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Four Dynamite Plays [contains: It Bees Dat Way; Death List; The Pig Pen; Night of the Beast], Bullins, Ed
21 Bullins, Ed Four Dynamite Plays [contains: It Bees Dat Way; Death List; The Pig Pen; Night of the Beast]
New York William Morrow & Company 1972 0-688-06020-X / 9780688060206 Unstated edition Softcover Very Good 
[moderate external wear, spine faded, light soiling/browning to page edges]. Trade PB In these plays, the playwright "calls to life black aspirations, black frustrations, in short, life as experienced by many black persons." Three of the four plays had been produced off-Broadway; the author won an Obie the previous year as Distinguished Playwright of the Year. 
Price: 6.50 USD
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The Blue Book of Broadway Musicals, Burton, Jack
22 Burton, Jack The Blue Book of Broadway Musicals
Watkins Glen NY Century House (c.1952) NO First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Fair dj 
(jacket is Fair only) [moderate overall wear, mild spotting to covers, bottom corners lightly bumped/frayed; jacket very worn, with several long tears and a bit of paper loss; front panel illustration rubbed but otherwise only slightly affected by tears]. (B&W photographs) (++) 
Price: 12.00 USD
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The Passion of Josef D., Chayefsky, Paddy
23 Chayefsky, Paddy The Passion of Josef D.
New York Random House (c.1964) NO First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj 
(price-clipped) [nice tight copy, tiny dent at top of front cover; jacket wrinkled and slightly dog-eared at base of spine, minor edge/corner wear]. (B&W photographs) Peter Falk as Josef Stalin! (++) 
Price: 10.00 USD
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Anniversary Waltz [*SIGNED* by Chodorov], Chodorov, Jerome, and Joseph Fields
24 Chodorov, Jerome, and Joseph Fields Anniversary Waltz [*SIGNED* by Chodorov]
New York Random House Fireside BCE Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good+ dj 
[minor shelfworn, slight dust-soiling to top edge; jacket lightly browned at spine and edges, as typical, otherwise no significant wear]. (B&W photographs) INSCRIBED and SIGNED by co-author Jerome Chodorov on the ffep. A comedy about "a nice, typical American couple with teen-age kids." Premiered on Broadway April 7, 1954, with a cast including Kitty Carlisle and Macdonald Carey. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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The Shanghai Gesture: A Play, Colton, John
25 Colton, John The Shanghai Gesture: A Play
New York Boni and Liveright 1926 (1927 ptg.) 3rd printing Hardcover Very Good 
(no dust jacket) [moderately worn copy, all corners slightly bumped, silver spine lettering rubbed/flaked; binding intact, no marks in text]. This somewhat scandalous play achieved a kind of kitsch/camp immortality when it was filmed in 1941 (albeit in a considerably bowdlerized version) by Josef von Sternberg, perhaps a perfect match between artist and material. Just too bad that the play's most colorful character, "Mother God Damn," had to be re-named "Mother Gin Sling." Introduction by John D. Williams 
Price: 60.00 USD
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Applause, Comden, Betty, and Adolph Green (book), Charles Strouse (music), Lee Adams (lyrics)
26 Comden, Betty, and Adolph Green (book), Charles Strouse (music), Lee Adams (lyrics) Applause
New York Random House (c.1971) 0-394-47047-8 / 9780394470474 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj) Clyde Smith 
[nice tight copy, slight age-toning to top edge and fore-edge, minor bump to bottom rear corner, slight fading to cloth at base of spine; jacket browned at spine and along top edge, and has a long diagonal crease in the rear flap]. Script (no music) for the Tony Award-winning musical play based on the film ALL ABOUT EVE and its original source story by Mary Orr, with Lauren Bacall as Margo Channing. (The first edition, stated "first printing" with number line beginning with 2 per Random House practice; unclipped jacket bears $4.95 price.) 
