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Plays, one

Plays, one

Frayn, Michael, 1933-; Frayn, Michael, 1933-

"One of theatre's subtlest, most sophisticated minds" (The Times) Alphabetical Order: "A comic essay about two types of woman… a very intelligent comedy because of its classic simplicity, and unusual in the way that the two types of women do not become stereotypes" (Daily Telegraph); Donkeys' Years, a satire on the establishment and British Institutions "Gorgeous farce, all the funnier for emerging from credible aspirations and natural anxieties… the play is richer and cannier than we expect farces to be." (New Statesman); Clouds, is a satire on government sponsored trips and a portrait of sexual jealousy,"it is poignantly and unerringly funny" (Guardian); Make and Break is a satirical commentary on British corporate interests abroad "Full of pain, ruthless observation, and a sense of humour which is sardonic, lunatic and warm" (Sunday Times); Noises Off - the West End hit play about a company of actors stepping from a sex farce into their own nightmarish lives backstage "A very intelligent joke about the fragility of all forms of drama…a pulverisingly funny play." (Guardian) "All of these plays are attempts to show something of the world, not to change it or to promote any particular idea of it. That's not to say there are no ideas in them. In fact what they are all about in one way or another is the way in which we impose our ideas upon the world around us…it might be objected that one single theme is a somewhat sparse provision to sustain five separate and dissimilar plays. I can only say that it is a theme which has occupied philosophers for over two thousand years and one which is likely to occupy them for at least two thousand more…"(Michael Frayn)

Book. English.
Published London: Methuen, 1985

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Statement of responsibility: Michael Frayn
ISBN: 0413592804, 9780413592804
Physical Description: 20 cm.; xviii,494p
Series: Methuen's world dramatists
Subject: Drama in English 1945- Texts
Uniform Title: Plays. Selections


  1. Contents, Alphabetical order. Originally published , London , French, 1976
  2. Donkeys'years. Originally published , London , Eyre Methuen, 1977
  3. Clouds. Originally published , London , Eyre Methuen, 1977
  4. Make and break. Originally published , London,Eyre Methuen, 1980
  5. Noises off. Originally published , 1982.