Attack of the Theater People

Attack of the Theater People

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by Marc Acito
     
 

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In praising “the witty high school romp” How I Paid for College, the New York Times Book Review said, it “makes you hope there’s a lot more where this came from.” There is. In this hilarious sequel Attack of the Theater People, Edward Zanni and his merry crew of high school musical-comedy miscreants move to the

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In praising “the witty high school romp” How I Paid for College, the New York Times Book Review said, it “makes you hope there’s a lot more where this came from.” There is. In this hilarious sequel Attack of the Theater People, Edward Zanni and his merry crew of high school musical-comedy miscreants move to the magical wonderland that is Manhattan.

It is 1986, and aspiring actor Edward Zanni has been kicked out of drama school for being “too jazz hands for Juilliard.” Mortified, Edward heads out into the urban jungle of eighties New York City and finally lands a job as a “party motivator” who gets thirteen-year-olds to dance at bar mitzvahs and charms businesspeople as a “stealth guest” at corporate events. When he accidentally gets caught up in insider trading with a handsome stockbroker named Chad, only the help of his crew from How I Paid for College can rescue him from a stretch in Club Fed.

Laced with the inspired zaniness of classic American musical comedy, Attack of the Theater People matches the big hair of the eighties with an even bigger heart.

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It's not getting into acting school that's hard, apparently, it's figuring out what to do when you're kicked out. In All Things Considered contributor Acito's first novel (How I Paid for College, 2004), fresh-out-of-Jersey drama kid Edward Zanni was on his way to Juilliard, stars in his eyes. When this follow-up novel opens in 1986, Edward is getting booted from paradise for being too " ‘jazz hands' for Juilliard." With his confidence in his acting abilities at a historic low, Edward makes ends meet the best he can-his schemes include entertaining at "bash mitzvahs" and finagling a not-quite-legal rent-controlled apartment-all the while trying not to kill himself with jealousy as his acquaintances become more successful than he. Things go from desperate to worse pretty quickly, and Edward's confused bisexuality isn't helping him out in the dating department, either (his semi-straight crush isn't interested, and the only guy coming onto him is not his type). Acito again surrounds Edward with his tight-knit and eccentric (though fortunately not too-sitcom-zany) band of high-school friends, which makes the various money-making hijinks speed by. The mid-'80s struggling-Manhattan-actor-setting is organically relayed, with the Reagan presidency and the specter of AIDS present in the background. While Acito maintains his zippy smarts throughout, he occasionally resorts to YA-fiction narration ("I will not play a minor role in my own life") as the novel roller-skates to the busy conclusion, pom-poms flying. Exuberant, but less impressive than Acito's debut. Agent: Gloria Loomis/Watkins Loomis
From the Publisher
PRAISE FOR HOW I PAID FOR COLLEGE

“Acito has fantastic narrative chops....This is a book for mature readers that reminds us what a blast immaturity can be.” —People

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780767930185
Publisher:
Crown/Archetype
Publication date:
04/22/2008
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
240
File size:
419 KB

Meet the Author

MARC ACITO’s debut novel, How I Paid for College, won the Ken Kesey Award for the Novel and was also selected as an Editors’ Choice by the New York Times. Acito is a popular contributor to the New York Times and National Public Radio’s All Things Considered. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

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Attack of the Theater People 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
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jjfan1 More than 1 year ago
This is a very ambitious sequel with a lot to tell. It expands on Edward Zanni's previous tale which is a very exciting coming of age story that deals with growing up with the trials and tribulations of growing up. This time Edward is an adult and has a lot of difficult decisions to make. His friends return and they all try to help him achieve his goals the best way they know how. As we learned in the first book not all things work out for the best. Attack of the Theater People is a nice relaxing read and you will find yourself having to read more. As with most sequels, it is not as good as its predecessor but it delivers a rich and entertaining story. After reading, I find myself wanting more in the series from Marc Acito.
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The laughs keep coming - from all directions - in this creative romp set in 80s New York. Acito goes for many different styles of humor and usually succeeds handsomely. An good story carried by great jokes - with a surprise ending.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The kind of book that makes you late for work¿witty, engaging, hilarious and engrossing. In this sequel, Acito deftly blends old characters you know with new characters you don¿t, in a bawdy, brilliant screwball comedy designed to keep you reading way past your bedtime. In addition, Acito weaves in a darker thread, highlighting the confusion and fear of being gay during a time of plague¿the beginning of the AIDS crisis. A sequel equal to its original, and a continued and wonderful blossoming of a literary talent.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Attack of the Theater People is laugh out loud funny. I read the whole book in one sitting, rooting for Edward on every page.