Reality Book Group & 3 Other Short Plays

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What’s more important, the book or the members? In "Reality Book Group," three college professors invite a book-loving ex-convict to join them. Selected from more than 400 plays written by New England playwrights, "Reality Book Group" was top-billed in The Boston Globe and performed at the 2012 Boston Theater Marathon. Plus 3 other 10-minute plays More
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About Richard Grossman

Richard Grossman is a psychologist (ex-Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School staff and teacher), essayist, playwright and the creator of the popular and life-saving Voicelessness and Emotional Survival website. Featured three times in New England Psychologist, his work has appeared in The Boston Globe, Boston Magazine, Cosmopolitan (UK), CBS News and other magazines, books and web sites.

Dr. Grossman's new book "Voicelessness and Emotional Survival: Notes from the Therapy Underground" describes the surprising voicelessness he experienced in the high-status (e.g., Harvard Medical School) professional psychology/psychiatry world, what he learned from it, and the resultant therapy he developed in order to help other people deprived of voice free themselves from destructive relationships. The book is available on Amazon.

Selected from over 400 plays written by New England playwrights, Grossman's 10-minute comedy, "Reality Book Group" was top-billed in The Boston Globe and performed at the 2012 Boston Theater Marathon. His play, "Suicide Squeeze--an existential crisis at third base" was produced as part of a special "Director's Workshop" program by the Drew University Theater Department on September 26 and October 1, 2016. Grossman's latest 10-minute play/musical, "Gagtime!" will be performed at the 2019 Boston Theater Marathon by the Centastage production company on May 19th, 2019.

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Patricia Reinstein reviewed on Nov. 25, 2012

Room with Maintenance is decidely a tragic non-comedy of terror, mundane in an effort to underplay the seriousness of no apparent control over cycles of victim and
predator, heaven or hell and the wish to just have the toilet fixed!!!
(review of free book)
Patricia Reinstein reviewed on Nov. 25, 2012
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Reality Book Group was selected #1 at the Boston Theatre Marathon and was light years beyond expectation for a 10 minute coverage of a macabre inner/outer mind production which I had the good fortune to experience.
Reading it in print evokes a pithy to the point narrative and has an equally surprising effect on the psyche. Richard challenges us to parse unexpected riviting images with succent terseness. Beware of how it might alter perception!
(review of free book)
aaltman4 reviewed on Sep. 3, 2012

Reality Book Group: Can literature be low falutin’? Apparently so--I laughed my literary ass off. Funny and smart at the same time. No wonder it was selected "number one" at the Boston Theater Marathon.

Is there such a thing as dark comic magical realism? Read: “Room with Maintenance”. J.P. Sartre (“No Exit”) meets O’Henry (“The Gift of the Magi”) meets Woody Allen.

Glad I stumbled on them!
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Pat McCoy reviewed on Aug. 23, 2012
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I just finished reading both of these short plays and found them fascinating. The Reality Book Group did strike me as odd. (I don't want to give away any spoilers so you'll have to see for yourself the oddity within the plot).

The other play, Room with Maintenance, made me think of the Eagles song, "Hotel California" with the lyric, "this could be heaven or this could be hell".

If you're easily offended by obscenities, please be aware that both plays include them.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
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