Library JournalThe 11th volume in Smith and Kraus's "Best Stage Scenes" series delivers just as much power and audition fodder as the previous issues. Freelance critic Lepidus notes in the introduction that a special effort was made to include more scenes for teen actors. That's excellent, but it'd be nice if the teens could've yucked it up a bit; some of us former teenagers remember hanging out and laughing about life, not re-creating the early lives of The Glass Menagerie's Amanda Wingfield or Hamlet's Ophelia. To paraphrase a criticism of an earlier series volume, where's the comedy? Of the 46 scenes here, 24 are classified as "dramatic," while only six claim to be "comic." That said, scenes by Anne Washburn (The Internationalist), Frederick Stroppel (Crashing the Gate), Stephen Adly Guirgis (The Last Days of Judas Iscariot), and John C. Picardi (Seven Rabbits on a Pole) were intriguing enough to warrant examination of the plays from which they derived. Pulitzer Prize winner Nilo Cruz is represented by scenes from four different plays, and they're all exciting. Recommended for all libraries.-Larry Schwartz, Minnesota State Univ. Lib., Moorhead Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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