Piese de Terrence McNally

And Things That Go Bump In The Night
The play is about fear and negation. Ruby is its hero, Sigfrid and Grandpa its conscience, Clarence and Lakme its victims. It is also a play about choice: the choice of evil, which is a constant, over chaos, which is not necessarily a good. It is a tragedy of intelligence. Ruby perceives too clearly many truths but does not see the basic one: We cannot destroy everything without destroying ourselves. Her error is her negation of all links with mankind. Her way of life must end as it does, in a colossal suicide. Her Message to the World has come true. For herself, for Sigfrid, for all of them. But she does not flinch before the steady trend of her approaching fate. She will not grovel. She cannot beg. She meets it head-on and defiant, like a female Prometheus.
Andre's Mother
about the person who is often forgotten in HIV/AIDS dramas - the mother who can neither understand, accept nor forgive.
Apple Pie
In TOUR, we encounter an American couple being chauffeured through Italy, imagining themselves to be ambassadors of good will despite their fatuous, patronizing chatter. Mixed in with their inane comments, to their driver and others, are references to their son in Vietnam and to the carnage there; but somehow they remain unable to comprehend the reality of the world they live in
Bad Habits: Ravenswood And Dunelawn
In the first play, Dunelawn, we are in an expensive retreat for the unhappily married, where the wheel-chaired director, Dr. Pepper, dispenses a definitely unique sort of marital guidance. His theory includes complete indulgence of such "bad habits" as smoking, drinking and sexual promiscuity - which seems to work wonders for his patients, whose wacky case histories are each examined in hilarious detail. In the second play, Ravenswood, the approach is quite the opposite. Here the saintly Dr. Toynbee injects his straight-jacketed charges with tranquilising drugs to calm such urges - but again the catalogue of aberrations revealed in his patients is subjected to close, and enormously funny, scrutiny.
Botticelli
finds two American soldiers in the wilds of Vietnam (or any battle area) playing an intellectual guessing game while waiting for a trapped enemy soldier to show himself. They smoke, reminisce, play their game and wait. When the enemy soldier appears they coolly shoot him down and then go on reciting the great names of literature, philosophy and music; their total lack of reverence and concern for the man they have killed, the life they have taken, contrasting starkly with the humanistic concepts and erudition to which they have been exposed.
Bringing It All Back Home
While brother and sister bicker meanly about pot-smoking and illicit pregnancies at their high school, father makes leering phone calls to strangers, and mother blots it all out with a portable hair dryer. Then the coffin with the body of their eldest son, Jimmy, who died in Vietnam, is delivered
Broadway, Broadway
Chita Rivera: The Dancer's Life
Textul este împărțit în două secțiuni tematice pe parcursul cărora portoticana Chita Rivera povestește întâmplări din viața ei legate de tatăl ei, de audițiile și spectacolele la care a participat, de coregrafii cu care a lucrat.
Corpus Christi
The most controversial and talked about play of the 1998 theatrical season begins: "We are going to tell you an old and familiar story." But from that point on, nothing feels quite familiar again. What follows is a story that parallels the New Testament's, and its subject is nothing less than the birth, death and resurrection of Jesus. But McNally's Christ figure is a character named Joshua, a young man born and raised in Corpus Christi, Texas, in the early 1950s. Different from the other boys because he is homosexual, Joshua grows up in isolation and torment, an object of scorn. He flees Corpus Christi in search of a more accepting environment, gathering along the way a group of disciples who are bound to him by his message of love and tolerance. Joshua delivers his Sermon on the Mount, and officiates at a gay marriage ceremony, but, inevitably, his radical teachings (like Jesus') will not deliver him from his fate. Returning to Corpus Christi, he is betrayed by his lover, Judas, and crucified in front of the jeering throngs who hated him as a boy, and still do. His plea, that we look upon all souls as equal in the sight of God, falls unattended.
Cuba Si!
Armed woman guerrilla confronts diametrically opposed liberal reporter in New York's Central Park.
