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Pacific Overtures

By: Sondheim, Stephen (music and lyrics), and John Weidman (book); additional material by Hugh Wheeler

Price: $20.00

Publisher: New York, Dodd, Mead & Company: (c.1977)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 17732

ISBN: 0-396-07414-6

Condition: Very Good+ in Good+ dj


(price-clipped) [light bumping and slight wear to spine ends, erasure abrasion at upper corner of ffep; jacket shows some surface- and edge-wear, small tear at bottom front foldover + associated diagonal creasing at bottom corner of front panel, light soiling to rear panel]. (B&W photographs) Musical play telling the story of Commodore Matthew Perry's 1853 expedition to Japan, incorporating the dramatic techniques of the Japanese kabuki theatre. Frontispiece illustration by Al Hirschfeld. View more info

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The Melancholy Tale of "Me": My Remembrances [limited/numbered/signed edition]

By: Sothern, E.H.

Price: $40.00

Publisher: New York, Charles Scribner's Sons: 1916

Edition: Limited Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 6861

Condition: Very Good


(no dust jacket) [good solid copy, with a small horizontal stain on front cover, otherwise just moderately shelfworn]. (B&W plates) Memoir of one of the most distinguished American actors of his day. "This edition, printed on Old Stratford paper, is limited to one hundred and sixty copies, signed by the author" (this being No. 144); also bears a gift inscription on the half-title page, opposite. Signed by Author View more info

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Boy Meets Girl / Spring Song

By: Spewack, Bella & Samuel

Price: $7.00

Publisher: New York, Random House: (c.1936)

Edition: Unstated ed

Seller ID: 7877

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good


(no dust jacket) [moderate exterior wear, binding good and solid, previous owner's last name in red pencil on ffep, spine cloth somewhat faded and gilt lettering thereon rubbed but still readable]. Two plays by the husband-and-wife writing team, the first of which is a classic Hollywood satire. The screenwriting duo portrayed in the play were purportedly inspired by Grover Jones and his long-time partner William Slavens McNutt; the characters were portrayed by James Cagney and Pat O'Brien in the 1938 Warner Bros. film adaptation. View more info

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Clear All Wires! A Play in Three Acts

By: Spewack, Bella and Samuel

Price: $25.00

Publisher: New York, Samuel French: 1932

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 8972

Condition: Very Good


(no dust jacket) [good solid copy, with some not-serious water staining along fore-edge and to cloth at base of spine, moderate shelfwear to bottom edge (boards exposed a little at corners)]. Satirical farce about a foreign correspondent in Moscow. Introductory note by Herman Shumlin, who produced the play on Broadway. Scarce. View more info

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Broadway's Beautiful Losers

By: Stasio, Marilyn

Price: $12.00

Publisher: New York, Delacorte Press: (c.1972)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 13493

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good in Very Good dj


[moderately worn copy, bottom corners bumped, fading to cloth at top edges, internally clean, binding solid; jacket a bit edgeworn, minor wrinkling/soiling]. (B&W photographs) "The Strange History of Five Neglected Plays" -- specifically: "Look: We've Come Through" by Hugh Wheeler; "The Beauty Part" by S.J. Perelman; "The Last Analysis" by Saul Bellow; "Xmas in Las Vegas" by Jack Richardson; and "Johnny No-Trump" by Mary Mercier. The author presents an analysis, based on extensive research and interviews, of each of these doomed productions, &#... View more info

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The Great Apostle (Saint Paul); a play of the ages

By: Stechan, H.O.

Price: $50.00

Publisher: Los Angeles, Trinity Publications: 1930

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 21038

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good in Good dj


[moderate shelfwear to bottom edge, slight bumping to top corners, front hinge a little weak, slight fading to cloth at top of spine; jacket browned with age, various tiny chips but no loss of text or illustrations, old internal tape-repairs at several corners]. According to the jacket blurb, the Apostle Paul had "never been the central character in a play" until Mr. Stechan "devoted a score of years" to the composition of this one. (He proves it by citing his sources, and providing a bibliography.) The play was "written from a non-sectarian angle," to portray Paul no... View more info

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The Mask of Virtue: A Comedy in Three Acts; adapted from "Die Marquise von Arcis"

By: Sternheim, Carl; English version by Ashley Dukes

Price: $125.00

Publisher: London, Victor Gollancz Ltd: 1935

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 20818

ISBN: NO

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good dj


[minimal wear to book; jacket a bit soiled, but otherwise unworn]. Translation and adaptation of a German play, a drawing-room comedy about some French aristocrats. Presented in London at the Ambassadors Theatre in 1935, it was notable as the first big success of Vivien Leigh, who appeared in the role of Henriette Duquesnoy, garnering excellent notices and much subsequent press attention. The latter was doubtlessly tied in with the promotional efforts of film producer Alexander Korda, who signed her to a contract after seeing her performance on opening night (having failed to discern her pot... View more info

