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  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Oberon Books Ltd (27 Nov. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840023554
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840023558
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 0.5 x 21.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,444,775 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 Feb. 2004
Format: Paperback
I Received my Book Yesterday and already finished it. The Play had me hooked, even though I was sceptical at first whether it would live up to expectations of it. But I really enjoyed it because it is cleverly written and very funny even though there is an underlying sadness to it.
There are two main characters Lindy and Adam.
Lindy is a truly wonderful character, she is complex, witty and you can get a real sense of who she is and the sadness she has in her life. Adam Is Likeable also and , like Lindy, is a well written Character. It is easy to identify with both of them and both are painfully honest with each other.
The Dialogue is easy to follow, and can have you feeling extremely sad one minute and laughing out loud the next It is interesting to see how things will play out, and in the end you want to know even more about them.
I wish I had been able to see it in London, but the way it is written you can imagine everything in perfect detail.
I'd recommend that anyone takes a look at this, it is extremely enjoyable and it is easy to imagine how it would play out on stage. It Leaves you feeling both Sad and Happy. The only negative I would find with it is that for me it ended too soon, and left me wanting more!!!
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Decent but could have used some more tweaking 22 Sept. 2007
By J - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Michael Weller's 2002 play, "What The Night Is For" is a burst of fireworks preceded by a string of duds. This two character play concerns Melinda Metz and Adam Penzius, two former lovers who now, as well as then, are married to other people. After ten long years the pair have reunited in a hotel room for a night full of questions, answers, longing, and pain.

The first act is slow going as the two tapdance around each other as each attempts to feel the other one out. While this is a correct idea, the execution of it is problematic, as the act is TOO slow-moving and drags greatly with neither character revealing much about themselves or their former relationship nor happen to seem very interesting.

Act Two, however, greatly ups the stakes for he characters as well as the play itself as Melinda and Adam unravel each other and lay their cards on the table; a process that leaves both exposed, honest, and terrified. This is where Weller's play shines as the lives and emotions of the characters begin to take over the play and speak for themselves intead of letting Weller's pen speak for them.

The structure of the play is very fine, with only the 'revelation' of Melinda's condition feeling poorly handled and placed. Weller's dialogue is a bit of a problem at times, especially in the first act. Before both characters up the ante with each other in the second act, there is largely nothing for them to do except complain about and compare lives. As both characters are upper-crust, well-off New Yorkers (or former New Yorkers), there is little in their lives to make the audience care about them. This leaves a bit of a disconnect between the play and the audience and sends sympathy, as well as interest, out the window for a large portion of the first act.

On a technical note, the role of Adam is not as complex as the role of Melinda, therefore this play requires an actress of considerable skill while being able to get away with using a mediocre actor.

The play could have used a bit more tweaking, but still comes out as an interesting read. I would say its worth checking out sometime, but if you never get to it, don't kick yourself.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Great comedy 6 May 2013
By H. White - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
If you have good middle-aged actors in your theatre company, I highly recommend this play as something to consider for a production or even a reading. It's funny and heartfelt.
Love it! It hit home. 23 Feb. 2014
By Maeshawn - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I didn't find it difficult to relate to the content. In fact, it was uncomfortable at times. Who hasn't within a marriage wondered whatever happen to 'so and so.' This play takes it a step further and puts the onetime lovers together to see where it can go from here. Problem: they're both married to other people. Some of the dialogue was thought provoking. Have you ever had to put a smile on your face and be present--in the moment--when your mind and heart were on someone else far away? Maybe seeing the play as I did and then buying the script to re-read at my leisure gave me more insight into the writing. Or, maybe with age you have more life experiences that this play resonates with.
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