Three Plays: The Adding Machine / Street Scene / Dream



10 thoughts on “Three Plays: The Adding Machine / Street Scene / Dream Girl

  1. Lauren Lauren says:

    I enjoyed Rice s plays, but I can see why they ve fallen out of favor since their original premieres in the 1930s and 40s Street Scene, which won the Pulitzer, is the strongest of the three Set in a lower income apartment building, the play shows a few days in the life of the building s residents Rice had an ear for dialogue, which is to his credit, although it has limited the play s longevity Most modern theatregoers would dislike his depiction of various ethnicities and their dialects, ev I enjoyed Rice s plays, but I can see why they ve fallen out of favor since their original premieres in the 1930s and 40s Street Scene, which won the Pulitzer, is the strongest of the three Set in a lower income apartment building, the play shows a few days in the life of the building s residents Rice had an ear for dialogue, which is to his credit, although it has limited the play s longevity Most modern theatregoers would dislike his depiction of various ethnicities and their dialects, even though part of what makes the play is his ability to capture the caricatures of different groups in New York City and put them all together under one roof That the climax of the play features spousal assault with odd non reactions by the characters is another reason I don t think the play would sit well with most audiences today One character s reaction in particular struck a note that didn t work even when taking into account the era in which the play was written As for the other two The less said about Dream Girl, the better Adding Machine is fine, although Eugene O Neill s The Hairy Ape or even Charlie Chaplin s Modern Times better captured the wariness over industrialization in 1920s and 1930s America.For those who enjoy theatrical history and appreciating the American theatre beyond its giants, Three Plays is worth a read Quasi recommended


  2. Megan RFA Megan RFA says:

    I did not like this at all Maybe I am too sensitive, but I don t enjoy things this blatantly racist and sexist, even when taking historical context into consideration Also, the plays were mostly just babble There are much better ways to accomplish what Rice was trying to do.


  3. Page Gravely Page Gravely says:

    i only read street scene but i would be interested in reading the other 2 based on what street scene was like.


  4. Michelle Michelle says:

    I read the play STREET SCENE, but not in this book I am giving 4 stars to the play STREET SCENE as it is very entertaining


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