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THREE USES OF THE KNIFE: ON THE NATURE AND PURPOSE OF DRAMA

THREE USES OF THE KNIFE: ON THE NATURE AND PURPOSE OF DRAMA
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Publication Date: 
June 13, 2000
Format: 
Paperback
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Trim Size: 
8.01in. x 5.25in. x 0.45in.
ISBN: 
9780375704239
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The purpose of theater, like magic, like religion is to inspire cleansing awe What makes good drama? And why does drama matter in an age that is awash in information and entertainment? David Mamet, one of our greatest living playwrights, tackles these questions with bracing directness and aphoristic authority He believes that the tendency to dramatize is essential to human nature, that we create drama out of everything from today's weather to next year's elections But the highest expression of this drive remains the theater With a cultural range that encompasses Shakespeare, Bretcht, and Ibsen, Death of a Salesman and Bad Day at Black Rock, Mamet shows us how to distinguish true drama from its false variants He considers the impossibly difficult progression between one act and the next and the mysterious function of the soliloquy The result, in Three Uses of the Knife, is an electrifying treatise on the playwright's art that is also a strikingly original work of moral and aesthetic philosophy
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