Watch on the Rhine

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Dramatists Play Service, Inc., 1971 - Drama - 76 pages
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Based on the true story of Chang and Eng, the famous Siamese twins who toured the world in the 1800s, and were received by the crowned heads of Europe, the play deals with the private (and surprisingly witty) men behind the celebrities. Continuously engro

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User Review  - Matt DeCostanza - Goodreads

Utterly devoid of tension. This has to do with 1) That we, in 2013 (or 2014, or 2174, or whenever you're reading this), know the outcome of the war. and 2) That spoiling this play is incredibly easy ... Read full review

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User Review  - penelopewanders - Goodreads

This play by Hellman was actually written early on in the war (a fact I checked as soon as I'd finished reading it. Although I doubt it would be something I could use with my WWII-themed / EFL class ... Read full review

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About the author (1971)

Playwright Lillian Hellman was born in New Orleans on June 20, in 1905. After studying at New York and Columbia Universities, Hellman worked in publishing and as a book reviewer and play-reader. In 1934, Hellman had her first success as a playwright with The Children's Hour. In the play, Hellman mixed social, political, and moral issues along with more personal ones. Among some of Hellman's other successful plays are The Little Foxes, Watch on the Rhine, The Searching Wind, and Toys in the Attic. Hellman was also a screenwriter who wrote many film scripts and adapted the works of other authors for film and the stage. Hellman's memoirs include An Unfinished Woman and Pentimento. For more than 30 years Hellman had a relationship with "hard-boiled" detective writer Dashiell Hammett. She lived with him until his death in 1961, and shared his commitment to radical political causes. Hellman's appearance before Senator Joseph McCarthy's House Committee on Un-American Activities in 1952 resulted in her being blacklisted in Hollywood. Her book, Scoundrel Time, explores her experiences during the McCarthy era. Nearly blind and confined to a wheelchair, Lillian Hellman died of cardiac arrest in 1984.

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