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Plays by Anthony Clarvoe

Anthony Clarvoe
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This collection includes three full-length plays: LET’S PLAY TWO, THE LIVING, and SHOW AND TELL. LET’S PLAY TWO: A simple story about two total opposites falling in love. THE LIVING: In 1665 the plague brought London to its knees. The play concerns Londoners who have remained in the city as they struggle to find meaning. SHOW AND TELL: An explosion in a classroom during Show and Tell leaves 24 students dead.

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“… LET’S PLAY TWO, Anthony Clarvoe’s suprisingly affecting romantic comedy. Mr Clarvoe’s low-key two-hander … The play, about a young woman made pregnant by an even younger man whose constancy she doubts has something to say about the notion of maturity. As demonstrated by the example of sweet-tempered Phil, that quality is perhaps measured best not by the hardness of one’s calluses but by one’s willingness to acquire new ones. This may not be the most revolutionary concept ever considered on the American stage. Still, it’s no shame to have basic human decency reiterated as a value now and again, especially when it is elucidated as compassionately as in LET’S PLAY TWO.” —Peter Marks, The New York Times

“Once in a while a play comes along that is so fresh, so different, so delightful, so damn charming it defies definition. You can’t put your finger on what it is; but you sit there in the dark with a smile on your face from beginning to end, and talk about it all the way home. LET’S PLAY TWO is just such a play … It’s a simple story, really, about two totally opposite characters falling in love. That’s it. That’s all. But there are more spins on the development of their romance than there are on a champion pitcher’s baseball. And it’s their passionate love of ‘the country’s national pastime’ that brought them together in the first place.” —Shirle Gottlieb, Drama-Logue


“Set in 1665 London as the Black Plague sweeps the city claiming more than 100,000 lives, THE LIVING is not about death. Rather this remarkable, riveting drama is a compelling confirmation of life. And although it’s set more than three centuries ago, Anthony Clarvoe’s two-act parable (in which the reactions of the people and the government parallel those surrounding today’s A I D S epidemic), maintains … stunning immediacy … Often bitterly funny, often ineffably sad, this is the story of a few brave sometimes reluctantly so people who stood fast, doing what need to be done … Propelled by Clarvoe’s masterful handling of language …” —Sandra Dillard-Rosen, The Denver Post

“The play THE LIVING is alive with lessons for tomorrow. Set in London in the bubonic plague year of 1665, the play is a scary morality tale, a ghoulish slice of history and an evening shining with hope … Inevitably, the world wakes up from nightmares and learns to dance and grumble again. Clarvoe’s play reveals much in its simple retelling of a real horror. The Londoners of 1665 knew nothing about the causes of the plague. In the end, it passed, as all things do. The lesson in THE LIVING is about being tested and not being found wanting.” —Jackie Campbell, Rocky Mountain News

“… Clarvoe’s thought-provoking script, which not only celebrates the strength of courage and compassion in a climate of overshelming fear, but has a clear parallel in this country’s muddled response to the dire beginning of the AIDS crisis …” —Terri Roberts, Backstage West


“All school kids — and their parents — know about ‘Show and Tell.’ Bringing objects from home is not only a lesson in history, but also an experience in contact, of one person reaching for another and the other reaching back. Playwright Anthony Clarvoe understands it too, and his drama is a powerful tale of contact, and of discovery, and of what it takes to survive. Corey teaches fourth grade, and her classroom literally explodes one morning during show-and-tell. The entire class of twenty-four children dies, but she had left the room for a moment, and survives. A team of government forensics experts arrives to re-assemble the bodies for identification and to seek the cause of the explosion … They are tough and experienced, with the sardonic wit that they, and others who work constantly with death, need to survive. SHOW AND TELL is a strong, well-written drama that is both entertaining and thought-provoking.” —Joe Pollack, Saint Louis Post Dispatch

About the Author


  • Anthony Clarvoe

    Anthony Clarvoe’s plays PICK UP AX, SHOW AND TELL, THE LIVING, LET’S PLAY TWO, THE BROTHERS KARAMAZOV, AMBITION FACING WEST, WALKING OFF THE ROOF, CTRL+ALT+DELETE, THE ART OF SACRIFICE, GUNPOWDER JOE, and PEOPLE WHERE THEY ARE and his translations of Henrik Ibsen’s GHOSTS and THE WILD DUCK are published by Broadway Play Publishing, Inc. He has received American Theatre Critics, Will Glickman, Bay Area Theatre Critics, Los Angeles Drama Critics, Garland, Elliot Norton, and Edgerton New American Play awards; fellowships from the Guggenheim, Irvine, Jerome, and McKnight Foundations, National Endowment for the Arts, Theater Communications Group/Pew Charitable Trusts, and Kennedy Center; commissions from South Coast Rep, Mark Taper Forum, and Playwrights Horizons; the Berrilla Kerr Award for his contributions to American theater; and many others. He teaches dramatic literature at OLLI@UC Berkeley and playwriting in Oakland, CA. A native San Franciscan and long-time resident of New York City and the Midwest, he lives with his family in Berkeley, CA.

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Book Information

Publisher BPPI
Publication Date 1/1/1996
Pages 170
ISBN 9780881451177