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Beekman Place

By: Taylor, Samuel

Price: $15.00

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

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 19900

ISBN: NO

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good+ dj


[nice tight book, no significant wear but with a tiny dampstain on the top edge of the front cover (interior of book unaffected); jacket has a somewhat larger dampstain at the top of the front panel (barely visible on the exterior), a few tiny tears and light rubbing]. (3 B&W photographs) Drawing-room comedy about an eminent violinist, now happily married, who is visited by a former lover. The author revamped the play under a new title, "Perfect Pitch," about ten years after its initial Broadway run in 1964. The playwright was also active as a screenwriter, notably on SABRINA (based... View more info

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Oh What a Lovely War

By: Theatre Workshop, Charles Chilton and the members of the original cast

Price: $15.00

Publisher: London, Methuen & Co. Ltd.: (c.1965)

Edition: Later Printing

Seller ID: 13657

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good+ in Fair dj


(price-clipped) [solid copy, light shelfwear, one top corner very lightly bumped, previous owners' stamp on ffep; jacket shows heavy wear to surface and edges]. (B&W photographs) The acclaimed British stage presentation, "a chronicle of the First World War, told through the songs and documents of the period," as "presented by a company of pierrots, whose songs, costumes and routines reflect the sequence of events and moods in England and Europe from the pre-war days of ragtime and the 'balance of power' to the early months of recruiting and optimistic war songs and on to the long y... View more info

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By Emily Possessed [*SIGNED*]

By: Thomas, Mona Bruns

Price: $40.00

Publisher: New York, Exposition Press: (c.1973)

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 20980

ISBN: 0-682-476781

Condition: Fine in Very Good dj


(price-clipped) [no discernible wear to book; jacket a little rubbed, one-inch closed tear and associated creasing at top rear hinge]. (B&W photographs) SIGNED by the author on the back of the ffep. "A true story of a colorful theatrical career and a case of psychological possession." The latter refers to the author's over-identification with the role of " Aunt Emily," which she played for eight consecutive years on the TV soap opera "The Brighter Day." "She [Emily] possessed me completely in both worlds--the real and the make-believe," says the author. Accor... View more info

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I've Got Sixpence; a play in two acts

By: van Druten, John

Price: $40.00

Publisher: New York, Dramatists Play Service: (c.1953)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 21036

ISBN: NO

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good dj


(price-clipped) [no significant wear to book, slight age-toning to page edges, one-time owner's address label on ffep; jacket lightly spotted/soiled and a bit yellowed, small chip at top of spine, another small chip at bottom of front panel]. (B&W photo frontispiece) Van Druten's play about some pretty big themes -- things like religious faith, and what makes life worth living -- had a very short run (23 performances, if you must know) on Broadway in December 1956. The jacket photo, also reproduced as the book's frontispiece, depicts co-stars Edmond O'Brien and Viveca Lindfors, he playing a... View more info

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Bell, Book and Candle

By: van Druten, John

Price: $40.00

Publisher: New York, Random House: (c.1951)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 23901

Condition: Near Fine


(no dust jacket) [nice tight clean copy with minimal handling wear, teensy bump to bottom front corner, light age-toning to covers and edges of text block]. (B&W photographs) Van Druten's popular romantic comedy about a man, a witch and her cat, rather cutely adapted into a 1958 film starring Jimmy Stewart and Kim Novak. The leads in the original 1950 Broadway production were Rex Harrison and his then-wife Lilli Palmer; Harrison is depicted in all three stills accompanying the text here, although Palmer (with cat) made the front cover photo (ordinarily concealed by the dust jacket, but fully... View more info

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The Empire Builders

By: Vian, Boris (translated from the French by Simon Watson Taylor)

Price: $25.00

Publisher: New York, Grove Press, Inc.: (c.1967)

Edition: 2nd printing

Seller ID: 15311

Condition: Good


[book is only lightly worn, but has some neat pencil underlining sprinkled throughout the text]. Trade PB (B&W photographs) "An eminently respectable bourgeois family of father, mother, daughter, and their maid, flee, within the confines of their own home, from a strange, unknown, and terrifying Noise which pursues them as they move upward from floor to floor until they reach the attic. ... In a progression of mounting horror and the darkest comedy, the family is reduced to nothing and the curtain falls on one of the most terrible scenes in the modern theater." Illustrated with 24 pho... View more info

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Man of La Mancha; a musical play

By: Wasserman, Dale; lyrics by Joe Darion, music by Mitch Leigh

Price: $40.00

Publisher: New York, Random House: (c.1966)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 22386

