, Schulman, Arnold
106 Schulman, Arnold A Hole in the Head
New York Random House (c.1957, 1955) First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj design) Meyer Wagman & Benedict Umy 
[light shelfwear to bottom edge, front hinge a little weak; jacket a bit rubbed/scuffed, especially along hinges, some soiling to rear panel]. (B&W photographs) Play about a Miami hotel operator; basis for the 1959 Frank Capra/Frank Sinatra film. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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Hamlet: A Tragedy: The E.H. Sothern Acting Version, Shakespeare, William
107 Shakespeare, William Hamlet: A Tragedy: The E.H. Sothern Acting Version
New York McClure, Phillips & Co. 1903 (c.1901) NO Later Printing Hardcover Good Illustrated by (cover painting) McLellan 
(pictorial boards; no dust jacket) [heavily worn along spine and edges, bumped a bit at all corners, rear joint partially split (webbing visible) but binding still intact; contemporary Christmas gift inscription in pencil on ffep]. (B&W photographs) Illustrated with photographs of various stage tableaux from the production, and a couple of medium close-up shots of Sothern himself. Sothern, a long-established matinee idol of the American stage, had (per Wikipedia) long "dreamed of mounting a spectacular and precise production of Hamlet. He finally opened the play in New York in 1900, but during the first week, he was stabbed in the foot by Laertes' sword and was stricken with blood poisoning, closing the production. After he recovered, he revived the piece on tour, but the sets and cosumes were destroyed by a fire in Cincinnati, Ohio." (The "Dramatis Personae" printed in this volume would appear to document the cast of the 1902 revival rather than the ill-fated 1900 staging, as Laertes (he of the wayward sword) was played by Sydney C. Mather, who had taken over from the clumsy Vincent Sternroyd. (Ophelia, in this production, was portrayed by Cecelia Loftus, and the courtier Osric by a young Cecil B. de Mille.) Mather continued in the role in support of Sothern in subsequent revivals of the play, and in 1922-23 he appeared as Laertes yet again in the John Barrymore production -- although by then he was about ten years old than the guy playing his father, Polonius.) 
Price: 35.00 USD
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Six Plays [The Doctor's Dilemma; Pygmalion; Major Barbara; Heartbreak House; Captain Brassbound's Conversion; A Man of Destiny], Shaw, [George] Bernard
108 Shaw, [George] Bernard Six Plays [The Doctor's Dilemma; Pygmalion; Major Barbara; Heartbreak House; Captain Brassbound's Conversion; A Man of Destiny]
New York Dodd, Mead & Company 1946 NO Later Printing Hardcover Very Good+ in Good dj 
[a good, solidly bound copy, a bit of shelfwear to bottom edge; jacket is edgeworn, faded at spine, with a few small nicks and tears, a bit of creasing]. The texts of the plays encompass the author's "latest textual revisions," and are accompanied by their "equally famous prefaces." 
Price: 30.00 USD
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The Collected Plays of Neil Simon, Volume III [including "The Brighton Beach Trilogy"] [*SIGNED*], Simon, Neil
109 Simon, Neil The Collected Plays of Neil Simon, Volume III [including "The Brighton Beach Trilogy"] [*SIGNED*]
New York Random House (c.1991) 0-679-40889-4 / 9780679408895 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj) Paul Davis Signed by Author
[a lovely copy, the slightest trace of soiling to the bottom page tips notwithstanding; the jacket is flawless except for a very tiny scuff mark on the front panel, but you'll have to hold it at an angle to the light or you'll never see it]. INSCRIBED simply ("To ________") and SIGNED by the author on the half-title page. Contains: "Sweet Charity"; "They're Playing Our Song"; "I Ought to Be in Pictures"; "Fools"; "The Odd Couple (Female Version)"; "Brighton Beach Memoirs"; "Biloxi Blues"; "Broadway Bound." With an introduction by Simon, "The Art of Hindsight." This book is, for some reason, the scarcest of four volumes of Simon's "Collected Plays," and any volumes in this series are seldom found signed. Signed by Author 
Price: 200.00 USD
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Sweet Charity, Simon, Neil (book); music by Cy Coleman, lyrics by Dorothy Fields
110 Simon, Neil (book); music by Cy Coleman, lyrics by Dorothy Fields Sweet Charity
New York Random House (c.1966) Book Club Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good+ dj 
(corner-clipped to remove "Book Club" designation) [light wear to cloth at spine ends, top page edges darkened, one-time owner's signature on ffep; jacket shows minor wear at extremities, light soiling, one-inch closed tear at bottom left corner of front panel]. (B&W photographs) One of the great musicals of the 1960's, adapted from Federico Fellini's film "Nights of Cabiria." A triumph for choreographer Bob Fosse on the stage, less so in his 1969 screen adaptation (which substituted Shirley MacLaine for Gwen Verdon). 
