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The regular cast and crew of a repertory theatre are preparing to begin a rehearsal when they are interrupted by six seemingly mad persons. This sextet proceeds to explain that they characters, conceived and then cast aside by their author. They are in search of someone who will put their unique and powerful story on stage. Discussion of the meaning of art and truth and of the theatre of theatre follows.
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A group of actors is rehearsing a play when six people of varying ages appear on the stage claiming that they are characters in a play abandoned by their author and are looking for a new one to write their story. The actors, under the guidance of the stage manager agree to be their author, but the characters are always displeased with how the actors portray them. They insist that they know the real way and show the actors how it really was. The character's story involves one who claims to be a father coming across his daughter in a house of prostitution.

The play is also concerned with the philosophical question of the nature of reality. Which is more real, the characters and their story or the actors pretending to be the characters?

The review of this Book prepared by Jack Goodstein

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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   depressed Time/era of story    -   1900-1920's Life of a profession:    -   actor Internal struggle/realization?    -   Yes Struggle over    -   living in dreamworld Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Job/Profession/Status story    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male    -   Female Profession/status:    -   small businessman    -   prostitute Age:    -   a teen Ethnicity/Nationality    -   Italian


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   5 () Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   Italy

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only    -   rape/molest Amount of dialog    -   mostly dialog

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