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Give My Regards to Nowhere: A Director's Tale
Tekijä: Richard Engling
Tämä arvostelu kirjoitettiin LibraryThingin Varhaisia arvostelijoita varten.An electronic copy of this book was provided in exchange for review by the author, via Library Thing. It took me a while to get into this book, maybe because I am not really into the theatre scene, but once it got going I found it an enjoyable read and I'm glad that I persevered. The main character is a little dull, but he is a real underdog, and I really wanted him to succeed. Overall I liked the characters. Many were larger than life but interesting, and I thought the character development was good with even minor characters having subplots and twists. The ending was a little anti-climatic and I thought it was a shame that it didn't have a more exciting resolution. However, the book is well-written and has a great atmosphere. I felt like I knew Chicago despite being across the other side of the Atlantic and never having been there. The author showed great attention to detail and it brought the story to life. ( )
Both characters and plot felt wacky, lighthearted and were a breath of fresh air in a relaxing read.
Hilarity ensues. Prepare yourself for slapstick, screwball comedy elements and the odd Fawlty Tower moment as Dwayne somehow manages to rustle up a cast and crew that he, being tied hand and foot by inexperience, lack of money and marital trouble, allows all too often to run rough-shod all over him. Or do they?
However, all's well that ends well. The crew, outwardly such a bunch of nerds, are in fact quite competent. Dwayne learns the art of delegating and teamworking, and success (of sorts) awaits at the end.
A fun, quick, and entertaining read, providing interesting and (I am told) quite realistic insights behind the scenes of theatee life.
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Chicago director Dwayne Finnegan has a long shot at the big time and only two obstacles: himself and everyone he knows.Dwayne's got an idea of how to direct Shakespeare's least-favorite play that could set him on the road to Broadway. We're talking Bob Fosse choreography, Jimi Hendrix guitars, and the hottest cast in the city of Chicago. But when the show's producer cuts out with the cash, Dwayne decides to produce the show himself, putting his marriage and his meager finances at risk. What could go wrong?"Richard Engling knows Chicago's famously chaotic and glorious storefront theater scene like the back of his hand. It's the perfect setting for absurd comic hi-jinx."- Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune, author of Rise Up! and Bigger, Brighter, Louder"A scrappy, big-hearted backstage comedy layered with mordant wit and full of a deep, abiding love for its characters..."- Adam Langer, author of Cyclorama "Hilarious, witty, touching, intelligent, and spot-on. Engling's novel about the many joys and incessant headaches of running a storefront Chicago theater is truth that could only be told as believably as it is, as fiction. The characters pulse with life, conflict, tons of drama, and humanity. Entire chapters are laugh-out-loud funny, and issues of marriage, friendship, loyalty, and the nature of theater and art flow through every sentence. A one-sit read, I promise!"- Nadeem Zaman, author of The Inheritors and Up in the Main House and Other Stories "Richard Engling is undoubtedly a writer's writer. It's hard not to read him without marveling at the skill of construction. But the technical virtuosity of Give My Regards to Nowhere is performed like prestidigitation: it's a magic trick performed in plain view. The novel is comic, wise, and riveting. It gives us the theatrical world, but also the world of anyone whose ever struggled against the odds. But Engling is also a reader's writer, those who read him without fretting about how these marvels are executed will turn each page with the thrill of discovery and immersion in this richly entertaining novel."- Liam Heneghan, author of Beasts at Bedtime
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