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The Night Alive (NHB Modern Plays) Paperback – 13 Jun 2013

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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Nick Hern Books (13 Jun. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848423365
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848423367
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 0.8 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 420,147 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A beautiful meditation on dependence and redemption.-- The Stage

Superb, vivid and violent... I've rarely seen such a brilliantly fused improvisation on Harold Pinter and David Mamet at once. Five Stars. --whatsonstage.com

Both monstrous and wonderful... demonstrates a tremendous lightness of touch, deftly sketching in the broader social context as well as the beautifully improbable details of his characters' existences. --Metro

McPherson is back to his best... The Night Alive is really a celebration of ordinary people looking out for each other. Maybe that is a kind of magic - but it takes a special kind of play to make us realise that's so. --Time Out

Mordantly funny, occasionally horrifying, strangely tender...defined by sharp knowing dialogue... a compelling tale of people struggling to connect with their incoherent lives. --The Times

About the Author

One of the English language's leading theatrical voices. Conor McPherson's plays have been seen in London, New York and across the globe.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Carlton on 26 Jun. 2013
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Conor McPherson's new play was one I enjoyed very much. Although it never quite reaches the heights of his all time best The Weir, it certainly rivals The Seafarer for drama.

The characters, although at first not at all appealing, soon develop a warmth and charm which transfers itself off the page, and by the end you really relate to them. Its a real story of ordinary people just trying to survive and looking after one another. The writing is clever and despite some slow moments, it soon picks up with some truly horrifying events.

Highly recommend The Night Alive.
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By Avery Gordon on 28 July 2013
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McPherson tackles violence and humor in the same characters in this contemporary play. It deserves a second, even a third reading. There are moments of working class casual, even slovenly, lifestyles for a few middle-aged single men, juxtaposed against the cantankerous uncle upstairs. The young woman in this play is the true mystery, which will be filled out in performance, but on the page she can be taken in myriad ways. And the one truly frightening character in this play confronts a circumstance, as do the others, that nobody could expect. Funnier than, and scarier than, Hell. And grand.
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Amazon.com: 8 reviews
Disappointing theater experience 22 Feb. 2015
By Master Cineaster - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Like the meandering stories of a drunk, McPherson’s The Night Alive posits some silly situations with hapless characters, but it’s a painful 100 minutes as very little meaningful incident occurs, with even less thematic cohesion. As with The Weir, a better but still unsatisfying play, the playwright feels he’s done enough by taking real (though uninspired) characters and just presenting them in banal circumstances. He’s gone for, and found, some authenticity, yes, but he hasn’t oiled up a plot and, as a result, there’s no real meaningful theme that emerges. He’s praised to the rafters for this and other plays, but based on the two I’ve seen, he’s someone who takes characters from England’s kitchen sink-theater days but never really activates them.
More Irish 3 April 2015
By Ron DiCostanzo - Published on Amazon.com
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The play read as funnier, more "Irish," and the ending a bit less than ambiguous than the LA performance I saw. Both the performance and the text are first-rate - but reading the text filled out the performance.
My theatre-going is enchanced with my reading of the play ... 20 Nov. 2014
By Robert B. Murray - Published on Amazon.com
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My theatre-going is enchanced with my reading of the play before seeing it performed. My hearing has declined with age and knowing gthe text allows me follow the
production without problems.
Conor is a joy 31 July 2013
By Lizabit - Published on Amazon.com
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My only regret is that I could not get to London to see the play. Sorry to miss Ciaran Hinds and the rest of a wonderful, gifted cast.
Play is great, was delivered in a timely manner and in ... 3 Nov. 2014
By Ricky Warren - Published on Amazon.com
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Play is great, was delivered in a timely manner and in good condition - couldn't ask for anything more!
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