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Some Kind of Love Story

Some Kind of Love Story
Your Price: $13.05 CDN
Author: Arthur Miller
Publisher: Dramatists Play Service
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 47
Pub. Date: 1983
ISBN-10: 0822210533
ISBN-13: 9780822210535

About the Play:

Some Kind of Love Story is a one-act drama by Arthur Miller. A private detective is determined to expose a miscarriage of justice. He is convinced his fragile ex-lover holds the key to the innocent man's release from prison. But she will not tell. Is he ready for the truth? Miller hits back at the themes of justice and the search for truth in a tale of deception, corruption, power and abuse. Especially recommended for school and contest use. Paired with its companion one-act Elegy for a Lady with which it constitutes a full evening of theatre as two halves of a double-bill titled "Two-Way Mirror", this play can also be presented independently with equal effectiveness.

Some Kind of Love Story is a thrilling yet tender gem inspired by the 1940s and 50s film noir genre. Angela, a hard-bitten call-girl, is visited by Tom, a private detective of long acquaintance, who is convinced that she can supply information about a murder case which, some years earlier, resulted in a miscarriage of justice. As Tom plays on their former closeness, trying to draw out the facts he seeks, Angela withdraws behind a schizophrenic screen of multiple personalities ranging from a brazen creature named Leontyne, to a shrinking violet called Emily, to a haughty English-woman named Renata. Doggedly persistent, Tom does, in the end, break through the fears which have driven Angela to hide the truth within herself. With chilling intensity she pours through a tale of duplicity and corruption and recounts how an innocent man ended up paying for the crimes of others. As the play ends Tom offers to drive Angela to her next assignation – relieved that his quest has ended but, at the same time, disturbed by the knowledge that his worst fears have been borne out.

Some Kind of Love Story as first presented in 1982 by the Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, Connecticut, where it was combined with Elegy for a Lady under the title "2 by A.M."; the combination of these two plays has also been presented as "Two-Way Mirror". Arthur Miller created a film noir version of Some Kind of Love Story in his screenplay Everybody Wins, starring Nick Nolte and Debra Winger.

Cast: 1 woman, 1 man

What people say:

"Mr. Miller's impassioned beliefs pour forth." — The New York Times

"…couched in snappy, even rough, and frequently quite funny language." — New York Daily News

About the Playwright:

Arthur Miller (1915-2005) was born in New York City and studied at the University of Michigan. With a career that spanned over 50 years, he wrote more than thirty plays that transformed American Theatre and proved to be both the conscience and redemption of the times. His probing dramas won him the Pulitzer Prize, three Tony Awards, two Drama Critics Circle Awards, and an Obie.

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