Price: 40.00 USD
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Voices Offstage: A Book of Memoirs [*SIGNED*], Connelly, Marc
27 Connelly, Marc Voices Offstage: A Book of Memoirs [*SIGNED*]
New York Holt, Rinehart & Winston (c.1968) NO First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj design) Robert Aulicino Signed by Author
(price-clipped) [light age-toning to edges of text block, minor shelfwear, small label-removal scar on rear pastedown; jacket a little rubbed, slightly yellowed, some laminate-puckering in the rear panel]. (B&W photographs) INSCRIBED briefly and SIGNED by the author on the title page. Memoir by the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright/producer/director/actor, a major figure of the American stage, whose career in the theatre stretched from the 1910s through the 1950s and included such notable achievements as "The Green Pastures," "Merton of the Movies," "Beggar on Horseback," and "Tall Story." He had been a prominent member of the Algonquin Round Table in the 1920s and 1930s, and later in life had a bit of a side career as a TV actor (including a recurring role as a judge on "The Defenders"). Signed by Author 
Price: 25.00 USD
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I Killed the Count: A Play in Three Acts, Coppel, Alec
28 Coppel, Alec I Killed the Count: A Play in Three Acts
New York/Los Angeles Samuel French (c.1939) NO Acting Edition Softcover Good 
[slight bends to bottom pages corners affecting first one-third or so of book, previous owner's name at top of front cover, also stamped "Temple Players of Temple Beth El"; lines for character "Froy" marked with ink lines in margins (Acts II and III only)]. (one B&W photograph, stage diagram) A somewhat tongue-in-cheek whodunit, centering around a police inspector who's a bit befuddled when multiple suspects confess to the same murder. The play was the first big success by this playwright, who later did quite a bit of screenwriting as well, including a couple of collaborations with Alfred Hitchcock (an uncredited contribution to TO CATCH A THIEF and a co-screenplay credit on VERTIGO). This work also has a Hitchcockian connection, as it was adapted for a three-part episode of Hitchcock's TV anthology series in 1957. (A British-made film version also appeared in 1939, and -- not missing a trick -- Coppel also adapted it as a novel, published the same year.) 
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The World of Carl Sandburg: A Stage Presentation [*SIGNED*], Corwin, Norman
29 Corwin, Norman The World of Carl Sandburg: A Stage Presentation [*SIGNED*]
New York Harcourt, Brace & World, Inc. (c.1961) NO First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj photo) John Engstead Signed by Author
[slight deterioration to cloth at bottom edges of covers (boards just a tiny bit exposed in a couple of spots), slight surface wear to upper right corner of front cover; jacket shows some wear along spine, especially at top and bottom corners, a couple of tiny closed tears at top of front panel]. (B&W photo frontispiece) INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the ffep. Corwin's voyage through our world, as seen through the prism of Carl Sandburg's poetry. This show, which toured for 21 weeks to (mostly) critical praise in the first half of 1960 -- but lasted less than a month on Broadway that fall -- grew out of an all-star tribute to Sandburg that was staged by Corwin at UCLA in 1958. The re-imagined show drew material from ten of Sandburg's published volumes, along with eighteen new Sandburg pieces, which appeared here in book form for the first time; Corwin also "prevailed on Sandburg to comment on each selection, and the resulting dialogue is included." The headliners of the re-imagined show were Bette Davis and her then-husband Gary Merrill, pictured on the dust jacket and in the frontispiece in photos by the great Hollywood photographer John Engstead. Signed by Author 
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A Breeze from the Gulf, Crowley, Mart
30 Crowley, Mart A Breeze from the Gulf
New York Farrar, Straus & Giroux 1974 BCE/"1st printing" Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj 
[nice copy, small nick on back cover, spine slightly turned, faint spotting on top edge; jacket shows just a tiny bit of wear along bottom edge of front panel]. (Jacket states "Book Club Edition"; copyright page states "First printing, 1974.") 
Price: 8.00 USD
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Drinks Before Dinner; a play, Doctorow, E.L.
31 Doctorow, E.L. Drinks Before Dinner; a play
New York Random House (c.1978, 1979) 0-394-40092-5 / 9780394400921 First Edition Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj painting) Paul Davis 
[small bookstore stamp on ffep; just a trace of handling wear to jacket, slight wrinkling at top edge]. 
