5 thoughts on “Four Plays

  1. I had already read The Fever, so I’m rating this collection excluding that. To be totally honest, I felt out of my depths with Marie and Bruce and A Thought in Three Parts; they were surprisingly nasty, obviously on purpose, but I wasn’t sure I understood what Shawn was trying to say. Aunt Dan and Lemon was fascinating, leading me pretty far in one direction before I realized it wasn’t at all what I thought it was. As I’m thinking about it, I half wish I hadn’t read The Fever before this; I thin

  2. I am a big fan of Wally Shawn. As a human being, and as an author. I performed A Thought in Three Parts, the second act, for an all-nite bedroom theater I did some six years ago. It is hilarious. I didn’t appreciate The Fever until I heard Wally Shawn himself performing it. All of these plays seem like they were meant to be read, not performed. In the introduction Mr. Shawn makes a point to espouse the opposite.

  3. Five stars it is; the majority of those stars are for Aunt Dan & Lemon. Which is not to say the other plays aren’t worth a read or even a production. Shawn’s plays are freighted with his typical concerns (and they are compelling and urgent), but Aunt Dan & Lemon stands out as one of his best in terms of expression of content and form.

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