FOR EVERY MAN AN ISLAND
Volume 11 Number 2.
Front Stage is a series of fourteen plays, each published as an 8½ x 11 inch pamphlet with an attractively printed paper cover. As they would fit neatly into a three ring notebook, the copies could conveniently be used either as literature texts to introduce flexibility into a course or as acting scripts for dramatic arts classes or dramatic groups.
The plays in the series are mainly well-known ones and represent a variety of settings and authors. They include Shakespeare's Pyramus and Thisbe scenes from A Midsummer's Night Dream, Lady Gregory's satire on Irish life, Spreading the News, Reginald Rose's wonderful study of a battle in a jury room, Twelve Angry Men, and Lucille Fletcher's exciting mystery, Sorry, Wrong Number. New to many will be For Every Man an Island by Helen Porter, which reveals the mixed feelings of a Newfoundland family who live on a small island with eight others. They plan to move to a larger centre on the mainland, and we see how the change affects both the parents and the children. Helen Porter has written an interesting and accurate picture of this island province and those interested in Canadian plays will enjoy reading or acting it.
At the end of each pamphlet is an article about the author and a variety oi suggestions for acting and studying the play. A section following The Bishop's Candlesticks called "Understanding and Interpreting" gives worthwhile questions and clues to comprehension, while "Resource Materials" offers a number of sources for library research. Information is provided at the front of each pamphlet about restrictions on the performance of each play. An informative loose commentary sheet is included.
General Editor Eric Norman and Educational Editor Catherine Maggs have shown good judgment in their selection of plays and in their development of aids for teachers and students. The assistance of the department of education, Province of Newfoundland and Labrador is acknowledged. Provided that schools are not too tied to hardcover texts, the venture should be successful as the plays are very suitable for senior high school classes.
Louise Griffith, Agincourt, ON.
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