Exit the King, The Killer, and Macbett: Three Plays

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Grove Press, 1985 - Drama - 309 pages
Exit the King is a highly stylized, ritualized death rite unfolding the final hours of the once-great king Berenger the First. As he dies, his kingdom also dies. His armies suffer defeat, the young emigrate, the seasons change overnight, and his kingdom's borders shrink to the outline of his throne. At last, as the curtain falls, the king himself dissolves into a gray mist.

The Killer is a study of pure evil. Bérenger, a conscientious citizen, finds himself in a radiantly beautiful city marred only by the presence of a killer. Bérenger's determination to find the murderer in the face of official indifference and his final defeat at the hands of an impersonal, pitiless cruelty speak with the universality of Kafka's The Trial.

Macbett, inspired by Shakespeare's play, is "a grotesque joke . . . [and] a very funny play. . . . Ionecso maliciously undermines sources and traditions, spoofing Shakespeare along with tragedy."--Mel Gussow, The New York Times

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User Review  - iayork - LibraryThing

Loved it!: This book made me think: am I the king that lives his life and doesn't care what happens? When I am just about to die, will I be regretting just like this king does? Am I living my life to ... Read full review

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User Review  - Kylos - Goodreads

every english translation i've been able to find just doesnt get it right. exit the king would be an extremely good play to put up now. timely and adaptable to current climates. Read full review

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About the author (1985)

Marowitz is a celebrated theatre director, critic, and playwright.

Watson is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and professor emeritus of Rensselear Polytechnic Institute.

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