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good+ dj


[nice copy, very slight wear to cloth at spine ends, extremely light bumping to top corners; jacket shows moderate rubbing, some fading to spine]. (B&W photographs) Musical adaptation of "Don Quixote," which premiered in 1965 with Richard Kiley in the title role, and was adapted for the big screen in 1972, with Peter O'Toole and Sophia Loren. Although not marked or signed in any way, this book was obtained from the estate of Arthur Hiller, director of the 1972 film version. [A couple of NOTES: (1) As usual with published versions of musical plays, this incudes the lyrics of the song... View more info

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Five Star Final: A Melodrama in Three Acts

By: Weitzenkorn, Louis

Price: $60.00

Publisher: New York, Samuel French: 1931

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 9514

Condition: Very Good-


(no dust jacket) [good solid copy, spine cloth faded and spine lettering mostly rubbed away, minor scuffing to front cover; some pencil annotation next to cast list, ink numbers next to scene descriptions on synopsis page, text itself is unmarked]. Classic play about the cynical world of yellow tabloid journalism, by an author who "knows what he writes about," per the Preface by Herbert Bayard Swope. Produced in New York in late 1930, with a fast-moving film version released by Warner Bros. the following year (directed by Mervyn LeRoy and starring Edward G. Robinson as the hard-bitten ... View more info

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Jacobowsky and the Colonel: Comedy of a Tragedy, in three acts

By: Werfel, Franz (translated by Gustave O. Arlt)

Price: $75.00

Publisher: New York, The Viking Press: 1944

Edition: First American Edition

Seller ID: 22400

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good dj


[minor shelfwear, light age-toning to edges of text block; jacket faded at spine, short closed tear and associated diagonal crease at bottom right corner of front panel, a couple of tiny edge-nicks here and there]. Play about "the magnificent and unforgettable Jacobowsky, waif of the world, [who] has spent his life running away -- from Poland, from Berlin, Vienna, and Prague -- sustained by his knowledge that whatever happens there are always two possibilities. And then there is his 'opposite,' the elegant, swashbuckling Colonel Stjerbinsky, hero and buffoon." The jacket blurb state... View more info

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They Shall Not Die

By: Wexley, John

Price: $50.00

Publisher: New York, Alfred A. Knopf: 1934

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 20845

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good


(patterned paper-covered boards; no dust jacket) [slight bumping to bottom corners, some fading to spine, tiny tear at top of spine; firmly bound and internally clean]. Dramatization of the Scottsboro Boys case and trial, by a playwright who went on to a relatively brief screenwriting career before his political associations caught up with him and got him blacklisted. The original Broadway production starred Claude Rains as attorney "Nathan G. Rubin," a fictionalized version of Samuel Leibowitz; also in the cast were Tom Ewell, Ruth Gordon, Dean Jagger and Erskine Sanford. Wexley ha... View more info

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American Blues: Five Short Plays

By: Williams, Tennessee

Price: $125.00

Publisher: New York, Dramatists Play Service Inc.: (c.1948)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 18914

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good+


[a little wear along spine, some uneven age-darkening to printed paper wrappers]. First printing (with Williams's name misspelled as "Tennesse" on the front wrapper), collecting the plays "The Dark Room," "Ten Blocks on the Camino Real," "The Case of the Crushed Petunias," "The Unsatisfactory Supper" and "Moony's Kid Don't Cry." View more info

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"Sweet Bird of Youth" (in Esquire: The Magazine for Men, issue of April 1959)

By: Williams, Tennessee

Price: $45.00

Publisher: Chicago, Esquire, Inc.: 1959

Edition: (Vol. LI, No. 4; whole no. 305)

Seller ID: 22526

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good


[moderately worn, short separation of front cover at bottom of spine (less than one inch), miscellaneous minor creasing to covers]. (B&W/color illustrations, ads, etc.) The highlight of the issue is the first publication of the Williams play. (The original Broadway production, starring Paul Newman and Geraldine Page, had only just opened in March, and the New Directions hardcover edition of the play wasn't published until December.) A small-print notice informs us that "this is the author's original working script and is subject to production changes." Another significant piece cont... View more info

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27 Wagons Full of Cotton, and other one-act plays

By: Williams, Tennessee

Price: $25.00

Publisher: Norfolk CT, New Directions: (c.1953)

Edition: Third Edition

Seller ID: 23021

Condition: Very Good in Very Good dj


[light shelfwear, discoloration to pp.184+185 from laid-in vintage bookmark (Pickwick Book Shop, Hollywood); jacket shows a little wear at extremities, tiny closed tear at top of front panel, tiny chip at top of rear panel]. Contains two previously-unpublished plays added for this edition, "Something Unspoken" and "Talk to Me Like the Rain." Also includes an introductory essay by Williams entitled "Something Wild...." Unclipped jacket priced at $3.50. View more info