Yasmina Reza: Plays 1: Art, Life x 3, The Unexpected Man, Conversations After a Burial

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Faber & Faber, Jul 30, 2005 - Drama - 256 pages
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Now in one volume, the works of "the most successful international playwright of her generation" (Vogue).

Yasmina Reza's plays reflect the razor sharp wit, social commentary, and impeccable comedic timing that have earned the praise of critics throughout the world, none more so than the Tony Award-winning Art, an eccentric and clever play of ideas that took the American theater community by storm. In this sly critique of contemporary relationships, Reza skillfully picks apart the friendship of three men via a bowl of olives and a white-on-white painting. Now translated into more than 30 languages, Art continues to be performed worldwide, even as Reza's other plays have garnered similar acclaim. Life x 3, Reza's most recent offering, again highlights her satirical wit as two couples face off in three different versions of the dinner from hell. Praised as "compact, cool and clever" by Christopher Isherwood of Variety, Reza uses the acidic exchanges of her characters to illuminate their inner desire for love and acceptance. Also included in this edition are two earlier plays, The Unexpected Man and Conversations After a Burial. Each elucidates the startling difference between public and private life, be it in the confines of a train compartment or a country estate in the aftermath of a loved one's passing.

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User Review  - MSarki - LibraryThing

All but the last piece, "Life X 3", are worth reading. I especially enjoyed "Conversations After a Burial". I do prefer the novels (or memoir) of Yasmina Reza and look forward, eagerly, for more translations forthcoming. Read full review

Review: Plays 1: 'Art' / Life x 3 / The Unexpected Man / Conversations After a Burial

User Review  - M. Sarki - Goodreads

All but the last piece, "Life X 3", are worth reading. I especially enjoyed "Conversations After a Burial". I do prefer the novels (or memoir) of Yasmina Reza and look forward, eagerly, for more translations forthcoming. Read full review

About the author (2005)

Yasmina Reza is an acclaimed playwright, screenwriter, and novelist. She lives in Paris.

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