Close of Play

Close of Play
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  • ISBN-13: 9780822202196
  • ISBN: 0822202190
  • Publication Date: 1982
  • Publisher: Dramatists Play Service, Incorporated


Gray, Simon


THE STORY: It is characteristic of Simon Gray to place a witty, intellectual hero center stage, and then systematically and ruthlessly reveal the barrenness of his soul and spirit. In CLOSE OF PLAY (the title is a cricket term) the central figure is Jasper Spencer, a celebrated literary figure and family patriarch, who sits mutely on stage while his children and their spouses, one by one, reveal their innermost concerns and problems to him. One son, a BBC television newscaster with a drinking problem, suspects that his wife is unfaithful and may leave him; another son, a doctor facing a malpractice suit, feigns devotion to his often-betrayed wife, who is pregnant with their fifth child; while the widow of a third brother, who hates everyone in sight, tries to develop a meaningful relationship with her troubled son, who is suspected of homosexuality and theft. While the stories they tell are absorbing, lively, and filled with humor, they are also, on a deeper level, uncommonly revealing-giving eloquent testimony of the profound unhappiness that underlies this ostensibly content and even placid household.Gray, Simon is the author of 'Close of Play ', published 1982 under ISBN 9780822202196 and ISBN 0822202190.

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