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81 Harwood, Ronald INTERPRETERS
(Oxford): Amber Lane Press, (1986). 090639967x / 9780906399675 First edition: a chapbook original. Fine in slick, illustrated wraps. 
Harwood's "Fantasia on English and Russian Themes" (a bow to GBS's subtitle for HEARTBREAK HOUSE) starred Maggie Smith and Edward Fox in its original London production, directed by Peter Yates. With an introduction by the author. Scarce thus. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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82 Harwood, Ronald J.J. FARR
(Oxford): Amber Lane Press, (1988). 0906399882 / 9780906399880 First edition: a chapbook original. Hint of production buckling at spine, else a fine unread copy in illustrated wraps. 
Harwood's play, suggested by the 1952 screenplay LE DEFROQUE, starred Albert Finney in the title role in its original (Bath) and London productions, both directed by Ronald Eyre. Finney starred in the film of Harwood's better known THE DRESSER. Scarce! 
Price: 25.00 USD
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Cincinnati, Ohio: Story Press, (1996). 1884910068 / 9781884910067 First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Fine, as-new, in a fine, as-new dust jacket. 
"Required reading for all beginning playwrights. It's full of insight, it's practical, and it's fun to read."--Kate Loewald. Includes interviews with playwrights Lee Blessing, Jose Rivera, Marsha Norman. 216 pages, including index. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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84 Hewes, Henry, editor THE BEST PLAYS 1962-1963
New York/Toronto: Dodd, Mead & Company, (1963). First edition. Hardcover. Very light wear to the spine edges, else a very nearly fine copy in navy blue cloth with blue titles and rules in white panels to the front cover and spine; in a chipped, price-clipped, near fine dust jacket with one inch-long tear to the front panel. 
Illustrated with drawings by Al Hirschfeld and with 8 black-and-white photographic plates. Abridged versions of the 10 best plays for 1962 and 1963, including Albee's WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?, and summaries of the seasons in various cities. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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85 Jerome, Jerome K. THE PASSING OF THE THIRD FLOOR BACK: An Idle Play
New York: Dodd, Mead and Company, 1921. First U.S. edition. Gilt-lettered blue cloth shelfback over marbled pale blue boards; printed dust jacket. Hardcover. Traces of pale stain to lower edge of front cover and scattered within, else very nearly fine; in a printed dust jacket with a corresponding patch of stain to lower front, chip to upper front flap, and some light edgewear, nicking and rubbing. 
The author of the immortal THREE MEN IN A BOAT was also noted in his time for this rather serious, allegorical play. Filmed in 1935 with Conrad Veidt as the Christ-like "Stranger" from a script co-written by Alma Reville--Mrs. Alfred Hitchcock. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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New York: Macmillan and Co., 1896. First U.S. edition, first printing. Hardcover. Small bookplate to the front endpaper, else fine in dark blue cloth with gilt spine titles and decoration, top edge gilt; without dust jacket. 16mo. 107 pages; with two leaves of advertisement. 
"MICHAEL AND HIS LOST ANGEL is Henry Arthur Jones's most ambitious play. Into it he put his deepest convictions, and succeeded in producing a tragic drama of passion which may well hold its own with the finest plays of the time."--Barrett H. Clark. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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87 Jones, Henry Arthur THE DIVINE GIFT: A Play in Three Acts
London: Duckworth and Co., 1913. First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Splaying to covers, edgewear, owner's tiny bookplate to pastedown, a very good copy; no dust jacket. Tissue-guarded frontisportrait of the author. 
Late play by the English playwright who found popular success with melodramas marked by "well observed and convincing dialogue," but who never wavered in his conviction that the "drama was an art-form of major importance" (Robert Silvester). Scarce. 
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88 Kemble, John Philip; edited by Charles H. Shattuck JOHN PHILIP KEMBLE PROMPTBOOKS: Volume I
Charlottesville: The Folger Shakespeare Library/The University Press of Virginia, (1974). 0813905583 / 9780813905587 First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Green felt-pen remainder stripe to lower page edges, foxing to fore-edge and upper page edges, else near fine; in terra-cotta full cloth binding with gilt lettering and devices; no dust jacket. Illustrated. 
Photo-facsimile reprints of the noted actor-manager's published acting editions of ALL'S WELL THAT ENDS WELL, AS YOU LIKE IT and COMEDY OF ERRORS--incorporating the changes he made for his productions, and with his notations. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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89 Koch, Kenneth THE RED ROBINS: A Play
New York: Performing Arts Journal Publications, (1979). 0933826052 / 9780933826052 First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Fine, in sky-blue boards stamped in red; no dust jacket, as issued. Illustrated with production photos. 
Play based on Koch's "sprawling novel about a group of fighter pilots flying for personal freedom under the leadership of Santa Claus." Designers included: Vanessa James, Red Grooms, Roy Lichtenstein, Alex Katz, Rory McEwen and Jane Freilicher. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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90 Krasna, Norman JOHN LOVES MARY
New York: Dramatists Play Services, Inc. (1947). First edition. Hardcover. Utterly pristine, fresh, bright, fine copy in clay-colored cloth lettered in gilt to the spine; in undecorated printed dust jacket that shows very mild age-toning and edgewear, and a tiny patch of dampstain to spine tail. 
Tom Ewell and Nina Foch starred in the original Josh Logan-helmed Broadway production--which ran for 423 performances. Ronald Reagan and Patricia Neal appeared in the 1949 film, adapted by Henry and Phoebe Ephron, parents to writers Delia, Amy and Nora! 
