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Simpatico [NOOK Book]

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Set within the netherworld of thoroughbred racing, this hair-raisingly funny new play by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of True West explores the classical themes of memory, loyalty, and restitution. Simpatico launches readers into regions where high society meets the low life, and where, as one of the main characters observes, "someone is cutting someone else's throat."

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Simpatico

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Overview

Set within the netherworld of thoroughbred racing, this hair-raisingly funny new play by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of True West explores the classical themes of memory, loyalty, and restitution. Simpatico launches readers into regions where high society meets the low life, and where, as one of the main characters observes, "someone is cutting someone else's throat."


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Editorial Reviews

New York Times
SIMPATICO is a breathtaking succession of surprises in the writing...[It] is a major addition to this theatrical season...[SIMPATICO] is Mr. Shepard writing at his distinc-tive, savage best.
New York Newsday
Shepard's fascinating—if not profoundly important—new revenge tragic-comedy...seems more straightforward than most of his 45-play, 12 Obie, one Pulitzer Prize–winning career...Shepard has directed his terrific cast in a series of noir snapshots, a mosaic of scenes surrounded by a black hole, each final image held for a slow cinematic dissolve.
New York Post
...the tone of the play—succinct, laconic and easy-riding—is attractive, intriguing and amusing...Shepard still writes wonderful roles for actors.
Village Voice
SIMPATICO is laced with echoes of film noir, as if Shepard were at once trying to imitate the genre, kid it, and defuse it, replacing the violent climaxes with pleas for mercy, compas-sion, and the healing power of time...Every speech curves in unexpected directions, and the winding progress of the scenes keeps luring you in.
London Evening Standard
It is like a cross between a modern film noir, Ibsenesque thriller and revenge drama.
Library Journal
This duo offers a full-length play and a collection of 14 shorter dramatic works from various points in Shepard's career. As one of the best of the modern crop of American playwrights, Shepard belongs in all collections. With the current Broadway outing of his 1979 play Buried Child receiving multiple Tony Award nominations, interest in the playwright and actor should increase.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307559722
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 12/23/2009
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,108,730
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Sam Shepard has written forty-six plays, eleven of which have won Obie Awards. In 1979 he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for Buried Child, and in 1984 he gained an Oscar nomination for his performance in The Right Stuff. His screenplay for Paris, Texas won the Golden Palm Award at the 1984 Cannes Film Festival, and he wrote and directed the film Far North in 1988. Other plays by Shepard include Curse of the Starving Class, True West, Fool for Love, and A Lie of the Mind. In 1986 he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters.


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