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The Mammary Plays: Two Plays

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Paula Vogel's How I Learned to Drive, one of the most honored new American plays, is the winner of numerous awards including the Pulitzer Prize, Obie, Drama Desk and New York Drama Critics Circle awards. It is a delicately told tale of the sexual awakening of a young girl under the tutelage of her uncle. The Mineola Twins is an outrageous political satire set on suburban Long Island.
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Overview

Paula Vogel's How I Learned to Drive, one of the most honored new American plays, is the winner of numerous awards including the Pulitzer Prize, Obie, Drama Desk and New York Drama Critics Circle awards. It is a delicately told tale of the sexual awakening of a young girl under the tutelage of her uncle. The Mineola Twins is an outrageous political satire set on suburban Long Island.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781559361446
  • Publisher: Theatre Communications Group
  • Publication date: 2/1/1997
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 692,276
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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Paula Vogel is the author of How I Learned to Drive (Pulitzer Prize 1998), The Baltimore Waltz and The Mineola Twins, among other plays.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2000

    Well-written, but a few quibbles

    How I Learned to Drive by Paula Vogel is an extremely well written and meaningful work of drama, but I did have a few quibbles with it. In the play, the main character, Li¿l Bit, recounts her teenage years, showing the abuse wrought by her uncle, and how they affected her life. Vogel uses the metaphor of driving a car to symbolize life throughout the piece, and Li¿l Bit, in the end, becomes a survivor in spite of, or maybe because of, her molestation. I enjoyed Vogel¿s use of the metaphor. She frequently uses an impassive voice, such as those from Driver¿s Education videos, to denote breaks in plot or changes of pace. This continuous motif allows readers, or the audience to easily make the connection to universality. Also, the way Vogel only uses two main characters and Greek choruses to play the multitude of other characters assists readers, or the audience, in concentrating on and seeing the poignancy of the main characters. What I didn¿t enjoy about the play was the stereotyping of males throughout. The Male Greek Chorus, which plays the parts of Grandpa, the waiter, and the high school boys, is only focused on one of two things, sex or money. It seems as if Vogel is trying to convey the ultra-feminist viewpoint that all men are the same. As a male reader, I believe that this stereotype is unfair. Besides this, I highly recommend the play and fervently desire to see it live.

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