Item description for OMMM and Other Plays by Hugh Fox...
A Collection of one-act and two-act plays, as well as monologues for actors, from renowned playwright, writer and scholar Hugh Fox.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.3" Width: 5.4" Height: 0.4" Weight: 0.3 lbs.
Release Date Dec 11, 2006
Publisher World Audience, Inc.
ISBN 1934209260 ISBN13 9781934209264
Availability 0 units.
More About Hugh Fox
Hugh Fox, born in Chicago in 1932, is a writer and one of the founders (with Ralph Ellison, Anais Nin, Paul Bowles, Joyce Carol Oates, Buckminster Fuller and others) of the Pushcart Prize for literature. He has been published in numerous literary magazines and was the first writer to publish a critical study of Charles Bukowski. Fox was raised in Chicago as a devout Catholic, but converted to Judaism in later life. He has a Ph.D. in American Literature from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and was a professor at Michigan State University in the Department of American Thought and Language from 1968 until his retirement in 1999.
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Ideal for low-budget or community theater performance. May 13, 2007
Written by professor emeritus Hugh Fox, OMMMMMMMM: A Collection of Plays and Monologues is an anthology of short one-act plays. Though meant to be performed in sequence with short black-outs between each, they can be mixed, matched, or rearranged in any form the director likes. From contemplation on the nature of God, to an imaginary conversation between Hitler and a Jewish girl, to the different shades of misogyny revealed in the talk of women between three men, OMMMMMMMM offers a surprising, often mature-themed glimpse into both the spiritual and the venal side of human nature. The plays are dialogue-focused; their lack of complex action or expensive props make them ideal for low-budget or community theater performance.
Unique book Feb 13, 2007
Reviewed by Debra Gaynor for Reader Views (1/07)
Hugh Fox is an accomplished author. He's authored several books, including his own personal memoir, "Way, Way Off the Road." This release is a unique book filled with plays and monologues. Fox is a renowned poet He has aspirations for being a playwright.
In Hugh Fox's "OMMMMMM: A Collection of Plays and Monologues," he has tackled a number of topics. Many of these topics might be considered taboo or at the least touchy. He's mentioned men urinating, homosexuality, wearing make up, being Jewish, being African American and growing older.
The monologue I enjoyed most was the one on aging. He adeptly describes pre-menopausal symptoms as though he has lived them. There comes that time when we look in the mirror and realize that we don't really know that person looking back at us. Fox tackles one of my greatest fears in his monologue XV, loss of memory.
Hugh Fox describes a woman after the "sexual revolution." She looks back remembering two abortions. "I just needed sperm, and then once I was pregnant I was Saint Catherine of Sienna...see, I said "programmed"...as if there some sort of purpose in it all, everything on track, all is right with the world, planned... and then an asteroid hits the earth and there's the Pacific Ocean, or ten thousand people are killed in India or Guatemala." "IN THE BEGINNING WAS CHOAS AND CHOAS WAS GOD AND" "That's the way I'd like to be, as calm as a cold pancake, a plate of yogurt raisins, a dead light bulb, the mountains around Paradise, California after the kind of snow the Donner Pass people were snowed in by, before they died an what's hi-name started eating them."
Hugh Fox's style is unique. The subjects that he discusses are done so irreverently. He uses humor and a touch of sarcasm to make his points. The cover of this book is prefect for what lies inside. The buss painted three colors with graffiti, a peace sign and a smiley face hints that the author was once a hippie. I suspect there is much symbolism in this book that I did not quite understand. There were several pieces that I did enjoy, as I stated the ones on aging were poignant. I recommend "OMMMMMM" to those that would like to explore the mind of a hippie and to those who would like to look at social issues through a different perspective.