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Detective Story; a play in three acts, Kingsley, Sidney
61 Kingsley, Sidney Detective Story; a play in three acts
New York Random House (c.1949) First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Good dj Illustrated by (dj design) Sol Immerman 
[light wear to spine ends and bottom edge, bottom front corner slightly bumped, vintage bookplate on front pastedown; jacket shows moderate edgewear, shallow chipping along top and bottom edges, small tears at several corners, minor paper loss at base of spine, a little faded at spine, light dampstaining at bottom corners of rear panel, short diagonal crease at bottom corner of rear flap]. (B&W photographs by John Swope) Hit melodrama set in a New York City police station. Filmed by William Wyler in 1951, with the Broadway lead (Ralph Bellamy) replaced by Kirk Douglas. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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The Red Robins; a play, Koch, Kenneth
62 Koch, Kenneth The Red Robins; a play
New York Performing Arts Journal Publications (c.1979) 0933826052 / 9780933826052 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine 
(no dust jacket, as issued) [tight and clean, minor wear to bottom corners]. (B&W photographs) Adaptation, by the poet, of his own novel. (Two of the sets depicted in the book's six photos were designed by artist Red Grooms.) 
Price: 7.00 USD
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The Great American Life Show: 9 Plays from the Avant-Garde Theater, Lahr, John, and Jonathan Price, eds.
63 Lahr, John, and Jonathan Price, eds. The Great American Life Show: 9 Plays from the Avant-Garde Theater
New York Bantam Books (B7652) 1974 NO First Edition Softcover Very Good+ 
[nice tight copy, tiny surface-peel spots at both ends of spine, slight dog-ear at bottom right corner of front cover, a little discoloration to insides of both from and rear covers, faint browning to page edges]. Mass Market PB "Nine explosions of pure theater from the most vital and vigorous talents in American drama!" The nine plays, each of which is preceded by a short introduction by one of the editors, are: "In the Wine Tree" by Ed Bullins; "The Serpent" by Jean-Claude van Itallie; "Operation Sidewinder" by Sam Shepard; "Slaveship" by Imamu Amiri Baraka (LeRoi Jones); "The Kid" by Robert Coover; "Cop-Out" by John Guare; "Injun: A Happening" by Claes Oldenburg; "Mysteries and Other Pieces" by Judith Malina & Julian Beck; "AC/DC" by Heathcote Williams. The most radical in form is Oldenburg's piece, "A Happening" rather than a play per se, which is represented here by three texts: "A Statement" by Oldenburg himself; "the script," a three-page narrative written by Oldenburg "for himself" during the preparation of the piece; and "Injun/the production," a 12-page account by Michael Kirby of the staging of this "Happening" at the Dallas Museum for Contemporary Arts in 1962. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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Anyone Can Whistle: A Musical Fable ["Collectors' Edition"], Laurents, Arthur (book), and Stephen Sondheim (music and lyrics)
64 Laurents, Arthur (book), and Stephen Sondheim (music and lyrics) Anyone Can Whistle: A Musical Fable ["Collectors' Edition"]
New York Leon Amiel Publisher (A Carl Peek Book) (c.1976, 1965) 0-8148-0656-2 / 9780814806562 1st ed. thus Hardcover Fine in Very Good dj 
[very nice copy, no discernible wear to book; jacket blemished only by a small stain at the bottom edge of the rear panel and a long diagonal crease in the front flap]. (B&W photographs) The book and lyrics (no music) of the Sondheim-Laurents "musical fable." Although roundly trounced by critics at the time of its Broadway opening in 1964 (and consequently closing after just nine performances), this work's reputation has endured and improved in recent years; it is now staged and/or revived with some regularity, and is generally regarded as an influential modern classic. The original cast featured Angela Lansbury (her first role in a stage musical), James Frawley and Lee Remick. 