Dawn
Quentin and his sister Veronica, together with his wife Pat, gather at the beach to scatter their mother's ashes. The act itself is a closure of sorts, but it stirs up conflicts between the three as marital wounds and sibling rivalries never dealt with are finally confronted
Dedication or The Stuff of Dreams
In a small upstate New York town, Lou, a speech and drama teacher, and Jessie, a dog groomer at The Dapper Dog, bring joy to their community through running an amateur theater company. They become obsessed with buying a derelict movie theater and turning it into Captain Lou and Miss Jessie's Magic Theater for Children of All Ages. The only obstacle in reaching their dream is Annabelle Willard-a terminally ill and manipulative widow who owns half the town. Will these naive dreamers be able to grasp the brass ring, and at what cost?nytheatre.com
Deuce
about two former doubles tennis legends, reunited at a championship match.nytheatre.com
Don't Fall For The Lights
Dunelawn
we are in an expensive retreat for the unhappily married where the saintly Dr. Toynbee injects his straight-jacketed charges with tranquilizing drugs to calm such urges
Dusk
focuses on Willy, a hunk at the beach, and the two women, Dana and Marsha, who would do anything to have him. We discover that all three suffer from their own personal prisons from which they need to escape, and luckily they seem to have found the right place and time to do so.
Faith, Hope And Charity
In the first play, FAITH, by Israel Horovitz, a group of 1960s radical writers hold a reunion, twenty years later, in front of the statue of the Polish King Jagiello in New York's Central Park. Reared in an age of sex, booze, drugs and explicit language, the group finds that time, and the demands of making a living, have both drained their passions and left their dreams half-realized. But the daughter of one of them, speaking for her own generation, confronts them with the legacy of cynicism and hopelessness which they have passed on, whether or not they realize it. The second play, HOPE, by Terrence McNally, takes place in the same setting, but this time the central figures are a young brother and sister who have come to the park before dawn to honor the memory of a close friend who has committed suicide after becoming ill with AIDS. They meet a nun in civilian clothes (who is really not a nun at all, but who nevertheless admonishes the boy for his salty language); a man listening to Mahler on his headphones; and a chatty lady who has come to feed the pigeons. Although they meet by chance, and have little in common, somehow they manage to infuse each other with a sense of hope as the sun, at last, comes up over the quiet city. In the third play, CHARITY, by Leonard Melfi, the action again takes place at the same site in Central Park, but this time after nightfall. A woman swigs brandy and talks to the statue and then, suddenly, draws a gun and accosts another woman, an artist who has come to capture the statue on canvas. But the gun isn't loaded. In fact, as she demonstrates by persuading the artist to "hold up" another pair of evening strollers, the gun is really a way to spread love and good cheer
Frankie And Johnny In The Clair De Lune
The setting is a walk-up apartment on Manhattan's West Side where, as the curtain rises, Frankie (a waitress) and Johnny (a short-order cook who works in the same restaurant) are discovered in bed. It is their first encounter, after having met several weeks ago on the job, and Frankie is hopeful that Johnny will now put on his clothes and depart, so she can return to her usual routine of watching TV and eating ice cream. But Johnny, a compulsive talker (and romantic), has other ideas. He is convinced that he loves Frankie, a notion that she, at first, considers to be ridiculous. She has had more disappointments than delights in life, and he is the veteran of one broken marriage already. And neither of them is in the bloom of youth. Yet out of their sometimes touching, sometimes hilarious interplay the promise of a relationship beyond a "one-night stand" does begin to emerge and, as the lights dim, the two are back in bed again, but this time side-by-side, holding hands before the glowing television screen.
Full Frontal Nudity
explores the power of perfection when set against the reality of human loss and longing as three disparate American tourists in Florence are instructed by their guide to immerse themselves in the beauty of Michelangelo
Full Monty, The
Will they or won't they? Six steel workers strive for success doing 'The Full Monty.' Come and see if the cast in this new musical of the acclaimed film go all the way!
