The Hot L Baltimore

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The scene is the lobby of a rundown hotel so seedy that it has lost the "e" from its marquee. As the action unfolds, the residents, ranging from young to old, from the defiant to the resigned, meet and talk and interact with each other during the course of one day. The drama is of passing events in their lives, of everyday encounters and of the human comedy, with conversations often overlapping into a contrapuntal musical flow. In the resulting mosaic each character emerges clearly and perceptively defined, and ...
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Overview

The scene is the lobby of a rundown hotel so seedy that it has lost the "e" from its marquee. As the action unfolds, the residents, ranging from young to old, from the defiant to the resigned, meet and talk and interact with each other during the course of one day. The drama is of passing events in their lives, of everyday encounters and of the human comedy, with conversations often overlapping into a contrapuntal musical flow. In the resulting mosaic each character emerges clearly and perceptively defined, and the sum total of what they are—or wish they were—becomes a poignant, powerful call to America to recover lost values and to restore itself in its own and the world's eyes.

In the lobby of a derelict hotel marked for demolition, a fascinating assortment of its residents recall people, places, and past times in the life of the hotel. Winner of the New York Drama Critics Circle Award.

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Editorial Reviews

NY Times
Mr. Wilson is both funny and sad about today, and the combination is an unbeatable winner.
Village Voice
...a warm, intelligent, wonderful evening in the theater.
Women's Wear Daily
...as good as you will find in the modern American theater...Wilson's writing is simply superb, a triumph of inspiration and craftsmanship.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822205333
  • Publisher: Dramatists Play Service, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/1/1980
  • Pages: 73
  • Sales rank: 282,497
  • Product dimensions: 52.50 (w) x 77.50 (h) x 2.50 (d)

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