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Detective Story; a play in three acts

By: Kingsley, Sidney

Price: $15.00

Publisher: New York, Random House: (c.1949)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 18646

Condition: Very Good in Good dj


[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 stati... View more info

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The Red Robins; a play

By: Koch, Kenneth

Price: $7.00

Publisher: New York, Performing Arts Journal Publications: (c.1979)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 4358

ISBN: 0933826052

Condition: 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.) View more info

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Anyone Can Whistle: A Musical Fable ["Collectors' Edition"]

By: Laurents, Arthur (book), and Stephen Sondheim (music and lyrics)

Price: $60.00

Publisher: New York, Leon Amiel Publisher (A Carl Peek Book): (c.1976, 1965)

Edition: 1st ed. thus

Seller ID: 23453

ISBN: 0-8148-0656-2

Condition: 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... View more info

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Gypsy; a musical (suggested by the memoirs of Gypsy Rose Lee)

By: Laurents, Arthur (book), Jule Styne (music) and Stephen Sondheim (lyrics)

Price: $100.00

Publisher: New York, Random House: (c.1959, 1960)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 18149

ISBN: NO

Condition: 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... View more info

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Brief Music: A Sentimental Comedy [aka "Lark on the Wing" and "Daisy Chain"]

By: Lavery, Emmet

Price: $15.00

Publisher: New York, Samuel French: (c.1940, 1932)

Edition: Revised Edition

Seller ID: 17365

Condition: 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 pag... View more info

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Murder in a Nunnery

By: Lavery, Emmet; from the novel by Eric Shepherd

Price: $75.00

Publisher: New York/Los Angeles, Samuel French: (c.1944, 1941)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 21777

Condition: 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 ... View more info

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The Incomparable Max; a play....based on Sir Max Beerbohm's trips beyond reality

By: Lawrence, Jerome, and Robert E. Lee

Price: $15.00

Publisher: New York, Hill and Wang: (c.1972)

Edition: Book Club Edition

Seller ID: 19901

ISBN: NO

Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dj


[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.) View more info

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The American as Faust

By: Lee, Lawrence

Price: $15.00

Publisher: Pittsburgh, The Boxwood Press: (c.1965)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 10416

ISBN: NO

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good dj


[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.) View more info

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The Rabbit Foot [aka "Ground People"]

By: Lee, Leslie

Price: $20.00

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 15997

ISBN: 0-573-69227-0

Condition: 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." View more info

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Camelot; a new musical (based on "The Once and Future King" by T.H. White)

By: Lerner, Alan Jay (book and lyrics), and Frederick Loewe (music)

Price: $75.00

Publisher: New York, Random House: (c.1961)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 23963

Condition: Fine in Near Fine dj


[very nice copy, no discernible wear to book; jacket has a tiny bit of shallow chipping (insect-nibbles?) at top of rear flap, minor soiling to rear panel, slight wrinkling at top of spine]. (B&W photographs) Book of the musical play (no music), illustrated with three whole photographs from the original Broadway production starring Richard Burton and Julie Andrews. View more info

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No Time for Sergeants

By: Levin, Ira (from the novel by Mac Hyman)

Price: $20.00

Publisher: New York, Random House: (c.1956)

Edition: Fireside Theatre BCE

Seller ID: 19888

ISBN: NO

Condition: 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 no... View more info

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Clarence Day's Life with Father, made into a Play

By: Lindsay, Howard, and Russel Crouse

Price: $12.00

Publisher: New York, Alfred A. Knopf: 1940

Edition: 1st Edition (stated)

Seller ID: 11870

ISBN: NO

Condition: 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. View more info

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Popular Theater for Social Change in Latin America: Essays in Spanish and English

By: Luzuriaga, Gerardo, ed.

Price: $40.00

Publisher: Los Angeles, UCLA Latin American Center Publications: (c.1978)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 14183

ISBN: 0-87903-041-0

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good+ dj


[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 thea... View more info

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Washington: The Man Who Made Us: A Ballad Play [*SIGNED*]

By: MacKaye, Percy

Price: $20.00

Publisher: New York, Alfred A. Knopf: 1919

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 20074

ISBN: NO

Condition: Good


(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 View more info

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The Moon Belongs to Everyone: Making Theatre with 7:84 [*SIGNED*]

By: MacLennan, Elizabeth

Price: $100.00

Publisher: London, Methuen: 1990

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 22030

ISBN: 0-413-64150-3

Condition: 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 a... View more info

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Black Pit

By: Maltz, Albert

Price: $40.00

Publisher: New York, G.P. Putnam's Sons: (c.1935)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 20844

ISBN: NO

Condition: 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 ARRO... View more info

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The Lost Theatres of London

By: Mander, Raymond, and Joe Mitchenson

Price: $25.00

Publisher: London, Rupert Hart-Davis: 1968

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 15717

ISBN: 0-246-64470-2

Condition: Very Good in Very Good+ dj


[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,... View more info

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The Best Plays of 1932-33 [cover: 1932-1933], and the Year Book of the Drama in America

By: Mantle, Burns, ed.

Price: $25.00

Publisher: New York, Dodd, Mead and Company: 1934 (c.1933)

Edition: Later Printing

Seller ID: 21062

ISBN: NO

Condition: 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... View more info

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The Best Plays of 1933-34 [cover: 1933-1934], and the Year Book of the Drama in America [*SIGNED*]

By: Mantle, Burns, ed.

Price: $20.00

Publisher: New York, Dodd, Mead and Company: 1934

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 21072

ISBN: NO

Condition: 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 basi... View more info

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The Killing of Sister George

By: Marcus, Frank

Price: $7.00

Publisher: New York, Random House: (c.1965)

Edition: 1st American printing

Seller ID: 17629

ISBN: NO

Condition: Near Fine in Good dj


[book itself is solid and clean, with just a trace of shelfwear; jacket stained and mottled along spine, with title almost completely faded away thereon (B&W photographs) Comedy about an actress who in real life is the antithesis of the beloved "Sister George" character she plays on a popular radio program, and her younger roommate-companion. The play's title refers to the imminent "death" of the radio character, the anticipation of which makes the actr... View more info