Here's Where I Belong
Setting: 1915-1917. Salinas, California
Hidden Agendas
satirical look at non-profit arts institutions that depend on the various whims of their subscribers wishes, the beneficence of the National Endowment for the Arts, charitable patrons and the passing fashions of the times
Hope
akes place in the same setting, but this time the central figures are a young brother and sister who have come to the park before dawn to honor the memory of a close friend who has committed suicide after becoming ill with AIDS. They meet a nun in civilian clothes (who is really not a nun at all, but who nevertheless admonishes the boy for his salty language); a man listening to Mahler on his headphones; and a chatty lady who has come to feed the pigeons. Although they meet by chance, and have little in common, somehow they manage to infuse each other with a sense of hope as the sun, at last, comes up over the quiet city
It's Only A Play
It's the opening night of The Golden Egg on Broadway, and the wealthy producer (Julia Budder) is throwing a lavish party in her lavish Manhattan townhouse. Downstairs the celebrities are pouring in, but the real action is upstairs where a group of insiders have staked themselves out in the producer's bedroom, waiting for the reviews to come in. Included are the excitable young author; the brilliant but unstable director (who courts failure and is devastated when his work is well received); the pill-popping leading lady (who is hoping to revive her career after a series of flop movies); and the playwright's best friend, an egotistical but insecure comic actor who passed up a chance to star in the play for a television series
Kiss Of The Spider Woman
In a South American prison two men share a cell. Valentin a revolutionary and Molina accused of corrupting a minor. To while away the time Molina tells stories of B-films he has seen
Lady Of The Camellias, The
O adaptere a a nuvelei ”Dama cu camelii” de Alexandre Dumas. Un tânăr iubit al unei curtezane faimoase se luptă să o ajute la sfârșitul vieții ei, când moare de tuberculoză.
Last Gasps
First presented on New York's channel 13 (Educational Television) as part of FOUL!, a special program on pollution and conservation, this imaginative short play offers an affecting, but also chilling, observation on the awful fate which mankind will face unless he curbs the misuse of his environment. Moving quickly from one vignette to another, the play presents a cross section of individuals, all quite different and yet all facing the same inexorable horror
Let It Bleed
It deals with the vulnerability of a young couple, while showering after making love. A threat lies immediately outside the intimate world of the play that threatens to destroy human happiness.
Lips Together, Teeth Apart
Două cupluri heterosexuale petrec împreună un weekend de 4 Iulie într-o vilă de pe malul oceanului Atlantic, în renumita Insulă de Foc - aşa zisul ''Paradis homo'', excentric burlesc şi exclusivist. Fiecare dintre cei patru îşi poartă adânca singurătate ca şi nevoia comic-imperioasă de comunicare, mărturisire, uitare. Aflăm cum amândouă căsniciile sunt şubrezite, vedem cum fiecare viaţă survolează deriva, găsim împreună cu ei calea: spre ruptură sau spre vindecare ''Cine pe cine iubeşte mai mult? Cine trăieşte mai puţin sau mai puţin intens? Cine sunt părinţii şi cine sunt copiii? De unde ne vin traumele? De unde ne găsim puterea, nebunia, umorul, autoironia ? Cum facem să nu ne luăm prea în serios?''
Lisbon Traviata, The
The first act is set in the fussily ornate apartment of Mendy, a ferociously dedicated opera buff who begs and cajoles his friend Stephen to let him borrow his copy of the pirated Maria Callas recording of La Traviata made during a performance in Lisbon, Portugal. Stephen, a blocked playwright whose detailed knowledge of opera exceeds even Mendy's, delights in showing off his expertise while dodging his friend's entreaties, but beneath their often hilarious banter it is evident that both men are deeply unhappy
Love! Valour! Compassion!
