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Mad Forest: A Play from Roumania [Paperback]

Caryl Churchill
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  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Nick Hern Books; Reprint edition (9 Aug 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1854590448
  • ISBN-13: 978-1854590442
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 13.3 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 621,211 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars 'Mad forest' by Caryl Churchill 18 Nov 2002
Mad forest is a new play by Caryl Churchill, set in Romania at the time of the fall of the dictator Chaucescu. The play centers on two extended families and their experiences under his tyrannical regime; which consisted of poor schooling, little electricity, no freedom of speech and removal of all the humanity. The play is written in Churchill's successful style, using conversation crossing, monologues, Romanian in parts and a general sense of wonder that this situation could still happen in our time. It is an excellent play to read or study particularly successful with Theatre Studies groups, when performed or read. Another ambitious and entirely moving play by this esteemed playwright. I highly recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wake up Romania! 2 Mar 2003
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Mad Forest is a fascinating look at Communist Romania before, during, and right after the revolution. I had the privelage of working on a college production of this play, and, each time it was performed, I found something new or amazing about it.
The play follows two families (Bogdon's family and Mihai's family) in Communist Romania. The play uses language (or, in the first scene, the lack of it) to convey the danger of their lives. Just as the conversation is suppressed, the people themselves are suppressed. (For our production, we talked to a Romanian woman who said people were afraid to talk to their next door neighbors, because they did not know the person was in Securitate (the secret police). The second act contains "sound bites," if I can call them that, to describe the events of December 1989, when the Communist government was overthrown. This part of the play is especially chilling and brilliant. The third act shows the chaos following the collapse of communism. The characters talk and argue, and almost explode with emotion, as Churchill once again uses language to show the chaos. The third act, like the aftermath of the revolution, was unsettling. I would advise anyone who wants to read this, to learn a little bit about the revolution, so you understand what happened. All in all, a fantastic, powerful, moving play.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting 1 Nov 2013
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Love Love Love this play. Caryl Churchill is arguably the best British female playwright of her time. It's informative in regards to what it's like to live through war. the best scene in the play is the vampire and the dog scene. It is suspenseful and yet it says something about war and how it affects even the animals and in this case the supernatural beings.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 6 April 2014
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This is a telling, realistic, emotional piece; I was greatly affected by the transition during the revolution. After reading it, I purchased copies for friends.
5.0 out of 5 stars Mad Forest is a great play! 13 Mar 2013
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The play is a wonderful play that deals with a very difficult time in Romanian history. My favorite scene is with the vampire and the homless dog.
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