Aunt Dan and Lemon

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Aunt Dan & Lemon takes us into the world of a young recluse named Lemon (alias Leonora) who spends her nights reading chronicles of Nazi atrocities. Lemon tells the audience about the overwhelming influence in her life of her parents' friend "Aunt Dan," an eccentric, passionate professor whose stories and seductive opinions enthrall Lemon from the time she is a young girl. The relationship that develops between Lemon and Aunt Dan and the conversations that went on in a small house on the bottom of an English ...

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Overview

Aunt Dan & Lemon takes us into the world of a young recluse named Lemon (alias Leonora) who spends her nights reading chronicles of Nazi atrocities. Lemon tells the audience about the overwhelming influence in her life of her parents' friend "Aunt Dan," an eccentric, passionate professor whose stories and seductive opinions enthrall Lemon from the time she is a young girl. The relationship that develops between Lemon and Aunt Dan and the conversations that went on in a small house on the bottom of an English garden form the focus of this play about political orientation and the allure of certain ideas-even if they lead to murder. A forceful play exposing the banality of society's evil, Aunt Dan & Lemon explores the ease with which good and bad become reconciled in the human mind.

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Editorial Reviews

New Yorker
...the most robust and tantalizing play that Wallace Shawn has written.
Newsweek
With savage, sorrowing humor, he shows how decent, cultivated people rationalize corruption, terror and murder.
NY Post
It is an assault. And an assault not on our senses, or even our minds, but on our beliefs.
NY Times
Simply put, this is a play about how literate, civilized societies can drift en masse into beastliness and commit the most obscene acts of history...the most stimulating, not to mention demanding American play to emerge this year.
Library Journal
This current New York hit is about people who do not believe that human beings are capable of compassion. Stage action features the cold-blooded strangling of a client by a prostitute and monologues justifying the Holocaust and the bombing of Vietnam. In a lengthy afterword Shawn discusses how momentary lapses of logic can subtly undermine our moral sense, gradually creating an immoral world view. However, many readers may feel that the text of the play communicates the very attitudes that Shawn states he deplores. A dark, difficult, and extremely disturbing play. Susan Thach Dean, Fine Arts Div., Chicago P.L.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802151032
  • Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/1994
  • Series: Wallace Shawn Series
  • Edition description: 1ST GROVE
  • Pages: 107
  • Sales rank: 1,402,894
  • Product dimensions: 5.38 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.33 (d)

Meet the Author

Wallace Shawn
Wallace Shawn

Wallace Shawn is the author of "Our Late Night" (OBIE Award Best Play) "Marie and Bruce", "Aunt Dan and Lemon", "The Designated Mourner", "The Fever", among other plays, and the screenplay for "My Dinner with André". He has translated and adapted "The Threepenny Opera", "The Master Builder" and "The Mandrake".

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