Now in one volume, the works of "the most successful international playwright of her generation" (Vogue).
Yasmina Reza's plays reflect the razor sharp wit, social commentary, and impeccable comedic timing that have earned the praise of critics throughout the world, none more so than the Tony Award-winning "Art," an eccentric and clever play of ideas that took the American theater community by storm. In this sly critique of contemporary relationships, Reza skillfully picks apart the friendship of three men via a bowl of olives and a white-on-white painting. Now translated into more than 30 languages, "Art" continues to be performed worldwide, even as Reza's other plays have garnered similar acclaim." Life x 3," Reza's most recent offering, again highlights her satirical wit as two couples face off in three different versions of the dinner from hell. Praised as "compact, cool and clever" by Christopher Isherwood of" Variety," Reza uses the acidic exchanges of her characters to illuminate their inner desire for love and acceptance. Also included in this edition are two earlier plays, "The Unexpected Man" and "Conversations After a Burial." Each elucidates the startling difference between public and private life, be it in the confines of a train compartment or a country estate in the aftermath of a loved one's passing.
Yasmina Reza is an acclaimed playwright, screenwriter, and novelist. She lives in Paris. Each and all, the dramatic works of Paris-based Yasmina Reza reveal the sharp wit, social awareness, and comedic timing that have charmed critics worldwide. This omnibus collection presents the complete texts of four of her plays. The Tony Award-winning "Art" was hailed in "Newsweek" as "hilarious and sneakily profound." And "USA Today" called "Life x 3" "endearing, thoughtful . . . Captures] everyday life as] both ridiculous and sublime." In "The New Yorker," "The Unexpected Man" was termed an "artful rendering of an] encounter between strangers on a train." Finally, London's "Financial Times" raved thus of "Conversations After a Burial": "The mixture of laughter and tears is] often Chekhovian . . . Powerful, affecting." " Reza is] the most successful international playwright of her generation."--"Vogue"
"Art: 'A remarkably wise, witty and intelligent comedy. Art has touched a universal nerve.' The Times; Life x 3: 'Pleasure in triplicate.' Independent; Conversations After a Burial: 'Reza brings to her characters a brooding, mature compassion.' Sunday Times; The Unexpected Man: 'Delicate and witty, neatly constructed and peppered with irony.' Financial Times; 'One of the most musical and psychologically acute playwrights today.' Financial Times"
Series: Contemporary Classics (Faber & Faber)
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 30th July 2005
Publisher: FABER & FABER
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.0 x 13.0
Weight (kg): 0.23
Edition Number: 1