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Sailor, Beware!; Variations on a Familiar Theme, in Eight Scenes

By: Nicholson, Kenyon, and Charles Robinson

Price: $40.00

Publisher: New York, Farrar & Rinehart: (c.1933, 1932)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 15278

Condition: Very Good in Good dj


[quite a decent copy, with some slight deterioration to the cloth near the top of the rear cover, tiny bump/dent at bottom of rear cover, spine slightly turned but binding solid; jacket edgeworn and moderately soiled, and has been internally repaired and reinforced with brown paper tape, which has disguised various small bits of paper loss at corners and edges (still reasonably attractive, however)]. "Uproarious Naval Comedy" that served as the basis for a seemingly endless number of film adaptations, in 1936 (as "Lady Be Careful"), 1942 (as "The Fleet's In") and final... View more info

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American Dream: Play in Three Acts

By: O'Neil, George

Price: $30.00

Publisher: New York, Samuel French: 1933

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 5979

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good dj


[solid copy, mild dust-darkening to top edge but otherwise nice and clean; jacket is somewhat soiled, about 3/8" paper loss at top of spine, extending slightly onto front panel but not affecting illustration, also some minor paper loss at bottom of spine]. The first Broadway play by this St. Louis-born playwright and poet, this was a trilogy of one-act plays about three generations of an American family, the Pingrees, with episodes set in 1650, 1849 and 1933. Brooks Atkinson, the New York Times critic, was most impressed by the modern segment: "Never has the emptiness of these times b... View more info

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Rocket to the Moon; a romance in three acts

By: Odets, Clifford

Price: $60.00

Publisher: New York, Random House: (c.1939)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 20068

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good dj


[nice clean book, with minimal shelfwear; jacket browned at spine, tiny tear and associated tiny crease at top of front panel, modest chip (paper loss) at top of spine]. (B&W photographs) Odets play, originally produced by the Group Theatre in 1938, about a dentist who's carrying on with his young assistant, while his business and his marriage are in a shambles. "Rocket" was less overtly political than his earlier work, and less successful than his previous play, "Golden Boy." ("Rocket" ran just 131 performances on Broadway, about half as long as "Golden Boy," ... View more info

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The Big Knife

By: Odets, Clifford

Price: $35.00

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

Edition: 2nd printing

Seller ID: 20797

Condition: Very Good+ in Good dj


(price-clipped) [nice clean book, with moderate shelfwear to bottom edge and top of spine; jacket edgeworn, with some chipping along the top edge, 1-1/2" closed tear at top of front panel]. One might gather from this play -- "a savage indictment of Hollywood doings, authentic as well as venomous," in the words of critic Howard Barnes -- that Odets's time in the cinema capital, trying but only fitfully succeeding at being a screenwriter, might have left him just a teensy bit embittered. One would be correct. John Garfield (who would soon have his own reasons for being embittered ... View more info

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Paradise Lost; a play in three acts

By: Odets, Clifford

Price: $20.00

Publisher: New York, Random House: 1936

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 21963

Condition: Good


(no dust jacket) [moderately shelfworn book, slight fraying to cloth at top of spine, bottom corners lightly bumped, gilt spine lettering dulled but still readable]. (B&W photo frontispiece) Odets's play about "the decay of the middle class" (per Harold Clurman, in his introduction). First presented by the Group Theatre in December 1935; the original cast included Morris Carnovsky, Stella Adler, Sanford Meisner, Luther Adler, Elia Kazan, and Vincent Sherman. Odets came to Hollywood in early 1936, hoping to make some easy movie money to help finance this production; he may not have go... View more info

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The Greatest Revue Sketches

By: Oliver, Donald, comp. and ed.

Price: $20.00

Publisher: New York, Avon Books (A Bard Book): 1982

Edition: 2nd printing

Seller ID: 18122

ISBN: 0-380-79194-3

Condition: Very Good


[moderate soiling to page edges; binding solid, no markings in text]. Mass Market PB "The revue sketch is the theater's most delightful sub-genre. The revue gained popularity in the twenties and thirties in the productions of Florenz Ziegfeld, Earl Carroll, George White, and the Shuberts. Here is comedy from classic Broadway productions, many unavailable for decades and some seeing print for the first time. Of particular use to drama students is a table of contents by number of characters, [although the collection] is primarily presented for the general reader who wants to bring a little l... View more info

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The Entertainer

By: Osborne, John

Price: $20.00

Publisher: London, Faber and Faber: 1957

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 18725

ISBN: NO

Condition: Near Fine in Good dj


[nice tight clean book, very light wear to extremities, ownership signature of noted film director Vincent Sherman on ffep; jacket has various tiny edge-tears and one slightly larger one (about one-inch, closed) at top of front panel, and the front panel is also a bit wrinkled from having gotten a little wet at some point]. Osborne's searing drama about a washed-up music hall entertainer was first staged in London at the Royal Court Theatre in 1957, under the direction of Tony Richardson, with Laurence Olivier in the lead; they re-teamed for the movie, three years later. View more info

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Jig Saw: A Comedy

By: Powell, Dawn

Price: $100.00

Publisher: New York, Farrar & Rinehart: (c.1934)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 20834

Condition: Good


(no dust jacket) [light staining to cloth at bottom of rear cover, occasional light dampstaining to edges of a few pages, spine cloth faded, slight bumping to corners, previous owner's signature on ffep]. The only one of Powell's ten or so plays to be published during her lifetime, it had a brief (49-performance) run in New York in 1934, with Ernest Truex and Spring Byington in the leads. Ownership signature of Academy Award-winning screenwriter Daniel Taradash on ffep. View more info