Price: 50.00 USD
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The Everyman Book of Theatrical Anecdotes, Sinden, Donald, ed.
111 Sinden, Donald, ed. The Everyman Book of Theatrical Anecdotes
London J M Dent & Sons Ltd. 1987 0-460-04692-6 / 9780460046923 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj) Leonard Boden 
[top corners of book lightly bumped, a trace of soiling to page edges; jacket shows only light handling wear, one tiny tear at bottom rear foldover]. "This wonderfully amusing collection of nearly 400 anecdote [constitutes] a unique, informal history of the theatre, in both England and America. Donald Sinden has organised the book chronologically, from Christopher Marlowe to Maria Aitken, and in between all manner of actors, actresses, producers, directors, prompters, stagehands and impresarios have their parts to play. Their observations, advice, rebukes and repartee, couched in humorous form, make this book a splendid treasure-trove, to be enjoyed by all." 
Price: 15.00 USD
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The Drama of Attack: Didactic Plays of the American Depression, Smiley, Sam
112 Smiley, Sam The Drama of Attack: Didactic Plays of the American Depression
Columbia University of Missouri Press (c.1972) 0-8262-0118-0 / 9780826201188 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj) Eucalyptus Tree Studio 
[nice tight copy, appears unread, very minor spotting on fore-edge; jacket a tiny bit browned at spine, one teensy-tiny chip at bottom of front panel]. The author examines 41 plays produced from 1930 to 1939, including works by Clifford Odets, Lillian Hellman, Elmer Rice, Clare Boothe, Paul Green, Langston Hughes, Sidney Kingsley, Archibald MacLeish and Irwin Shaw, and "presents cogent arguments that they share certain characteristics of the didactic form." 
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Pacific Overtures, Sondheim, Stephen (music and lyrics), and John Weidman (book); additional material by Hugh Wheeler
113 Sondheim, Stephen (music and lyrics), and John Weidman (book); additional material by Hugh Wheeler Pacific Overtures
New York Dodd, Mead & Company (c.1977) 0-396-07414-6 / 9780396074144 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj photo) Martha Swope 
(price-clipped) [light bumping and slight wear to spine ends, erasure abrasion at upper corner of ffep; jacket shows some surface- and edge-wear, small tear at bottom front foldover + associated diagonal creasing at bottom corner of front panel, light soiling to rear panel]. (B&W photographs) Musical play telling the story of Commodore Matthew Perry's 1853 expedition to Japan, incorporating the dramatic techniques of the Japanese kabuki theatre. Frontispiece illustration by Al Hirschfeld. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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The Melancholy Tale of "Me": My Remembrances [limited/numbered/signed edition], Sothern, E.H.
114 Sothern, E.H. The Melancholy Tale of "Me": My Remembrances [limited/numbered/signed edition]
New York Charles Scribner's Sons 1916 Limited Edition Hardcover Very Good Signed by Author
(no dust jacket) [good solid copy, with a small horizontal stain on front cover, otherwise just moderately shelfworn]. (B&W plates) Memoir of one of the most distinguished American actors of his day. "This edition, printed on Old Stratford paper, is limited to one hundred and sixty copies, signed by the author" (this being No. 144); also bears a gift inscription on the half-title page, opposite. Signed by Author 
Price: 40.00 USD
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Boy Meets Girl / Spring Song, Spewack, Bella & Samuel
115 Spewack, Bella & Samuel Boy Meets Girl / Spring Song
New York Random House (c.1936) NO Unstated ed Hardcover Very Good 
(no dust jacket) [moderate exterior wear, binding good and solid, previous owner's last name in red pencil on ffep, spine cloth somewhat faded and gilt lettering thereon rubbed but still readable]. Two plays by the husband-and-wife writing team, the first of which is a classic Hollywood satire. The screenwriting duo portrayed in the play were purportedly inspired by Grover Jones and his long-time partner William Slavens McNutt; the characters were portrayed by James Cagney and Pat O'Brien in the 1938 Warner Bros. film adaptation. 
Price: 7.00 USD
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Clear All Wires! A Play in Three Acts, Spewack, Bella and Samuel
116 Spewack, Bella and Samuel Clear All Wires! A Play in Three Acts
New York Samuel French 1932 First Edition Hardcover Very Good 
(no dust jacket) [good solid copy, with some not-serious water staining along fore-edge and to cloth at base of spine, moderate shelfwear to bottom edge (boards exposed a little at corners)]. Satirical farce about a foreign correspondent in Moscow. Introductory note by Herman Shumlin, who produced the play on Broadway. Scarce. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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Broadway in the West End: An Index of Reviews of American Theatre in London, 1950-1975 [*SIGNED*], Stanley, William T.
