Blood on the Stage, 1950-1975: Milestone Plays of Crime, Mystery, and Detection (Hardback)Amnon Kabatchnik (author)
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Publisher: Scarecrow Press
Number of pages: 704
Weight: 1198 g
Dimensions: 241 x 163 x 47 mm
If your taste runs to seeing crime on stage, you won't want to miss Amnon Kabatchnik's Blood on the Stage, 1950-1975: Milestone Plays of Crime, Mystery and Detection....There are descriptions of 124 plays performed or published during that 25 year period - and what a Golden Era it was....For fans of crime writing and the theatre, this 683 page book could be the biggest and best bargain you're likely to find. * Deadly Pleasures Mystery Magazine *
Mr. Katbachnik has given us a third volume in his excellent crime and mystery play series. A most enjoyable and eminently readable journey through the world of theater as relates to mysteries. A reference book not to be missed, it is a brilliant analytic gem which should be in reachable distance of every theater lovers' book shelf. Along with his other two volumes, it is a must own series for every library, public and private. -- William Link, co-creator of Columbo and Murder She Wrote * Emmy and Edgar-Award Winning Writer and Co-Creator Of Columbo *
The third volume of this monumental reference work lives up to the high standard of the first two. Defining crime and mystery as broadly as Otto Penzler (who considers a mystery any story involving a crime or the threat of a crime), Kabatchnik begins chronologically with the Damon Runyon-inspired musical Guys and Dolls, book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows in service of Frank Loesser's music and lyrics, and finishes with Graham Greene's The Return of A.J. Raffles with over a hundred other stops along the way....A typical entry, running from two or three to over ten pages, includes a synopsis (surprise solution included), critical response, production history, biographies of the playwright and (in the case of adaptations) author of the original work, availability of acting edition, awards and honors if any, and notes. Appendices on plays concerning poison, courtroom drama, death row, and children in peril span the whole 20th Century and repeat material from earlier volumes, while providing additional information and corrections. The 23-page index covers personal names and titles. * Mystery Scene Magazine *
Blood on the Stage is a useful guide to plays of crime mystery and detection, throughout the years of 1950 to 1975. This hefty volume describes 129 plays or musicals that deal directly or indirectly with crime or mystery. Included are works of murder, theft, chicanery, kidnapping, political intrigue, and espionage. . . . There is no question that Blood on the Stage is a fun book to read and entertaining as well. * American Reference Books Annual *
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