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Roadside: A Comedy

By: Riggs, Lynn

Price: $35.00

Publisher: New York/Los Angeles, Samuel French: 1930

Edition: Later Printing

Seller ID: 21472

Condition: Very Good


(printed wraps) [solid copy, internally clean, age-toning to edges of text-block; original price on front cover altered by hand from 75 cents to 85 cents]. (two small woodblock illustrations) Riggs's play immediately preceding "Green Grow the Lilacs," his most famous work (by virtue of being the source material for "Oklahoma!"). "Roadside" was the first of his many plays to receive a professional production in New York, opening at the Longacre Theatre on Sept. 26, 1930, with Ralph Bellamy in the lead as "Texas," a character described by the New York Times crit... View more info

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Green Grow the Lilacs; a play

By: Riggs, Lynn

Price: $25.00

Publisher: New York/Los Angeles, Samuel French: (c.1931)

Edition: Later Printing (see note)

Seller ID: 22387

Condition: Good


[soiling/staining/discoloration to covers, front hinge a little tender; text is clean]. Play about fussin' and feudin' ranch folk, set in pre-statehood Oklahoma, or maybe I should say "Oklahoma!", given that it's best known (if it's known at all) as the source material for the Rodgers & Hammerstein musical, which premiered to great acclaim in 1943 and has had a notable afterlife. (The original play ran for just 64 performances in early 1931, but also toured the Midwest and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.) Riggs, a native Oklahoman himself, wrote quite a few other plays (not one ... View more info

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The Sound of Music; a new musical play (suggested by The Trapp Family Singers by Maria Augusta Trapp)

By: Rodgers, Richard (music), Oscar Hammerstein II (lyrics), and Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse (book)

Price: $45.00

Publisher: New York, Random House: 1968 (c.1960)

Edition: 11th printing

Seller ID: 24113

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good+ dj


(price-clipped) [no discernible wear to book, tiny bookseller's rubber-stamped name at bottom corner of ffep, brief annotation facing cast page (see notes); jacket has a couple of itsy-bitsy tears at base of spine, light soiling to rear panel]. (B&W photographs) The popular musical, basis for the incredibly popular film of the same name. Although this particular printing dates from 1968 (several years after the release of the movie), it retains the front-panel illustration of a photograph from the original Broadway production, featuring Mary Martin et al. Note that the character name "E... View more info

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Get Away Old Man: A Play in Two Acts

By: Saroyan, William

Price: $12.00

Publisher: New York, Harcourt, Brace & Company: (c.1944)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 9084

ISBN: NO

Condition: 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. View more info

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The Fabulous Toby and Me

By: Schaffner, Neil E., with Vance Johnson

Price: $15.00

Publisher: Englewood Cliffs NJ, Prentice-Hall, Inc.: (c.1968)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 15719

Condition: 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 Nei... View more info

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A Hole in the Head

By: Schulman, Arnold

Price: $15.00

Publisher: New York, Random House: (c.1957, 1955)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 19889

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good dj


[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. View more info

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Hamlet: A Tragedy: The E.H. Sothern Acting Version

By: Shakespeare, William

Price: $25.00

Publisher: New York, McClure, Phillips & Co.: 1903 (c.1901)

Edition: Later Printing

Seller ID: 19907

ISBN: NO

Condition: Good


(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... View more info

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The Gentle People: A Brooklyn Fable

By: Shaw, Irwin

Price: $100.00

Publisher: New York, Random House: (c.1939)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 22552

Condition: Very Good+ in Good dj


[light shelfwear, a little dust-darkening to top of text block, attractive custom vintage bookplate (of theatrical producer Leonard Field) on ffep; jacket heavily edgeworn, with numerous small nicks and shallow chipping, rear hinge split about halfway up from bottom, a little paper loss at both ends of spine]. (B&W photographs) Shaw's play about a couple of fishermen (played by Sam Jaffe and Roman Bohnen in the original Group Theatre production) who are victimized by a gangster (Franchot Tone) and eventually end up murdering him in self-defense; the female lead was Sylvia Sidney. Directed by... View more info

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Six Plays [The Doctor's Dilemma; Pygmalion; Major Barbara; Heartbreak House; Captain Brassbound's Conversion; A Man of Destiny]

By: Shaw, [George] Bernard

Price: $30.00

Publisher: New York, Dodd, Mead & Company: 1946

Edition: Later Printing

Seller ID: 21060

ISBN: NO

Condition: 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." View more info

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The Everyman Book of Theatrical Anecdotes

By: Sinden, Donald, ed.

Price: $15.00

Publisher: London, J M Dent & Sons Ltd.: 1987

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 18051

ISBN: 0-460-04692-6

Condition: Very Good+ in Near Fine dj


[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 humoro... View more info

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Peace on Earth: An Anti-war Play in 3 Acts

By: Sklar, George, and Albert Maltz

Price: $40.00

Publisher: New York, Samuel French: 1934

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 22635

Condition: Very Good


[about 1/2" loss to paper spine covering at top of spine, slight curling to corners of front cover, old stamp on front cover reading "Play Production Library, Ohio Wesleyan University" (no other library markings); text is unmarked except for small pencil check-marks next to nine names in the cast list]. (B&W photo frontispiece) "As produced by The Theatre Union in New York City" in November 1933, this the first play put on by that organization, which stated in its manifesto that it intended to present dramas about the "economic, emotional, and cultural problems that co... View more info

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The Drama of Attack: Didactic Plays of the American Depression

By: Smiley, Sam

Price: $7.00

Publisher: Columbia, University of Missouri Press: (c.1972)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 13999

ISBN: 0-8262-0118-0

Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dj


[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." View more info