From Ibsen’s Peer Gynt to Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun, to powerful poems translated from Arabic, Greek, and Chinese, this diverse collection of monologues for young men and women is refreshing. Young minority actors and actresses will find monologues in this collection with which they can identify. Of course some are more passionate than others, but those characters they choose to create will reflect the irrepressible spirit of their heritage, promoting points of view uniquely their own. Articulation its very purpose and creating a deeper passion for the theatre, Multicultural Monologues broadens the understanding of all those participating in the performance.
- Publisher's Weekly
Tomorrow's Tony winners can prepare for casting calls (and demonstrate their cultural diversity) with Multicultural Monologues for Young Actors and Multicultural Scenes for Young Actors, edited by Craig Slaight and Jack Sharrar. Both titles emphasize selections from contemporary playwrights, among them Lorraine Hansberry, August Wilson and Horton Foote (Smith and Kraus, paper $11.95 each ISBN 1-880399-47-4; -48-2 July).
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up-Selections that cover the continents for 23 male and 21 female solo performers. Unfortunately, the authors have neglected not only to index the entries, but, in several cases, even to identify the characters' ethnic heritage. The monologues, while quite good, are copyrighted and, in many instances, subject to royalties. This carelessly tossed-together offering meets a need, but requires a hunt-and-peck method of finding an ethnic interest. The idea is great; the presentation is not.-Judie Porter, Media Services Center, Portsmouth School Department, RI