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Picasso at the Lapin Agile and Other Plays [*SIGNED*]

By: Martin, Steve

Price: $100.00

Publisher: New York, Grove Press: (c.1996)

Edition: 2nd printing

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 18506

ISBN: 0-8021-1595-0

Condition: Fine in Fine dj


[a lovely copy, no discernible wear to either book or jacket]. (B&W photographs) SIGNED by the author (signature only) on the ffep. A lovely copy of Martin's first full-length play (and second published book, after "Cruel Shoes"), in which he employs the device of a debate between Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso to explain, in Martin's words, "in a light-hearted way, the similarity of the creative process involved in great leaps of imagination in art and s... View more info

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Quintero Directs O'Neill

By: McDonough, Edwin J.

Price: $10.00

Publisher: Chicago, A Capella Books: (c.1991)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 14535

ISBN: 1-55652-105-7

Condition: Fine in Near Fine dj


[very nice clean copy, no discernible wear to book; jacket shows only light surface wear, vertical crease in front flap]. (B&W photographs) "A brilliant episode in American theater history comes to life in [this book]. Drawing on hundreds of hours of personal interviews, critical reviews, and memoirs, this sourcebook documents the production history of every Eugene O'Neill play directed by Jose Quintero. [The book] traces the genesis of each of these productions, f... View more info

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Sanford Meisner on Acting

By: Meiser, Sanford, and Dennis Longwell

Price: $7.00

Publisher: New York, Vintage Books: 1987

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 13809

ISBN: 0-394-75059-4

Condition: Near Fine


[nice tight copy, minor cover wear, very light browning to page edges]. Trade PB "Today Sanford Meisner, who has been a fixture at the Neighborhood Playhouse for fifty years, is the best known and most beloved teacher of acting in the country. This book...follows an acting class of eight men and eight women for fifteen months, beginning with the most rudimentary exercises and ending with affecting and polished scenes from contemporary American plays. Throughout the... View more info

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That Championship Season

By: Miller, Jason

Price: $30.00

Publisher: New York, Atheneum: 1972

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 20685

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good


[diagonal crease across lower corner of front cover, very slightly dog-eared at top corner of front cover, otherwise just minor handling wear] Trade PB (B&W photographs) Five-character drama about a reunion of four members of a Pennsylvania championship high school basketball team with their now-dying coach, twenty years after their triumph in the Big Game. It was a multiple award-winner on stage (Pulitzer Prize, New York Drama Critics Circle Award, Tony Award), but th... View more info

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Edward, My Son; a play in three acts

By: Morley, Robert, and Noel Langley

Price: $40.00

Publisher: New York, Random House: 1949 (c.1948)

Edition: 1st U.S. edition

Seller ID: 14522

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good+ dj


[nice clean copy, minimal shelfwear; slight browning to jacket spine and right edge of front panel, light soiling to rear panel, very minor wear at extremities]. (B&W photo frontispiece) Drama about a man whose obsession with making his son (never seen on stage) a success drives him to rather extreme measures. The original stage play starred co-author Morley, Peggy Ashcroft (to whom the play is dedicated), and Ian Hunter; only Hunter was tapped for the 1949 film versio... View more info

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Striptease, Repeat Performance, and The Prophets: Three Plays

By: Mrozek, Slawomir

Price: $12.00

Publisher: New York, Grove Press, Inc.: (c.1972)

Edition: 1st printing

Seller ID: 18555

ISBN: 0-394-48280-8

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good dj


(price-clipped) [no significant wear to book, just a teensy bump to top rear corner; jacket shows surface wear, tiny scrape mark near top of front panel]. "Slawomir Mrozek, the Polish author whose plays -- among them 'Tango' and 'Police' -- have earned him a reputation as one of Europe's most inventive and most frequently produced new playwrights, has written three more plays that confirm his position as a master of modern satire whose concerns are as political as t... View more info

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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 seemi... 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... 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... 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

ISBN: NO

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 j... 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. Od... 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 b... 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 o... View more info

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Betrayal

By: Pinter, Harold

Price: $20.00

Publisher: New York, Grove Press, Inc.: (c.1978)

Edition: Book Club Edition

Seller ID: 20981

ISBN: NO

Condition: Fine in Near Fine dj


[nice tight copy, appears unread, no significant wear to book; jacket has a mildly browned strip across the top of the front panel]. "The play begins in 1977, with a meeting between adulterous lovers, Emma and Jerry, two years after their affair has ended. During the nine scenes of the play, we move back in time, through the stages of their affair, with the play ending in the house of Emma and Robert, her husband, who is Jerry's best friend." Adapted into the... 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

ISBN: NO

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 T... 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... 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 illustra... View more info

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Harriet [*SIGNED* by Helen Hayes]

By: Ryerson, Florence, and Colin Clements

Price: $40.00

Publisher: New York, Charles Scribner's Sons: 1943

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 6886

Condition: 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 ad... 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 Widma... View more info