Joy Ride: Lives of the Theatricals (Hardback)
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Joy Ride: Lives of the Theatricals (Hardback)

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Hardback 592 Pages / Published: 10/09/2015
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`John Lahr manages to write better about the theatre than anybody in the English language,' says Richard Eyre. Joy Ride, which includes the best of his New Yorker profiles and reviews, makes his expertise and his exhilaration palpable. From modern greats, like Arthur Miller, Harold Pinter, David Mamet, Tony Kushner and August Wilson, through the work of directors like Nicholas Hytner and Ingmar Bergman, to Shakespeare himself, the depth of Lahr's understanding is plain to see and extraordinary to read. He brings the reader up close and personal to the artists and their art. Whether you are a regular theatre-goer, or just starting out, Lahr's book delights as both a celebration and a guide.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781408868638
Number of pages: 592
Weight: 1001 g
Dimensions: 234 x 153 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
By far the best thing about my stuff I've ever read * Arthur Miller *
John Lahr writes like a master. He has a unique understanding of those who labour in the corners of showbiz * Mike Nichols *
Lahr's profiles are the nearest we get to modern theatre history. What Lahr has is the key to the dressing room door * Spectator *
To say that Lahr lives and breathes showbusiness is an understatement ... Lahr occupied until recently American theatre's equivalent of an Archbishop's chair: senior drama critic of the New Yorker ... In an industry not known for its love of reviewers, he remains the only critic in history to have won a Tony award ... Crafted in Lahr's polished prose, [Joy Ride] is studded with anecdotes: meeting, as a starstruck 26 year old, Harold Pinter in a diner on 45th Street in New York; being given a hunting knife by David Mamet. If you're curious about Ingmar Bergman's obsession with punctuality, or what it feels like to go through a Broadway opening in the carpet-chewing company of Tony Kushner, the book is - like Lahr himself - engaging and loquacious company -- Andrew Dickson * Guardian *
Mr Lahr patiently mines the essence of his subjects - playwright, directors - with the affection of a fan, the insight of a confidant and the authorial flair of an experienced critic. The effect is often delicious ... A lifetime of listening closely for what is left unsaid. His discoveries are a delight to read * Economist *
Something of lasting value. A delight. * the Economist *
100 years from now this is where people will look to see what it was like back then. Bravo! * John Guare, Author of 'Six Degrees of Separation' *
A classic of theatre criticism and human observation -- Damian Barr * Sunday Herald *

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