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My Place, Dundy, Elaine
32 Dundy, Elaine My Place
London Victor Gollancz Ltd 1962 NO First Edition Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dj 
[no discernible wear to book; jacket lightly tanned at spine, tiny red stain at bottom corner of rear panel, otherwise clean and unblemished]. Very scarce play, the first (and only published) by Dundy, an actress-turned-writer who had scored a hit in 1958 with her debut novel, "The Dud Avocado." Not surprisingly given her background, the play is set in the theatre world, and (in the words of a contemporary critic) is "as cynical, hip, beat, amoral and generally with-it as could be." She was certainly in a position to observe this world in microscopic detail, having been married since 1951 to critic Kenneth Tynan; that marriage, however, was already on the skids at the time this play appeared (it would end in divorce in 1964) -- in large measure, reportedly, because Tynan disapproved of her writing endeavors. (Well, there was also the drinking, the drugs, the mutual infidelity, and the sadomasochistic sex, but let's not go into all that.) 
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Spindrift: A Comedy, Flavin, Martin
33 Flavin, Martin Spindrift: A Comedy
New York/Los Angeles Samuel French 1930 NO First Edition Hardcover Very Good- 
(no dust jacket) [possible ex-library, although the only sign of it is the remnant of a painted label near the base of the spine; moderate exterior wear, previous owner's signature on front pastedown, attractive vintage bookplate on ffep, informational stamp about royalties at bottom of title page]. (B&W photo frontispiece, 2 B&W plates) Comedy by the author of "The Criminal Code." Contains "Instead of a Preface," by Barrett H. Clark, presented in the form of a letter to the author, summarizing his career. 
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The Criminal Code, Flavin, Martin
34 Flavin, Martin The Criminal Code
New York Horace Liveright 1930 (c.1929) 2nd printing Hardcover Very Good+ Illustrated by Albert R. Johnson 
(no dust jacket) [slight bumping at severals corners, light soiling to top edge, slightly faded strip along top edge of rear cover, a couple of tiny spots on spine; no markings in text]. (B&W photo frontispiece, 9 illus.) Hard-hitting prison melodrama, memorably filmed by Howard Hawks in 1930. Illustrations of nine stage designs, by Albert R. Johnson, are scattered throughout the text. 
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The Conversion of Buster Drumwright: The television and stage scripts, Ford, Jesse Hill
35 Ford, Jesse Hill The Conversion of Buster Drumwright: The television and stage scripts
Nashville TN Vanderbilt University Press 1964 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj 
[nice tight copy, minor shelfwear and light soiling to bottom edge; jacket a bit edgeworn, one tiny tear and associated short creasing at top of front panel]. (B&W photographs) The play "portrays the events surrounding the attempt of a family of mountain people in East Tennessee to avenge the murder of one of the members of the family. [It] was originally written for television and was later adapted by the author for stage production. The television script is exactly forty-seven minutes long, following the rigorously confined standards for television plays. The action is limited to two sets, and the script is written for live television, rather than for film, giving it an immediacy for the reader sometimes lacking in film scripts. The stage script is much longer, and the student of theater can examine the processes by which the first play was expanded and its action extended for the stage version. 
Price: 12.00 USD
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Scuba Duba; a tense comedy, Friedman, Bruce Jay
36 Friedman, Bruce Jay Scuba Duba; a tense comedy
New York Simon and Schuster (c.1967) First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Lawrence Ratzkin 
[book and jacket both exceptionally nice, with just a touch of soiling to the bottom edges of the book's covers]. "The cast: The Hero ('a warm, glandular human being') -- a sort of 35-year-old Jewish intellectual Candide; His Wife (she has just left him for a Negro skindiver); The Girl in a Mauve Bikini (she tries to console him); The Skindiver and his Distinguished Acquaintance -- plus a Gendarme, a Landlady, a Tourist, a Fille de Joie, The Hero's Psychiatrist, and, inevitably, The Hero's Mother (long-distance from New York)." Jerry Orbach played the lead in the original off-Broadway production, with Cleavon Little as the Skindiver (aka Foxtrot); Judd Hirsch and Conrad Bain were also n the cast. This was the author's first play, following the success of his novels "Stern" and "A Mother's Kisses." 