117 Stanley, William T. Broadway in the West End: An Index of Reviews of American Theatre in London, 1950-1975 [*SIGNED*]
Westport CT/London Greenwood Press 1978 0-8371-9852-6 / 9780837198521 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine Signed by Author
(no dust jacket, as issued) [minor scuffing/soiling to bottom edge, tiny dark stain at bottom rear corner]. SIGNED by the author on the ffep. "This bibliography covers commercial productions of American plays, musical shows, and revues in the West End from January 1, 1950, to December 31, 1975, comprising roughly 3,000 reviews for 339 productions. The writers included are natives of the United States or individuals whose writings for the theatre were written in the United States and through association are generally considered American. In addition to the commercial productions, the bibliography lists works that were produced by the major subsidized companies in London, important club theatres, and three suburban theatres." In addition to the bibliography proper, there is a chronological listing of the shows produced each year, and a title list that identifies the author(s). Signed by Author 
Price: 10.00 USD
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Broadway's Beautiful Losers, Stasio, Marilyn
118 Stasio, Marilyn Broadway's Beautiful Losers
New York Delacorte Press (c.1972) NO First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj design) Paul Bacon 
[moderately worn copy, bottom corners bumped, fading to cloth at top edges, internally clean, binding solid; jacket a bit edgeworn, minor wrinkling/soiling]. (B&W photographs) "The Strange History of Five Neglected Plays" -- specifically: "Look: We've Come Through" by Hugh Wheeler; "The Beauty Part" by S.J. Perelman; "The Last Analysis" by Saul Bellow; "Xmas in Las Vegas" by Jack Richardson; and "Johnny No-Trump" by Mary Mercier. The author presents an analysis, based on extensive research and interviews, of each of these doomed productions, "all possessed of distinct merit as theater art, yet all victims of the ruthless hit/flop syndrome of Broadway." The book also contains the complete text of all five plays. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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The Great Apostle (Saint Paul); a play of the ages, Stechan, H.O.
119 Stechan, H.O. The Great Apostle (Saint Paul); a play of the ages
Los Angeles Trinity Publications 1930 NO First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Good dj 
[moderate shelfwear to bottom edge, slight bumping to top corners, front hinge a little weak, slight fading to cloth at top of spine; jacket browned with age, various tiny chips but no loss of text or illustrations, old internal tape-repairs at several corners]. According to the jacket blurb, the Apostle Paul had "never been the central character in a play" until Mr. Stechan "devoted a score of years" to the composition of this one. (He proves it by citing his sources, and providing a bibliography.) The play was "written from a non-sectarian angle," to portray Paul not only as "the man who saved Christianity from degenerating into a minor Judaic sect" but also as "the first practical Internationalist -- forerunner of our presentday League of Nations." The author was one of the founders of the Pasadena Community Playhouse, where he served as general manager for five years. The Playhouse's then-Director, Gilmor Brown, is among the personages providing laudatory quotes for the jacket, claiming that as he read the play he "visualized it in production, pictorially magnificent, dramatically moving." He did, however, actually stage it there, nor, it seems, did anybody else. Uncommon in the dust jacket, perhaps because the lower part of the rear panel contains an order blank for ordering more copies of the book, an action the original owner of this copy was evidently not moved to perform. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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The Mask of Virtue: A Comedy in Three Acts; adapted from "Die Marquise von Arcis", Sternheim, Carl; English version by Ashley Dukes
120 Sternheim, Carl; English version by Ashley Dukes The Mask of Virtue: A Comedy in Three Acts; adapted from "Die Marquise von Arcis"
London Victor Gollancz Ltd 1935 NO First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dj 
[minimal wear to book; jacket a bit soiled, but otherwise unworn]. Translation and adaptation of a German play, a drawing-room comedy about some French aristocrats. Presented in London at the Ambassadors Theatre in 1935, it was notable as the first big success of Vivien Leigh, who appeared in the role of Henriette Duquesnoy, garnering excellent notices and much subsequent press attention. The latter was doubtlessly tied in with the promotional efforts of film producer Alexander Korda, who signed her to a contract after seeing her performance on opening night (having failed to discern her potential at an earlier meeting). Reportedly, and even more fatefully, it was in this play that she was first seen by Laurence Olivier, later to become her lover and then husband. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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