By David Ives

ISBN-10: 0307772616

ISBN-13: 9780307772619

The area based on David Ives is a really upload position, and his performs represent a digital pressure attempt of the English language -- and of the audience's ability for disorientation and enjoyment. Ives's characters plunge into black holes known as "Philadelphias," the place the best wants are hilariously thwarted. Chimps named Milton, fast, and Kafka are locked in a room and made to re-create Hamlet. And a con guy peddles classes in a doubtful language within which "hello" interprets as "velcro" and "fraud" comes out as "freud."

At as soon as mesmerizing and complicated, incisively clever and side-splittingly humorous, this unique paperback version of Ives's performs contains "Sure Thing," "Words, phrases, Words," "The common Language," "Variations at the dying of Trotsky," "The Philadelphia," "Long in the past and much Away," "Foreplay, or The paintings of the Fugue," "Seven Menus," "Mere Mortals," "English Made Simple," "A Singular Kinda Guy," "Speed-the-Play," "Ancient History," and "Philip Glass Buys a Loaf of Bread."

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Perhaps my fundamental premise is that such a process, which sometimes involves consideration of obscure plays of questionable merit, is indeed worth the effort if the result is a fuller context for understanding the major works of the period. To grasp what lies behind Hercules 'shooting' Nessus is to forestall the comic depredations of Thurber's American lady and to move closer to an understanding of the terms upon which an Elizabethan audience at a performance of Hamlet or King Lear agreed to meet.

Particularly with messengers and clowns, such haste can be conveyed through the speed of the entrance alone. Thus, the call for a figure to enter 'running' is quite common,28 while a clownishfigurein 1 The Fair Maid of the West is to appear 'falling for haste' (11, 315). To convey a hasty arrival is well within the province of the actor (and can be a good source of comedy). But a wealth of evidence is available to document a specific bit of theatrical shorthand to enhance this effect. Thus, although I have found no examples of 'as from riding' or 'as going on a journey,' the dramatists and actors regularly used boots and related apparel to make the same point.

Perhaps my fundamental premise is that such a process, which sometimes involves consideration of obscure plays of questionable merit, is indeed worth the effort if the result is a fuller context for understanding the major works of the period. To grasp what lies behind Hercules 'shooting' Nessus is to forestall the comic depredations of Thurber's American lady and to move closer to an understanding of the terms upon which an Elizabethan audience at a performance of Hamlet or King Lear agreed to meet.

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