The Shadow Box


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Michael Cristofer

Published by Samuel French Inc

4 Male 5 Female

Three terminal cancer patients dwell in separate cottages on a hospital's grounds. The play dramatizes their anxieties and their coming to grips with the finality of their condition a preordained future whose only imponderable is its exact length. The three are attended and visited by family and close friends

"An important, touching and courageous play.... Triumphantly turns up.... Cristofer writes with the compassion of the undamned. An extraordinarily good Broadway play with meaty roles for actors" ~ N.Y. Times

"Thunders with life" ~ ABC TV

"By far the finest play of the New York season, beautifully realized drama of sensitive perceptions often as funny as it is moving" ~ Washington Post

"Extraordinary. An overwhelming emotional experience. Truly startling and in its uncompromising way, very funny" ~ Boston Globe

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