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The Day Room [Paperback]

Don DeLillo
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February 1989
The play opens in a hospital; the characters are patients, doctors and nurses. It is a recognizable, predictable world. And yet, as the scenes unfold -- in dialogue crackling with intelligence and insight, with incandescent bite and humour -- our sense of normalcy is rocked from under us. Are these doctors and nurses really just patients from the Arno Klein Psychiatric Wing? Or are they something else entirely: people who are playing psychiatric patients playing doctors and nurses? And who, exactly, is Arno Klein? Described by the Boston Globe on its first performance as 'an unselfconscious, fizzing, inventive black comedy that is enormously funny', The Day Room displays Don DeLillo's extraordinary talents in the brightest of lights.
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DeLillo ( The Names, White Noise) is a well known novelist with a loyal following; this is his first play. As one would expect, it is a fractured view of reality, a black comedy. For those who thought absurdism was finished as a stage language, here it is, full blown, still able to puzzle, shock, and amuse. Set in a hospital, the play rapidly destroys the distinctions between patients and staff until it is impossible to tell who is ill and who is not. Our fears of hospitals, death, and insanity are allowed full reign. Language breaks down, and finally, the perception of reality dissolves into questions about personal identity and the possibility of meaningful communication. This is not for everyone, but it plays well. A new turn in DeLillo's career. Thomas E. Luddy, Salem State Coll., Mass.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars i saw god March 14 2001
By ethrien
Format:Paperback
This is one of the better books ive read. Buy it, read it and lend it to a friend.
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2.0 out of 5 stars No, no, no Aug. 30 2000
Format:Paperback
Too didactic in its attempt at not being didactic without that being the work's ambition. Heavily influenced by the absurdist playwrites, Delillo, though I have yet to read his prose fiction, is not a playwrite by any means. Funny at times, strong with intertexual parallels, but weak as a whole.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Interesting, quirky play June 1 1997
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
We did this play in my high school dramatic production class. It is an interesting view on the meaning of reality versus illusion. Although a bit convoluted in parts, it is worth a read if you are into that sort of thing
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4.0 out of 5 stars DeLillo never disappoints Dec 22 2009
By Big DeLillo Fan - Published on Amazon.com
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Don DeLillo is a consumate master of the written word, be it novel or play. "THe Day Room" is an hilarious exploration of an existential dilemma: What is real and who can I trust? What determines the normal and sane? The health care setting is particularly apt. I recommend this and everything DeLillo has written.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Fun Read, But May 23 2010
By Vance - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This was an enjoyable, quick read, and as always with plays, is better left to watch the stage version. Though I was initially pleased with the ending, and the story stayed with me, I still wonder about the point of it, what the message way.

Still, I enjoyed the writing and reading the play.
1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Day Room has it's good moments, but ultimately is a bit random Feb. 10 2007
By Z. Freeman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This play is definitely an interesting read, but I can't see how it would play out on the stage when the audience can't read the stage instructions (like letting you know that a guy in a straight-jacket is the TV, and other such low-rent "quirks" that this script has).

The Day Room definitely raises interesting questions about what is real and what is an illusion. The circular ending really saves the entire play, but it can't make up for 111 pages of confusion before that. While trying to build up to the shocking and consciousness-raising ending, the play sputters for a while in pseudo-intellectualism and leaves the reader wanting at least a little clarification to hang their hat on. Some randomness is beautiful, too much leaves nothing solid to hold the randomness up, and throws the reader off.

Delillo's style is reminiscient of Beckett and other experimental minimalists. There's not a typical plot, with a character arc to follow. There are hospital patients, and hospital workers, and the audience never really knows who's who or what's going to happen next. At times this is exciting, but at other times it separates the reader from the story.

There are some very good monologues sprinkled throughout the play, both in Act I and Act II, but sometimes long-winded monologues can get boring and slow a show down on stage. And if you're looking for good monologues, look somewhere besides a long-winded production set in a psychiatric ward.
3 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Interesting, quirky play June 1 1997
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
We did this play in my high school dramatic production class. It is an interesting view on the meaning of reality versus illusion. Although a bit convoluted in parts, it is worth a read if you are into that sort of thing
2 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars i saw god March 13 2001
By ethrien - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is one of the better books ive read. Buy it, read it and lend it to a friend.
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