Price: 60.00 USD
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Gypsy; a musical (suggested by the memoirs of Gypsy Rose Lee), Laurents, Arthur (book), Jule Styne (music) and Stephen Sondheim (lyrics)
65 Laurents, Arthur (book), Jule Styne (music) and Stephen Sondheim (lyrics) Gypsy; a musical (suggested by the memoirs of Gypsy Rose Lee)
New York Random House (c.1959, 1960) NO First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Very Good dj 
(price-clipped) [solid copy with only light shelfwear, but the verso of the dedication page contains extensive pencil notes regarding the character of Mama Rose, apparently made by actress Fritzi Burr (whose ownership signature appears on the ffep); attractive jacket, with only light wear along top and bottom edges and at spine ends, very slight fading at spine, would grade a little higher but for the price-clipping]. (B&W photographs) Vividly-rendered musical version of the noted ecdysiast's memories of growing up in show biz with the stage mother from Hell. Listening again to the cast album, one is struck by how very many good songs the show contains; unfortunately, the stagy and overlong 1962 film adaptation fails to capture much of the show's abundant pizzazz. Thankfully, the much more faithful and entertaining 1993 TV adaptation (with Bette Midler stepping effectively into the role originated by and forever identified with Ethel Merman) is widely available on video. 
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Brief Music: A Sentimental Comedy [aka "Lark on the Wing" and "Daisy Chain"], Lavery, Emmet
66 Lavery, Emmet Brief Music: A Sentimental Comedy [aka "Lark on the Wing" and "Daisy Chain"]
New York Samuel French (c.1940, 1932) Revised Edition Softcover Very Good 
(printed wraps) [moderate wear, slight fading/browning at edges of covers, tiny ink number at upper right-hand corner of front cover]. (one B&W photographic plate) A "gentle comedy of college life" that "takes seven girls through three years of life in a woman's college." According to the introductory matter, the first production of the play was at the Pasadena Playhouse in 1936, under the title "Lark on the Wing"; according to the copyright page, it was previously copyrighted in 1932 under the title "Daisy Chain," and the present version is described as "revised [and] rewritten." (It was also given its first college production in 1940 -- appropriately at Mills College in Oakland, California.) While continuing to write for the stage, Lavery also carved out a not-particularly-distinctive career as a Hollywood screenwriter; several of his more prominent screen credits were actually his adaptations of his own plays "The First Legion" and "The Magnificent Yankee." (Although to be fair, he was a notable figure in the Screen Writers Guild, serving as its president for a couple of years in the mid-1940s.) 
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Murder in a Nunnery, Lavery, Emmet; from the novel by Eric Shepherd
67 Lavery, Emmet; from the novel by Eric Shepherd Murder in a Nunnery
New York/Los Angeles Samuel French (c.1944, 1941) First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Good dj 
[moderate shelfwear to bottom of book, slight fading to cloth at top edges of covers, very slight fraying to cloth at top of spine; the jacket is somewhat discolored along the spine, with very shallow chipping along top edge, and also note that it's been internally tape-reinforced at all the fold points, and that the wear along the edges of the front panel has been neatly "touched up" with some kind of black marker, the bleed-through of same being visible on the inside of the jacket, but only noticeable on the outside if you're looking for it]. (B&W photo frontispiece) Dramatization of the 1940 novel by Eric Shepherd, about the investigation by Scotland Yard of a murder that takes place in a convent boarding school. The play had its first production, under Lavery's direction, at the Wilshire-Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles in 1942, but doesn't appear to have ever made it to Broadway. The plum role of the school's Reverend Mother was portrayed (through the courtesy of M-G-M) by Margaret Wycherly, undoubtedly best remembered for her role as James Cagney's hard-boiled mother, "Ma Jarrett," in the 1949 film WHITE HEAT. Co-starring as the Scotland Yard Inspector was Pedro de Cordoba, not to be confused with Fred de Cordova. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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The Incomparable Max; a play....based on Sir Max Beerbohm's trips beyond reality, Lawrence, Jerome, and Robert E. Lee
68 Lawrence, Jerome, and Robert E. Lee The Incomparable Max; a play....based on Sir Max Beerbohm's trips beyond reality
New York Hill and Wang (c.1972) NO Book Club Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj self-caricature) Max Beerbohm 
[very nice copy, just a trace of wear to book and jacket at the extremities]. "Inspired by the writings of the great Edwardian theater critic, Sir Max Beerbohm." Includes the original "Curtain Time" (book club) flyer, laid in, which gives a bit of information about the original production, including a couple of photographs. (There are no photos in the book itself.) 
