1/2/3/4 For the Show

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The second volume of 1/2/3/4 For the Show, is an invaluable guide to the important, though sometimes overlooked, small-cast, one-act plays. Response to the first volume, released in 1995, indicated the need for a second. In this follow-up, Lewis Heniford describes more than 2,200 plays. For each play, Heniford provides astonishingly rich detail, including synopses, quotations from other sources, publishers, themes, quotes from reviewers, even ISBN numbers for easy identification of available versions. Heniford has anticipated his audience's needs, and provides the proper tools to best assist them—users can reference the plays through the Author Index, the Cast Size/Gender Index, or the Title Index. This work and its accompanying volume will be a significant addition to all educational and public libraries. It will be an indispensable resource for directors, teachers (high school and college), actors, and all one-act fans.

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Lewis W. Heniford first became interested in the theatre in 1947, while directing a two-character one-act for a festival sponsored by the University of North Carolina Playmakers. He has taught drama and directed plays all over North America and the world.

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This unique reference will be welcomed by speech and drama teachers, forensic coaches, or anyone who produces school or community theater. A series of one-act plays, featuring small casts (four or fewer characters), and written by well-known authors (Cornelia Otis Skinner, Eugene O'Neill, Guy de Maupassant, Elaine May, etc.) are presented for performance consideration.

These often hard-to-locate plays are first arranged by title according to cast requirements: one male, two females, etc. These entries provide basic bibliographic information, indicate genre, offer suggestions of other pieces that might be paired with them for a thematic program, and give ideas for tracking down the script, either through publishers or library collections. The second section is an author index. The third part provides a glossary of genre terms used in the entries: terms that allude to literary form (abridgement or adaption, brief sketch); physical description (bare-stage, choreopoem); and literary type (mystery, craft cycle drama). Each glossary entry includes one example of a play from the directory that fits into that category.

The fourth section is the feature that really sets this resource apart. "Playbills" offers suggestions for 25 possible theme programs. Three or four plays that relate to such topics as friendships or identity are grouped together, and then 80 individual script analyses follow. The analyses model actual playbills, including title, author, dramatis personae, and detailed plot synopses. "Comment" addresses production concerns regarding staging or lighting considerations, royalties, costuming problems, or cast requirements for accents or tap dancing skills.

Part 5 provides addresses for publishers. The author acknowledges the difficulty of tracking down one-act plays and discusses electronic sources (e-mail addresses, UseNet discussion groups) as well as print ones. This is followed by an annotated bibliography, the first half of which lists indexes and catalogs actually consulted; the second half suggests sources to consult for additional plays.

Field-tested in high schools, colleges, and community theaters, the plays range from classic selections to experimental pieces. Heniford, a teacher, actor, and librarian, has produced a guide that will be of interest to any collection that supports a drama curriculum or community theater.

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