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Agnes of God
     

Agnes of God

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by John Pielmeier
 
Drama / Characters: 3 FemalesSummoned to a covent, Dr. Martha Livingstone, a court-appointed psychiatrist, is charged with assessing the sanity of a young novitiat accused of murdering her newborn. Miriam Ruth, the Mother Superior, determindly keeps young Agnes from the doctor, arousing Livingstone's suspicions further. Who killed the infant and who fathered the

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Drama / Characters: 3 FemalesSummoned to a covent, Dr. Martha Livingstone, a court-appointed psychiatrist, is charged with assessing the sanity of a young novitiat accused of murdering her newborn. Miriam Ruth, the Mother Superior, determindly keeps young Agnes from the doctor, arousing Livingstone's suspicions further. Who killed the infant and who fathered the tiny victim? Livingstone's questions force all three women to re-examine the meaning of faith and the power of love leading to a dramatic, compelling climax. A hit on Broadway and later on film. . "Riveting, powerful, electrifying drama...the dialogue crackles."-New York Daily News . "Outstanding play [that]...deals intelligently with questions of religion and psychology."-The New York Times. "Unquestionably blindingly theatrical...cleverly executed blood and guts evening in the theatre."-New York Post

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Library Journal
Agnes of God (1982), a somber, rather slow three-character tragedy, concerns Agnes, 21, a deranged nun accused of murdering her newborn. A court-appointed psychiatrist, an atheist, and the Mother Superior spar ineffectively on theology and miracles and discuss their lives. Twice the doctor puts Agnes under hypnosis, revealing a tortured childhood, denials, and, finally, a confession and improbable motive. As scripted in this new recording of the play, Agnes sings many plainsongs, with which Emily Bergl, a fine actor, is plaintive; Barbara Bain's Mother Superior is rock solid; Harriet Harris, the doctor, tends to be flat instead of neutral in interrogations but is better in monologs. The screenplay for the 1985 film adaptation also by Pielmeier omitted monologs and extraneous dialog and added interesting characters and a happy ending; its video version is better suited to the general public. This audio program is recommended for libraries serving film and drama students rather than for popular consumption. Gordon Blackwell, Eastchester, NY Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780573800283
Publisher:
Samuel French, Incorporated
Publication date:
11/01/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
80
Sales rank:
478,289
File size:
172 KB

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Agnes Of God 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very easy to understand and follow. Gripping plot leads you all the way to the end. And it being on the AP book list makes it even better!!!