Man of La Manchaby Dale Wasserman
"To me the most interesting aspect of the success of Man of La Mancha is the fact that it plows squarely upstream against the prevailing current of philosophy in the theater. That current is best identified by its catch-labels--Theater of the Absurd, Black Comedy, the Theater of/b>
Winner of the New York Drama Critics Award for Best Musical, 1966
"To me the most interesting aspect of the success of Man of La Mancha is the fact that it plows squarely upstream against the prevailing current of philosophy in the theater. That current is best identified by its catch-labels--Theater of the Absurd, Black Comedy, the Theater of Cruelty--which is to say the theater of alienation, of moral anarchy and despair. To the practitioners of those philosophies Man of La Mancha must seem hopelessly naive in its espousal of illusion as man's strongest spiritual need, the most meaningful function of his imagination. But I've no unhappiness about that. "Facts are the enemy of truth," says Cervantes-Don Quixote. And that is precisely what I felt and meant."--Dale Wasserman, from the Preface.
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This play was so funny. I couldn't put it down. At first it seemed boring and confusing but by the 5th page I was captured. Not to mention the singing. You can by it with the vocals or download the songs yourself. Read it, Act it ! Its amazing.
Man of La Mancha wasn't a book i just picked up. Actually i had to read it for school. At first(by looking at the cover) it looked silly and dumb. But when i started reading it, i was proved wrong! The singing parts made me laugh a lot because my teacher had the soundtrack for them. Overall, it is a great book!
I have just finished reading Man of La Mancha and it is spectacular.
I forgot to tell you that I was cast in the show last year. I had so much fun playing my prisoner. We had no intermission, so there were no interuptions in the story. We had very few sets, and our costumes handed to us by the manservant/Sancho. We wore basic black underneath (that was our prison garb). And the rest was handed to us when we got our parts ( for the story).