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The Black Monk And The Dog Problem: Two Plays
The Black Monk And The Dog Problem: Two Plays
 
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Author : David Rabe
Publisher : Simon & Schuster
ISBN# : 9781439141885
Pages : 336
Price :INR 1267
Offer Price:INR 1128
 
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The Black Monk has been called a singular "collaboration" between two writers: Anton Chekhov and David Rabe. Based on Chekovs novella of the same name, Rabes brilliant stage adaptation tells the story of Kovrin, the young philosophy student who returns from Moscow to the estate owned by Pesotsky, where he spent his youth. Kovrin and Pesotskys daughter, Tanya, soon fall in love and plan to marry. But the appearance of an emissary from the unknown -- the black monk -- threatens to have a devastating effect on all of them.

Trouble starts in when Teresa tells her brother Joey that this guy Ray did something to her with his dog in bed. Nobody seems to know exactly what happened, but they do know that somebodys got to pay. So what is The Dog Problem? It starts with being born into a world where the wrong thing said to the wrong person ignites a chain reaction of misplaced passions and galloping sentences that race to a deadly conclusion. The playful title is revealed to be a wry pun on the Cartesian mind/body problem, as Uncle Mal, the aging mobster, must face his turn to be the dog in this darkly funny play about men, women, sex, betrayal, and ghosts.

Vastly different in their aesthetic, these two recent and highly praised plays embody all of the celebrated hallmarks of David Rabes writing and art: unflinchingly honest and perceptive themes, starkly luminous dialogue, and the unsettling humor that have made him an icon of the American theater for more than forty years.

 

 
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