Piese de Jeff Wanshel

Auto-Destruct
Briefly described, the action of the play is "the story of a man who robbed the Bank of Mexico and married a gas station attendant." To be sure, there's a bank robbery; a double-cross; a getaway scene; and a passel of sneaky, slimy Mexican heavies who, after being shot, shortly reappear in different costumes. And the hero does marry the person who repairs his car—although with identities shifting so rapidly it's not always easy to tell who's who. But, in this wildly funny parody of the Hollywood western, it is the action that counts and the zany, offbeat, imaginative lunacy that the author provides in nonstop profusion.
Isadora Duncan Sleeps with the Russian Navy
As the play begins we are in Hollywood, where a failed author has been offered a contract to write a film on the life and loves of Isadora Duncan. Reluctant at first, he decides to go ahead with the project, and as he creates the various scenes which will in time become the movie, these are acted out by the real-life participants—including Stanislavsky, Walt Whitman, Rodin, Gordon Craig and, of course, Isadora herself. As he probes ever more deeply into the marriages, lovers, and often shocking exploits of her life, the writer comes to regard Isadora as the first modern woman: totally free and unfettered by convention. But, inevitably, the demands of Hollywood must be met, and the truth distorted by the realities of the box office. The result is a pitched battle between the now dedicated author and the crass producer—a battle which yields scenes of colorful action and wild hilarity, but which, in the final essence, serves to enhance the timeless image of this uninhibited, deeply creative, and undeniably great artist.
The Disintegration of James Cherry
After announcing at the outset that what follows is his "nightmare," young James Cherry leads us through a series of hilarious and revealing episodes from his life. Awful things keep happening to those around him, and for some reason it always seems to be James Cherry's fault. His grandparents fall down stairs to their deaths; his father is eaten by crocodiles; his sister leaps off the roof. When James goes off to the big city to pursue an acting career, his roommate is devoured by the pig he keeps as a pet; his car is eaten by a large truck; he accidentally shoots his agent during the course of an audition. And through it all James Cherry, innocent, earnest, agreeable—and perhaps doomed without knowing it—goes on trying to piece together the bizarre elements and people of his existence into something reasonable and acceptable. But as his knowledge of what he is up against grows he can only go deeper and deeper into his nightmare—and on to the disintegration that inevitably awaits.
The Rhesus Umbrella
The setting is a laboratory, where scientists are probing into the nature of love by experimenting with giant Rhesus monkeys. The son of one of the scientists is in love with the daughter of another—but she is committed to her father's research. The solution: The son dresses in a monkey suit; thereby fooling the nearsighted scientists; winning the fair maiden; and bearing out the theory that while love between Rhesus monkeys is an impossibility, love between a monkey and a human being may well be the wave of the future.

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Jeff Wanshel

Jeff Wanshel s-a nascut la data de 24 august 1947 in White Plains, NY, SUA.


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