Price: 20.00 USD
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The American as Faust, Lee, Lawrence
69 Lee, Lawrence The American as Faust
Pittsburgh The Boxwood Press (c.1965) NO First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj) Musier Lee 
[nice tight copy, light soiling to top edge but no discernible wear; jacket lightly soiled, worn along fore-edge of front panel, tiny tears with minor paper loss at top of spine]. A "dramatic poem," recasting the Faust legend with modern American characters -- "A Man from Yale, an industrialist," his wife, and "John Faust, a research scientist." So the Devil is a Yale Man, eh? Hmm. (Skull and Bones, too, no doubt.) 
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The Rabbit Foot [aka "Ground People"], Lee, Leslie
70 Lee, Leslie The Rabbit Foot [aka "Ground People"]
0-573-69227-0 / 9780573692277 First Edition Stapled wraps Near Fine 
[nice copy, completely clean except for one bit of red underlining on copyright page]. (diagram of stage setting) Play set in rural Mississippi in the summer of 1920, and centering around an African-American gospel troupe. The author's other works include the teleplays "The Killing Floor" and "Almos' a Man," and an adaptation of James Baldwin's "Go Tell It on the Mountain." 
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No Time for Sergeants, Levin, Ira (from the novel by Mac Hyman)
71 Levin, Ira (from the novel by Mac Hyman) No Time for Sergeants
New York Random House (c.1956) NO Fireside Theatre BCE Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dj 
[minor dust-soiling to top edge, otherwise no significant wear to book; jacket moderately browned at spine and edges, tiny irregular closed tear at bottom of front panel, short split at top front foldover]. (3 B&W photographs by Fred Feld) The play that made Andy Griffith a star, in the role of a country hick who's drafted into the peacetime Air Force and inadvertently raises the blood pressure of his platoon sergeant, just by bein' his reg'lar self. Hyman's original novel was first adapted as a live TV production in 1955, followed by a Broadway version later the same year, a film adaptation in 1958, and finally in extremely short-lived TV series in 1964; all incarnations except the last-named starred Griffith (who by 1964 was playing yet another slightly idealized version of himself on "The Andy Griffith Show"). The stage production, documented by the three photographs in this edition, also marked the Broadway debut of Don Knotts (although he's not shown in any of the photos). 
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Clarence Day's Life with Father, made into a Play, Lindsay, Howard, and Russel Crouse
72 Lindsay, Howard, and Russel Crouse Clarence Day's Life with Father, made into a Play
New York Alfred A. Knopf 1940 NO 1st Edition (stated) Hardcover Very Good+ 
(no dust jacket) [solid clean copy, minor shelfwear to bottom edge, one page edge rather ragged from having been carelessly cut open, previous owner's name on ffep]. (B&W photographs) Stage adaptation of the popular book; later the basis for an excellent 1947 film with William Powell as the patriarch. Introduction by Brooks Atkinson. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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The Old Glory, Lowell, Robert
73 Lowell, Robert The Old Glory
New York Farrar, Straus & Giroux 1965 NO First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj) Francis Parker 
[ex-library book but quite presentable, with minimal markings, none at all on exterior (just a small library property stamp, overstamped "discarded" on title page, another stamp plus remnant of removed label on rear fep, a few small paper remnants on pastedowns from formerly glued-down jacket); jacket itself is very nice, bright and clean, with minor wrinkling along top edge and some internal scarring on flaps (unnoticeable)]. The noted poet's first dramatic work consists of three plays, "Benito Cereno," "My Kinsman, Major Molineux" and "Endecott and the Red Cross." Based on stories by Hawthorne and a novella by Melville, they are held together by the unifying symbol of the flag. Director's preface by Jonathan Miller; introduction by Robert Brustein. 
Price: 8.00 USD
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Popular Theater for Social Change in Latin America: Essays in Spanish and English, Luzuriaga, Gerardo, ed.