At a beautiful Dutchess County farmhouse, eight men hash out their passions, resentments and fears over the course of three summer weekends. There's Perry and Arthur, a professional couple of long standing, whose relationship, while strained, always manages to settle into the loving routine of a couple grown too familiar with one another, but happily so. The owner of the summer house, Gregory, is an aging choreographer who dotes on his younger lover, Bobby, who is blind. Their relationship seems solid, until an irresistible dancer, Ramon, callously flaunts his sex appeal and manages to seduce Bobby on the first night in the house. Trying to keep Ramon to himself is John Jeckyll, a soured ex-patriot Brit with a taste for melodrama
Man Of No Importance, A
Alfie is a bus conductor who idolises Oscar Wilde. He reads Wilde's works to his passengers. When he finally drums up courage to look for love he dresses up as Oscar - hair parted in the middle, green carnation and so on.
Master Class
Maria Callas is teaching a master class in front of an audience (us). She's glamorous, commanding, larger than life
Next
set in an Army Induction Center, where an overweight, over-age, and overwrought draftee has reluctantly reported for his physical. Confronted by an Amazon-like female sergeant, he tries every evasion he can think of to disqualify himself, but is ultimately shattered by the realization that nothing will stave off the inevitable. His final monologue, a harrowing exposure of bitterness and confusion, reveals the dilemma of a man to whom the meaning and purpose of his country have become unclear.
Noon
brings together two men of different sexual constitutions, a house wife stripper and a couple of sadists with whips and chains
Perfect Ganesh, A
The pilgrimage tradition is turned on its head when two outwardly unremarkable, middle-aged lady friends throw themselves into a rousing tour of India, each one having her own secret dreams of what the fabled land of intoxicating opposites will do for the suffering she hides within. Margaret Civil, an uptight example of WASP prerogative, has just discovered a lump in her breast but hasn't told her friend. The more theatrical and adventurous Katharine seeks a respite from the haunting of her son, Walter, and even thinks of kissing the leprous hordes of Bombay to atone for the way she rejected him and maybe, she thinks, contributed to the gay-bashing in which he died. Faced with the women's despair, who but the golden elephant god could intervene? Fluid in his power to assume any guise, at peace with all things, Ganesha is the spiritual center around which the play spins itself, drawing upon the tragic and the comic, the beautiful and the deplorable, until a breathtaking release arrives for both women at his hands.
Plaisir D'Amour
Ruth and Sam meet thirty years ago at a Carnegie Hall lieder recital and begin an ever accelerating ride through love, joy, pain and eventual compromise. - nytheatre.com
Prelude And Liebstod
PRELUDE & LIEBESTOD listens to the head of a major symphony orchestra while he conducts the Prelude and Liebestod of Wagner's Tristan und Isolde and rhapsodizes about his closeted homosexual existence. Attending the concert is his well-to-do-society wife and her counterpoint, a lusty male groupie who idolizes the conductor. As the music mounts in excitement, the conductor gives way to a super-charged erotic memory of his first great sexual encounter, climaxing, as though to the music, in a gruesome, self-inflicted death.
Ragtime
The musical is based on E.L. Doctorow's novel about life in America in the early 20th century, and features colorful characters such as Houdini, Emma Goldman, and Henry Ford, along with three archetypal (fictional) families whose destinies intertwine in unexpected ways.
Ravenswood
In RAVENSWOOD, we are in an expensive retreat for the unhappily married, where the wheel-chaired director, Dr. Pepper, dispenses a definitely unique sort of marital guidance. His theory includes complete indulgence of such "bad habits" as smoking, drinking and sexual promiscuity
Rink, The
Setting: A roller rink somewhere on the Eastern seaboard. The 1970s
Ritz, The
Orgies at the bathhouse, homosexual brothel, as role playing and caricature prevail.
Roller Coaster, The
Some Men
While two men exchange wedding vows, guests at the ceremony chart their own loves, lives, and the degrees of liberation they've achieved
Stendhal Syndrome, The
Terrence McNally (Tony Award
Street Talk
a confrontational monologue pondering the changes in the American Theatre from the sixties
Sunday Times, The
The Sunday New York Times always upsets Susan. Maybe it's because there are no same sex or interracial couples in the Wedding Section. Or because the news reminds her that nothing ever changes, no matter what Administration the country is under. Or because no one else, including her friends, seems to notice how bad things have become. A play about the suffocating, sometimes surprising state of the modern world.
