Fifty Contemporary One-Act Plays is a compilation assembled by editors Frank Shay and Pierre Loving. As the name indicates, this collection is composed entirely of one-act presentations that were either popular or critically acclaimed in the early twentieth century.
Shay and Loving have put together a fairly broad selection of plays for this book. What will strike the reader almost immediately is the international flavor of this collection. Plays included originate from Austria, Belgium, Bolivia, France, Germany, Great Britain, India, Ireland, Holland, Hungary, Italy, Russia, Spain, Sweden and the United States. Fifty different playwrights are included, and the plays range from comedies (Literature by Arthur Schnitzles and Monsieur Lamblin by George Ancey, among others) to satires (Kate Ettlinger's Altruism and Arnold Bennett's A Good Woman) to dramas (The Little Stone House by George Calderon and Mary's Wedding by Gilbert Cannan, plus many more). This is a delightful collection that truly includes a little bit of everything.
Fifty Contemporary One-Act Plays is sure to appeal to any theatre lover. Whether you have come upon this book to select a play for presentation or if you are simply interested in reading the works of these accomplished playwrights, this collection is a treasure trove of modern theatre. The brevity of these works makes reading a play or two no great undertaking, and this is a book that could easily find a home on your nightstand for some time. Regardless of the style of play you enjoy, you are sure to find something to you liking in Shay and Loving's collection.
An excellent collection containing many forgotten classics, Fifty Contemporary One-Act Plays is sure to delight all lovers of theatre and one act plays. This book makes an excellent addition to the library of anybody who relishes stage productions.