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  • Paperback: 132 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber; First Edition edition (Jan. 31 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571211070
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571211074
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 13.8 x 21.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,257,874 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By J. Ott on May 20 2003
Format: Paperback
This play had a short run at The Public Theater in New York last year, where I happened to catch it. While there are flashes of wit and emotion in the writing, backing up the many praises Gilman has received, the play as a whole fails to cohere. It's ostensibly about a cop who falls in love with a hooker, but the relationship never gets deeper than a lesson in botany. The exterior drama becomes more than a little kitchen-sink convenient, especially near the end.
I'll admit, I haven't read or seen any other Gilman plays. But from what I hear, you may be better off working your way through them (especially CHURNING INTO BUTTER) before reading this one.
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Gillman does it again April 11 2005
By Nelson Diaz - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book was an amazing experience. I was happy to read Boy Gets Girl and The Glory of Living, and this one just reassured me that Gillman know her craft.
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A lesser work from a modern master June 20 2006
By C. Sanderson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Rebecca Gilman is unquestionably one of the finest modern playwrights; SPINNING INTO BUTTER, BOY GETS GIRL, and THE GLORY OF LIVING are among my favorite plays. But BLUE SURGE, despite being generally well-written, is mostly forgetable. Like Gilman's other works, it tackles "big issues"--prostitution, poverty, class differences--but can't compare with her previous accomplishments. However, it's a worthy read, especially since it isn't likely to get too many staged productions.
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Look elsewhere May 20 2003
By J. Ott - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This play had a short run at The Public Theater in New York last year, where I happened to catch it. While there are flashes of wit and emotion in the writing, backing up the many praises Gilman has received, the play as a whole fails to cohere. It's ostensibly about a cop who falls in love with a hooker, but the relationship never gets deeper than a lesson in botany. The exterior drama becomes more than a little kitchen-sink convenient, especially near the end.
I'll admit, I haven't read or seen any other Gilman plays. But from what I hear, you may be better off working your way through them (especially CHURNING INTO BUTTER) before reading this one.

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