Give My Regards to Nowhere: A Director's Tale (A Dwayne Finnegan Novel, #1)

Give My Regards to Nowhere: A Director's Tale (A Dwayne Finnegan Novel, #1)

by Richard Engling
Give My Regards to Nowhere: A Director's Tale (A Dwayne Finnegan Novel, #1)

Give My Regards to Nowhere: A Director's Tale (A Dwayne Finnegan Novel, #1)

by Richard Engling



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ChicagoOnStage says: "Engling's satire on storefront theatre is thoroughly entertaining from start to finish."

"Richard Engling knows Chicago's famously chaotic and glorious storefront theater scene like the back of his hand. It's the perfect setting for absurd comic hi-jinx."
– Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune

In this "rollicking ride through the underbelly of the acting world" (Midwest Book Review), Chicago director Dwayne Finnegan has a long shot at the big time and only two obstacles: himself and everyone he knows.

Dwayne's got an idea of how to direct Shakespeare's least-favorite play that could set him on the road to Broadway. We're talking Bob Fosse choreography, Jimi Hendrix guitars, and the hottest cast in the city of Chicago. But when the show's producer cuts out with the cash, Dwayne decides to produce the show himself, putting his marriage and his meager finances at risk. What could go wrong?

Give My Regards to Nowhere is a hilarious novel of love, lust, and life-threatening electrical shocks. It's "a scrappy, big-hearted backstage comedy layered with mordant wit and full of a deep, abiding love for its characters..."
– Adam Langer, author of Cyclorama

"Hilarious, witty, touching, intelligent, and spot-on... The characters pulse with life, conflict, tons of drama, and humanity. Entire chapters are laugh-out-loud funny..."
– Nadeem Zaman, author of The Inheritors and Up in the Main House and Other Stories

"...Give My Regards to Nowhere is a magic trick performed in plain view. The novel is comic, wise, and riveting. It gives us the theatrical world, but also the world of anyone who's ever struggled against the odds."
– Liam Heneghan, author of Beasts at Bedtime

"...Engling vividly captures the disparity between grand artistic ambition and what reality has to offer in this very funny, briskly written, and often touching book. Fans and inhabitants of Chicago's (or any city's) theater scene will feel right at home..."
– Mark Larson, author of Ensemble: An Oral History of Chicago Theater

"Without a doubt, the best examination of the theatre trade I've ever read. Insightful, satirical, painful, but joyous."
– Darren Callahan, dramatist for the BBC and SyFy

Product Details

BN ID: 2940166639196
Publisher: Polarity Ensemble Books
Publication date: 03/22/2023
Series: A Dwayne Finnegan Novel
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: eBook
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Richard Engling is an actor, director, playwright, novelist and musician. His books have been published by Penguin/Putnam, Headline House UK, and Polarity Ensemble Books. He played drums with the jazz quartet Midnight Blue for several years. He was co-founder and Artistic Director of Polarity Ensemble Theatre.Richard holds a Masters of Arts in Creative Writing from Indiana University and majored in Theatre as an undergraduate at Northern Illinois University. He lives in Evanston, Illinois, with his wife Gail.Find more information about Richard's events and upcoming work at
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