Library Journal - Library JournalWritten by Spain's leading contemporary woman playwright, these two short plays, expertly translated by Hite, feature complex and richly drawn characters in dramatic, seriocomic situations. With Parting Gestures with a Night on the Subway (LJ 11/15/99), the publisher has already offered several of Pedrero's works to U.S. readers; here we are given some of her more recent efforts. First Star introduces us to Estrella, a novelist seeking to understand her dead father and her own love/hate relationship with him. The Railing looks at the plight of an elderly man who is confined to his second-floor room for nine years after his landlady refuses to install a stair rail and what happens to him and his dutiful wife when an exploitative TV reporter offers to help them. Both plays successfully blend pathos and humor. Highly recommended for contemporary drama collections. Howard E. Miller, St. Louis Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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