Other than a critic, who'd kill a Broadway play? Playwright Abigail James has long been fascinated by revenge tragedies, those theatrical classics about getting even. But all of a sudden, she's living in one: The set of her latest Broadway hit has been vandalized, actors horribly attacked, a designer blinded with acid, the brilliant director terrified into hiding. Clearly,Other than a critic, who'd kill a Broadway play? Playwright Abigail James has long been fascinated by revenge tragedies, those theatrical classics about getting even. But all of a sudden, she's living in one: The set of her latest Broadway hit has been vandalized, actors horribly attacked, a designer blinded with acid, the brilliant director terrified into hiding. Clearly, they have all committed some grievous wrong, terrible enough to prompt this orgy of destruction. But who did they wrong? The police are clueless (and a little too smirkingly eager to chalk it all up to theater people's taste for drama), so James and her colleagues see only one option: They'll examine their collective sins and pinpoint the injured party. And then they'll exact some revenge of their own. A boffo thriller . . .absolutely superb - Publishers Weekly Astringent wit, style, and shrewd observation . . .brings alive the world of backstage theater - Washington Post...
|Title||:||The Fourth Wall|
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The Fourth Wall Reviews
Someone has got it in for Abigail James's Broadway hit play, and a whole set of folk around the cast and production crew are paying a high price for their enmity. Acts of vandalism and violence begin to mount up, and then the body count starts to go up.Worse still, there's no expert sleuth around to track down the mischief-maker. The plot tells the story of a group of people struggle to carry on with their passion - the theatre - playing out roles on the stage but also aware that someone maybe not very far away, is is using this to inflict huge damage on their lives. We get to learn a lot about what goes on during a play's production; the egos that need to be massaged as well as the practical problems solved in order to keep the show on the road. Paul uses all these day-to-day anxieties of the profession really well to ramp up the paranoia that is the story's bigger theme.Another one of these books that has been on my shelves probably for decades, pulled down to be read quite by accident. Must see what else I've got hidden there....
NOPE!This is not a SPOILER.I thought It was Jake Steiner, Sylvia's hubby but then no since he's never been backstage.Whatever unveils next whoa whoa whoa....who'd have thought.Jake Steiner dies, Loren ,Dorothy & john hiding. Man I was so waiting for them to come back and throw those big parties damn it.Abby, Leo and Ian make the win team man.And business goes on like nothing ever happened.hahaha Hugh Odell is funny ''You missed your calling bitch,you should've been a librarian''But what happened to Tony Fisher (man)...Leo Gunn's suspecting some/his guess Nailed it I swear. How do you guess like thatI just love BARBARA PAUL.
This is about a theater company that is being terrorized by some vengeful unknown. The members of the company decide that since the police can't seem to help them, they will have to deal with the investigation on their own. And when they find the culprit, they deal with their own revenge on their own as well.Told with such humor and panache that while you can't condone what the characters do, you can't really hate them for it. Well-written with engaging characters and clever action.
[2006-11-25] Early mystery from Barbara Paul, set in a New York theatre in the present day. A modern take on the Jacobean revenge tragedy, it's harsh and a traumatic read, but one hell of a book. One of my all-time favourite mysteries, and I'm pleased to see that it's recently been brought back into print.
I enjoyed the funny and acerbic writing style, the NYC in the late 1970's setting, and the voices of the characters, plus all the detail about working in theater. But it was shockingly violent at times and kind of a strange story. Bit of a weird one.