Three Uses of the Knife: On the Nature and Purpose of Drama (Paperback)
On the Nature and Purpose of Drama
Vintage, 9780375704239, 96pp.
Publication Date: June 13, 2000
The purpose of theater, like magic, like religion . . . is to inspire cleansing awe. What makes good drama? And why does drama matter in an age that is awash in information and entertainment? David Mamet, one of our greatest living playwrights, tackles these questions with bracing directness and aphoristic authority. He believes that the tendency to dramatize is essential to human nature, that we create drama out of everything from today's weather to next year's elections. But the highest expression of this drive remains the theater.
With a cultural range that encompasses Shakespeare, Bretcht, and Ibsen, Death of a Salesmanand Bad Day at Black Rock, Mamet shows us how to distinguish true drama from its false variants. He considers the impossibly difficult progression between one act and the next and the mysterious function of the soliloquy. The result, in Three Uses of the Knife, is an electrifying treatise on the playwright's art that is also a strikingly original work of moral and aesthetic philosophy.
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Praise For Three Uses of the Knife: On the Nature and Purpose of Drama…
"[Mamet] brings his usual passion and provocation to his treatise on what makes good drama." --Vanity Fair
"No modern playwright has been bolder or more brilliant." --The New Yorker
"Pinter, Albee, Miller. They're all looking over Mamet's shoulder." --New York
"David Mamet adds yet another segment to a body of work that puts him among the great writers of this, or any other, time." --Joe Mantegna