74 Luzuriaga, Gerardo, ed. Popular Theater for Social Change in Latin America: Essays in Spanish and English
Los Angeles UCLA Latin American Center Publications (c.1978) 0-87903-041-0 / 9780879030414 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj photo montage) Dukardo Hinestrosa 
[nice clean copy, minor wear to book at extremities; jacket a little wrinkled along top edge, with a couple of insignificant tiny tears]. (UCLA Latin American Studies, Volume 41) Series From the Preface: "This publication is the result of a research project begun in the summer of 1972 [and] entitled 'The Dramatic Arts as Instruments of Education for Social Change in Contemporary Latin America.' Its objectives were, first, to document and analyze the role of the theater and other dramatic and paradramatic arts, such as cinema, television, dance, and song, as pedagogical tools for literacy and health campaigns, occupational and citizenship training, and also as motivational agents for social change; second, the project attempted to assess the techniques and the effectiveness of current dramatic arts activities, both within and without the official educational process." Focusing primarily on the most recent 25 years, the book contains "essays, reports, interviews, and collages covering a majority of the Latin American countries and the related Chicano area. Some are theoretical and methodological essays, some are panoramic descriptions, a few are historical accounts, and others are case studies or reports. Most of them support a new social order, a few, the status quo. All of them stress the theater in its scenic or theatrical practice, not in its literary denotation." Includes a select bibliography on popular theater, television and song of contemporary Latin America. 
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Washington: The Man Who Made Us: A Ballad Play [*SIGNED*], MacKaye, Percy
75 MacKaye, Percy Washington: The Man Who Made Us: A Ballad Play [*SIGNED*]
New York Alfred A. Knopf 1919 NO First Edition Hardcover Good Illustrated by (scene designs) Robert Edmond Jones Signed by Author
(paper-covered boards, one-quarter cloth; no dust jacket) [some shelfwear to bottom edge (exposure of boards in a couple of small spots), general external soiling]. (B&W plates) INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the ffep: "To Irving / with the love of his / [?] friend Percy," with what looks like a 1919 date. Signed by Author 
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The Moon Belongs to Everyone: Making Theatre with 7:84 [*SIGNED*], MacLennan, Elizabeth
76 MacLennan, Elizabeth The Moon Belongs to Everyone: Making Theatre with 7:84 [*SIGNED*]
London Methuen 1990 0-413-64150-3 / 9780413641502 First Edition Softcover Near Fine 
[very slight edgewear to rear cover]. Trade PB (B&W photographs) INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the ffep: "To dear / ______, with fondest wishes -- / Keep on truckin' / love from Liz." The author, a professional actress and working mother, was one of the originators of the 7:84 Theatre Company and a founder of 7:84 Scotland, and "worked with both companies [to blaze] a trail of popular political theatre across England and Scotland throughout the 70s and 80s. [Her book] is a stirring account of the achievement an working methods of 7:84 [and] details the mounting social and economic pressures the company faced in a Britain that was slowly turning towards reaction and consumerism under Thatcher." Quite scarce, it seems; Ms. MacLennan passed away in June of 2015. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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Black Pit, Maltz, Albert
77 Maltz, Albert Black Pit
New York G.P. Putnam's Sons (c.1935) NO First Edition Hardcover Good 
(no dust jacket) [external dampstaining along bottom edges of both covers (interior of book not affected at all), previous owner's signature [see note] on ffep]. Drama about the travails of a group of coal miners in a mining company town in West Virginia, by the future novelist-screenwriter best remembered as one of the Hollywood Ten; blacklisted for over a decade, he also spent ten months in prison for contempt of Congress. While blacklisted, his script for BROKEN ARROW (1950) won the Academy Award as Best Adapted Screenplay, but with another writer credited (Michael Blankfort, fronting for Maltz). In the early 1930s Maltz had been associated for a few years with a group called the Theatre Union, under whose auspices this play was originally presented. (The ownership signature in the front of the book is that of another Academy Award-winning screenwriter, Daniel Taradash.) 
