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This play ran at the National Theatre, London, throughout 1978 and the New York production in the autumn of 1982 was equally well received. In counterpointing the experiences of an Englishwoman helping the French Resistance during the war with her life in the following twenty years, the author offers a unique view of postwar history, as well as making a powerful statement about changing values and the collapse of ideals embodied in a single life.
Plenty is also a major film produced by Edward R. Pressman and Joseph Papp with Mark Seiler as Executive Producer, and directed by Fred Schepisi from a screenplay by David Hare. The cast, headed by double Oscar-winner Meryl Streep, includes Charles Dance, Tracy Ullman, John Gielgud, Sting, Ian McKellen and Sam Neill.
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- ASIN : B00C4GT00Y
- Publisher : Faber & Faber; Main edition (March 21 2013)
- Language : English
- File size : 599 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 112 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #890,579 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Having read numerous tales of individuals suffering from ptsd I thought I knew what to expect from Plenty but found it all a lot less than convincing. Maybe it would have been more so when dramatised on stage but I just found myself scratching my head when I finished reading it. Perhaps it was me but I just didn’t ‘get it’. Disappointing.
PLENTY shifts backward and forward in time. The play begins in 1962 with a scene that finds forty-year old Susan Treherne and friend Alice Parks in an empty house with Susan’s naked and unconscious husband Raymond—a circumstance that is not explained. The next scene occurs in 1943 in France. Thereafter the scenes fall sequentially until the play’s conclusion, when the opening scene is revolved and the play suddenly shifts to 1944 and the war’s conclusion.
The play itself focuses on Susan, who was an English courier behind enemy lines in World War II France. When the war ends, Susan’s reality fails to measure up to her war time experiences. She attempts to fill the gap with bohemian friends, work, the notion of having a child, but each effort unravels until she marries Raymond Brock, a rising member of the British diplomatic corps. Even so, her dissatisfaction gradually segues into fits of insanity that have the effect of destroying her husband’s career. There is no easy answer for Susan, and the play ends on an unresolved note, leaving us to wonder how she will cope—and indeed, if she is able to.
PLENTY is a strange play, written (in the author’s description) in such a way as to present the reader with an ambiguous reaction to Susan in each of the twelve scenes. It is often difficult to like her; at the same time, it is also often difficult to blame her for her inability to adjust to the post-war world. At the same time, the plot and the dialogue spirals around itself, creating, answering, and sometimes ignoring questions and issues that arose in earlier scenes until everything seems to click into place at the play’s conclusion, where we are at last able to see Susan fully. The play is famous for its symbolic nature, with Susan’s post-war losses reflecting the post-war decline of the British Empire.
Plays are generally written to be performed, not read, and I think that is very true of PLENTY. It is difficult to imagine how the script plays on the stage. This is a script best left to those who have a knowledge of the theatre; all others should see the play in performance.
GFT, Amazon Reviewer