Janusz Glowacki's highly theatrical and often hilarious works concern the immigrant experience of the Eastern European in America, the struggles of the individual in a repressive state, and the manipulations of political and social power. The girls' reform school of Cinders, the Lower East Side tenement of Hunting Cockroaches, and the Norwegian court littered with bodies in Fortinbras Gets Drunk serve as backdrops for Glowacki's tragicomic explorations of the play within the play of contemporary existence.
|Publisher:||Northwestern University Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.60(d)|
About the Author
Janusz Glowacki was attending the London opening of Cinders in December 1981 when martial law was declared in Poland. He decided not to return and moved with his family to New York. Playwright, screenwriter, novelist, and essayist, Glowacki is the author of six plays, six screenplays, and ten books, including the novel Give Us This Day (1985). He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and a National Endowment for the Arts Playwriting Fellowship.
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Fortinbras Gets Drunk
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This collection has three plays. The first, Cinders, is a bleak, darkly humorous exploration of authoritarianism in communist Poland. The second, Hunting Cockroaches, is a tired and unsatisfying riff on the immigrant-intellectual story. The last, Fortinbras Gets Drunk, is the best of the three. It runs in parallel to the events in Hamlet; Norway is now an authoritarian regime a la USSR, and Denmark is one of its satellites. It is extremely funny, dark, and witty.