Price: 40.00 USD
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The Lost Theatres of London, Mander, Raymond, and Joe Mitchenson
78 Mander, Raymond, and Joe Mitchenson The Lost Theatres of London
London Rupert Hart-Davis 1968 0-246-64470-2 / 9780246644701 First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj design) Ken Reilly 
[solid clean copy, bottom corners rather heavily bumped but no other significant wear; jacket bright and attractive, with a bit of surface wear, bumps/wrinkles at bottom corners matching book]. (B&W plates) A kind of shadow-companion piece to the authors' 1961 book "The Theatres of London," this volume chronicles "the history of those theatres that have fallen victim to the developer, to war, or even the official receiver, describing the buildings themselves, their moments of triumph, their innumerable changes of names, and their various fates." 
Price: 35.00 USD
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The Best Plays of 1932-33 [cover: 1932-1933], and the Year Book of the Drama in America, Mantle, Burns, ed.
79 Mantle, Burns, ed. The Best Plays of 1932-33 [cover: 1932-1933], and the Year Book of the Drama in America
New York Dodd, Mead and Company 1934 (c.1933) NO Later Printing Hardcover Very Good+ 
(no dust jacket) [nice clean book, moderate shelfwear, printed spine label somewhat yellowed]. (B&W photographs) Everything you'd need to know about the theatrical season of 1932-33, with individual reports on New York, Chicago, San Francisco, and Southern California, plus the casts and basic data on all plays produced in New York from June 1932 through June 1933. Also included are various statistics, a list of birthdates and birthplaces of prominent players, the year's necrology, a list of all Pulitzer Prize winners for drama, etc. As typical with this series, the full texts of the plays are not presented; each is rendered in a kind of "mixed-narrative" format, with descriptions of the action alternating with full-dialogue excerpts from the plays. Included in this volume are: "Both Your Houses" by Maxwell Anderson; "Dinner at Eight" by George S. Kaufman and Edna Ferber; "When Ladies Meet" by Rachel Crothers; "Design for Living" by Noel Coward; "Biography" by S.N. Behrman; "Alien Corn" by Sidney Howard; "The Late Christopher Bean" by Sidney Howard; "We, the People" by Elmer Rice; "Pigeons and People" by George M. Cohan; and "One Sunday Afternoon" by James Hagan. Each play is illustrated by a single black & white still from the production. (About half of these became Hollywood movies.) 
Price: 25.00 USD
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The Best Plays of 1933-34 [cover: 1933-1934], and the Year Book of the Drama in America [*SIGNED*], Mantle, Burns, ed.
80 Mantle, Burns, ed. The Best Plays of 1933-34 [cover: 1933-1934], and the Year Book of the Drama in America [*SIGNED*]
New York Dodd, Mead and Company 1934 NO First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ 
(no dust jacket) [nice clean copy with minor shelfwear, very slight surface deterioriation to cloth along fore-edge of front cover]. (B&W photographs) INSCRIBED and SIGNED on the ffep by editor Burns Mantle: "To Laura & Harold Carew / A souvenir of a / pleasant visit - / Burns Mantle." Everything you'd need to know about the theatrical season of 1933-34, with individual reports on New York, Chicago, San Francisco, and Southern California, plus the casts and basic data on all plays produced in New York from June 1933 through June 1934. Also included are various statistics, a list of birthdates and birthplaces of prominent players, the year's necrology, a list of all Pulitzer Prize winners for drama, etc. As typical with this series, the full texts of the plays are not presented; each is rendered in a kind of "mixed-narrative" format, with descriptions of the action alternating with full-dialogue excerpts from the plays. Included in this volume are: "Mary of Scotland" by Maxwell Anderson; "Men in White" by Sidney Kingsley; "Dodsworth" by Sidney Howard; "Ah, Wilderness!" by Eugene O'Neill; "They Shall Not Die" by John Wexley; "Her Master's Voice" by Clare Kummer; "No More Ladies" by A.E. Thomas; "Wednesday's Child" by Leopold Atlas; "The Shining Hour" by Keith Winter; and "The Green Bay Tree" by Mordaunt Shairp. Each play is illustrated by a single black & white still from the production. Signed by Editor 
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