Price: 20.00 USD
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Steambath, Friedman, Bruce Jay
37 Friedman, Bruce Jay Steambath
New York Alfred A. Knopf (c.1971) NO Fireside BCE Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Lawrence Ratzkin 
[a tight, clean copy; the jacket shows slight browning at various edges (typical with these uncoated BCE jackets), one tiny closed tear at top of spine]. (B&W photographs) Satirical play (the author's second), presenting the afterlife as a steambath, with God present in the guise of a Puerto Rican attendant. Originally produced off-Broadway in 1970, its later incarnations included a 1973 PBS adaptation and a 1983 Showtime series. Includes an 8-page photo section with scenes from the original production, which starred Anthony Perkins, Hector Elizondo and Conrad Bain. 
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"Give 'em Hell Harry": Reminiscences [*SIGNED* by the playwright and actor Ed Nelson], Gallu, Samuel
38 Gallu, Samuel "Give 'em Hell Harry": Reminiscences [*SIGNED* by the playwright and actor Ed Nelson]
New York The Viking Press 1975 0-670-34165-7 / 9780670341658 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Signed by Author
[minor shelfwear, slight fading to boards along top edge; jacket slightly age-toned, tiny tear at bottom rear corners]. (B&W photographs) INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the playwright on the ffep, a humorous inscription making reference to actor Ed Nelson (who took over from the original lead, James Whitmore, in the national touring company of the play); additionally INSCRIBED and SIGNED by Nelson himself, just beneath Gallu's inscription. The famous one-man biographical play about the 33rd President of the U.S., Harry S Truman, for which the playwright drew "upon material gathered in months of research at the Truman Library and upon interviews with friends, family, and colleagues of the late President," in order to present "an irresistible earful of Truman's own thoughts and comments on just about everything." James Whitmore was the original HST when the play premiered at Ford's Theatre in Washington, D.C., in April 1975, and took it on the road for a six-city tour, during which it was videotaped; converted to film and released theatrically, it earned Whitmore an Academy Award nomination as Best Actor. (He lost out to Jack Nicholson, who took home the Oscar that year for ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST.) By late 1975, with the Whitmore version still in theaters, Nelson had already stepped into the role on stage, continuing for several years thereafter; the date of the inscription in this book is December 6, 1975, although it's unclear who actually wrote that date. Highly uncommon signed, the more so with this combination of signatures. Signed by Author 
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The Goodbye People, Gardner, Herb
39 Gardner, Herb The Goodbye People
New York Farrar, Straus & Giroux 1974 0-374-16560-2 / 9780374165604 First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Judith Turner 
[water-staining to book covers (with slight bleed-through to endpapers), but still a solid copy, internally OK; jacket internally dampstained, although this is entirely hidden by the new Brodart cover]. The author himself directed a not-very-successful film adaptation of his play in 1984. 
Price: 12.00 USD
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Mac Bird!, Garson, Barbara
40 Garson, Barbara Mac Bird!
New York Grove Press 1967 NO 1st ed. thus Softcover Very Good 
[book slightly bent down the middle, a couple of bent page corners, moderate yellowing to pages]. Mass Market PB Evergreen Black Cat (paperback) edition, BC-132, 1st printing. "The text as it now stands is almost half again as long as the first-draft manuscript of December, 1965. The author wrote many new lines and several new scenes in the Spring of 1966, working in close consultation with Roy Levine to make the play more unified dramatically. This new material appeared in the Grassy Knoll Press edition ... some of it appeared in the version of [the play] carried in City Lights Journal #3. The extensive excerpts printed in Ramparts magazine followed the text of the first draft.The present Grove Press edition contains all the material from the Grassy Knoll Press edition plus many of the changes and additions made during the first two weeks of rehearsals." [This is in reference to the New York premiere on January 19, 1967.] 
Price: 5.00 USD
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