Price: 100.00 USD
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91 Krauss, Ruth; woodcuts by Antonio Frasconi THE CANTILEVER RAINBOW
(New York): Pantheon Books, (1965). B0007DYM90 First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Encircled ''H'' rubber-stamped to front free endsheet, else very nearly fine; in bright marigold cloth with blind-stamped sun device to front cover, black lettering to spine; in a lightly soiled, age-toned illustrated dust jacket with minor edgewear. 
Poems and poem-plays from the author of A HOLE IS TO DIG, matched in "fanastical, dazzling woodcut variations" of the sun by Frasconi. "Krauss is an original, a stage poet who works directly, with extraordinary abandon and economy."--Village Voice. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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Chicago and London: The University of Chicago Press, (1972). 0226472108 / 9780226472102 First edition. In the German Literary Classics in Translation series. Translated and with an introduction by William E. Yuill. Hardcover. Fine in fuchsia cloth with front cover decoration (echo of jacket art) in blind, lettering in gilt to front cover and spine; in illustrated dust jacket. 
Pair of tragicomic plays by the groundbreaking and influential 18th century dramatist whose line of descent yielded some of Germany's finest, most revolutionary playwrights, Georg Buchner, Franz Wedekind, and Bertolt Brecht. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, (1986). 0521292476 / 9780521292474 First edition, first printing: trade paperback issue. A volume in Plays by Renaissance and Restoration Dramatists. Trade Paperback. Fine, in slick, illustrated wraps. 535 pages. Edited by Macdonald P. Jackson and Michael Neill. There was also a hardcover issue. 
Splendid volume collects fully annotated, modern-spelling texts of five Marston plays: ANTONIO AND MELLIDA; ANTONIO'S REVENGE; THE MALCONTENT; THE DUTCH COURTESAN; SOPHONISBA. Scarce! 
Price: 75.00 USD
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94 Mayorga, Margaret, editor THE BEST SHORT PLAYS 1960-1961
Boston: Beacon Press, (1961). First edition. Hardcover. Very light wear to the tips and shelf edges, else very nearly fine in red cloth with white titles to the spine and embossed illustration the front cover; in a like dust jacket with two small tears to the rear cover and very mild fading to the spine. 
A collection of ten short plays, including Ian Malcolm's "This, Gentlemen, Is Justice" and Norman Holland's "Wages of Sin," topped by two essays on short and experimental play production by Stanley Richards and Norman Walsh. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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95 Mayorga, Margaret, editor THE BEST SHORT PLAYS OF 1955-1956
Boston: Beacon Press, (1956). First edition. Blue cloth with white titles to the spine and black ink-stamped illustration to the front cover. Hardcover. Very mild fading to the spine and around the edges and faint tanning to the endsheets, else near fine; in a very good plus dust jacket with one large chip and an inch-and-a-half long tear with attending creases to the rear cover. 
A compilation of ten plays, with "Something Unspoken" by Tennessee Williams and "Dino" by Reginald Rose. Also includes four essays and an exhaustive listing of dramatic readings on LP released the year of publication. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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96 Mencken, Henry L. THE ARTIST: A Drama Without Words
Boston: John W. Luce & Company, [1923]. First edition, third printing. Brown-on-brown oriental-style decorative wrappers with printed spine label over stiff boards. 12mo. Hardcover. In this example the dustwrapper has been affixed to the boards at the front and rear flaps; the wrapper shows some minor wear at the edges, but the book is otherwise a fine, sharp copy. 
Short satirical farce by the provocative American iconoclast takes place in a gloomy hall at the concert of A Great Pianist, and features dialogue spoken by "A Hundred of the Women," "Another Hundred of the Women" and "Still Another Hundred Women." 
Price: 100.00 USD
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97 Miller, Arthur DANGER: MEMORY!
New York: Grove Press Inc., (1987). 0394561023 / 9780394561028 First U.S. edition, first printing. Hardcover. Fine in a fine dust jacket. 
Two short plays, "I Can't Remember Anything" and "Clara" by one of America's most distinguishd playwrights. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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98 Miller, Arthur DANGER: MEMORY!
New York: Grove Press Inc., (1987). 0394561023 / 9780394561028 Book club edition. Hardcover. Fine in a fine dust jacket. 
Two short plays, "I Can't Remember Anything" and "Clara" by one of America's most distinguishd playwrights. 
Price: 7.50 USD
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99 Miller, Arthur I DON'T NEED YOU ANY MORE: Stories by Arthur Miller
New York: The Viking Press, (1967). Second printing: uncorrected proofs. Proof. Scratching, age-toning, offsetting, and a bit of dampstain to cardstock covers, the dampstain bleeding through to the first two pages, otherwise the internals are clean and bright: thus, very good plus. 
Unusual proof copy of this story collection by the important American playwright: eight individual signatures are stringbound through two holes punched into the left margin; the covers bear a Colonial Press label, handwritten with title, date, publisher. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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100 Miller, Arthur SITUATION NORMAL...
New York: Reynal & Hitchcock, (1944). B000C4BKTO First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Very good minus: faint foxing to endsheets, light use, soiling; in yellow cloth with black and red stamping; in a fair dust jacket: soiled, worn, nicked, torn, with chipping to upper edges and a substantial loss (over one-third) to rear panel. 
First book from the soon-to-be world-famous playwright records firsthand material Miller was commissioned to collect for the film GI JOE: "It is what I wrote when I tried to find out what this Army meant to a lot of guys who were being soldiers." 
Price: 50.00 USD
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