Sweet Eros
a monologue delivered by a poet, with interruptions, in the form of sobs (at first), muffled protests (at first), and the croaking of a song, 'Plaisir d'Amour' (at the end). The poet, formerly a math teacher, has kidnapped a young woman and driven her to a remote house in the country. When we first see her, she is gagged and bound to a chair, and in the course of the action she is on the receiving end of a nonstop spate of reminiscence, personal philosophy, sharp instruction, and true confessions and observations, many of them repulsive. Nothing her captor does stems the tide of his own conversation. He strips her bare then goes over her face with a magnifying glass. Eventually he frees her of gag and bindings, and takes her to bed, and as time progresses she minds less and less.Patricia McKnight adds that 1) the antagonist, the man who has kidnapped this young woman, rapes her repeatedly -- and this is portrayed on state. 2) at the final blackout the antagonist announces that HE believes the female protagonist may no longer mind their life and 3) he has (apparently) dosed off and she is reaching for a knife which the playwright has been at some pains to establish is kept in a bedside drawer, obviously it is her intent to kill her tormentor and to then escape. This hardly constitutes "minding it (her captivity) less and less." We do not know if she succeeds in her bid for freedom. The play is a chilling depiction of the mind of a psychotic, narcissistic, torturer and killer, of whom there are too many. It does not tell us how he got that way.
Sweet Talk
Things That Go Bump In The Night
The play is about fear and negation. Ruby is its hero, Sigfrid and Grandpa its conscience, Clarence and Lakme its victims. It is also a play about choice: the choice of evil, which is a constant, over chaos, which is not necessarily a good. It is a tragedy of intelligence.
This Side of the Door
The play deals with a sensitive boy's battle of wills with his overbearing father.
Tour
we encounter an American couple being chauffeured through Italy, imagining themselves to be ambassadors of good will despite their fatuous, patronizing chatter. Mixed in with their inane comments, to their driver and others, are references to their son in Vietnam and to the carnage there; but somehow they remain unable to comprehend the reality of the world they live in
Unusual Acts of Devotion
On a summer evening, residents of a Greenwich Village walk-up gather on the roof to celebrate a wedding anniversary, only to confront some of the uncomfortable truths that inform their lives and relationships. Unusual Acts of Devotion looks at things done
Up In Saratoga
The saga of a young man whose helpless romanticism makes him fall in love with every lovely in his path (and to become engaged to several at once), unfolds with the predictable and unpredictable intrigue and one might expect. The plot is as twisted as a telephone cord.
Visit, The
Though written in 1956, D
Where Has Tommy Flowers Gone?
Constructed as a series of vignettes, skits and brief incidents, the play portrays the life and attitude of one Tommy Flowers
Whiskey
The title character (who remains unseen) is the equine star of television's longest-running and most popular show, in which he is partnered with "The Lush Thrushes," a cowboy troupe whose members bear the names of the various brands of booze they guzzle so copiously. The group makes a rare live appearance at the Houston Astrodome, only to flop disastrously, and then retreats to their hotel where each member then reveals his (or her) innermost thoughts in hilarious detail. When the hotel catches fire they are too far gone to notice, and the epilogue finds them all in heaven
Wibbly, Wobbly Wiggly Dance That Cleopatterer Did, The
follows a lonely young man and a male hustler during their one night stand. Their meeting leads to a discussion, in detail, about the pros and cons of being with a man or a woman. Only one of them has any leanings towards true intimacy. Unfortunately, he isn't the one who is being paid, and after his rented partner leaves, he is left to mull over his bitterest feelings.
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Terrence McNally s-a nascut la data de 3 noiembrie 1939 in , SUA.


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