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Curt, a police officer, sent to close down the 'Naughty but Nice' massage parlour, is covered in baby oil and standing in agonised mortification in front of Sandy, his 'masseuse'. He believes he can help Sandy back to a life of moral rectitude: 'Let me do that Please. Let me do this one thing that I can be proud of'. Prize-winning playwright Rebecca Gilman's previous work includes Boy Gets Girl, Spinning into Butter and The Glory of Living --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Gillman does it again 11 April 2005
By Nelson Diaz - Published on
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 21 Jun. 2006
By C. Sanderson - Published on
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.
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Look elsewhere 20 May 2003
By J. Ott - Published on
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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