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Rabe, David

Works: 175 works in 485 publications in 5 languages and 17,211 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Fiction  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Psychological fiction  War films  Film adaptations  Juvenile works 
Roles: Author, Interviewee, Scenarist, Author of screenplay, Conceptor, Recording engineer, Bibliographic antecedent, Recipient, Writer of accompanying material
Classifications: PS3568.A23, 812.54
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Streamers by David Rabe( Book )

29 editions published between 1970 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,560 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Set in an army barracks in the early days of the Vietnam War, Streamers has electrified audiences from its first performances with its explosive portrayal of a handful of soldiers and their fatally intertwined destinies- Richie, a wealthy neurotic who cannot resist temptation; Billy, an earnest midwestern straight arrow; Roger, a street-wise refugee from the ghetto; Carlyle, a pathological misfit who threatens the order and substance of their lives; and Sergeants Cokes and Rooney, two aging dipsomaniacal soldiers whose grimly humorous song (about parachutes that fail to open) gives the play both its title and its fundamentally compassionate tone: Beautiful streamer, Open for me, The sky is above me, But no canopy."--Jacket
Hurlyburly : a play by David Rabe( Book )

25 editions published between 1985 and 2011 in English and German and held by 1,506 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This play depicts the morally bankrupt world of four men who inhabit a Los Angeles filled with drugs, post-Vietnam despair, and Hollywood hype
In the Boom Boom Room by David Rabe( Book )

22 editions published between 1975 and 2007 in English and held by 1,466 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The play revolves around Chrissy, a somewhat naive young woman who comes to Philadelphia with dreams of stardom as a dancer. Desperation leads her to take a job as a topless go-go dancer at a sleazy nightclub called Big Tom's Boom Boom Room. While working there, she explores love and sex with a variety of unsuitable men and women, forms a friendship with a gay neighbor, and tries to resolve troubling issues in her life. These issues include vague memories of sexual abuse at the hands of her father, and a difficult relationship with a cold-hearted mother who'd wanted to abort Chrissy. Rabe's play seemed shocking when it debuted because it dealt openly with a number of topics (homosexuality, abortion, incest) that had rarely been featured in mainstream theater."--Wikipedia, June 12, 2008
The basic training of Pavlo Hummel, and Sticks and bones; two plays by David Rabe( Book )

10 editions published between 1969 and 1978 in English and held by 1,225 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

2 copies located in Circulation
Casualties of war by Brian De Palma( Visual )

19 editions published between 1969 and 2009 in 3 languages and held by 831 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Based on the true story of a squad of soldiers caught in the moral quagmire of wartime Vietnam. Witness to a vile crime, Private Ericksson (Michael J. Fox) is forced to stand alone against his fellow soldiers and commanding officer Sergeant Meserve (Sean Penn). Master filmmaker Brian DePalma creates a devastating and unforgettable tale of one man's quest for sanity and justice amidst the chaos of war
Girl by the road at night : a novel of Vietnam by David Rabe( Book )

4 editions published between 2010 and 2014 in English and held by 687 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Private Joseph Whitaker, with his Vietnam deployment papers in hand, spends his last weekend trying to find anyone who will acknowledge what he is about to do matters. In Saigon a prostitute, Quach Ngoc Lan, spends her days haggling and submitting to physical mortification - their chance encounter in Saigon forges a surprising connection
Dinosaurs on the roof : a novel by David Rabe( Book )

5 editions published between 2008 and 2014 in English and held by 555 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the town of Belger, Iowa, recently divorced Janet Cawley is attempting to find some peace and quiet, and perhaps a solitary place where she can finally fall apart. She's quit her job teaching fourth grade, though with the money she has, she will probably get along fine for another six months. She still needs to extricate herself from an affair with an ex-colleague that has the neighbors talking, but after that she can spend her time alone, jogging, drinking, and making the occasional trip into town. Her plans are interrupted one morning by the sudden appearance of her now-deceased mother's oldest friend, Bernice, who has an urgent matter to discuss. Bernice's preacher, it seems, has informed his congregation that they are to be visited by the Rapture that very evening -- and Bernice's first question, and most pressing fear, is how her dogs and cats will be fed and cared for after she's gone
Goose and Tomtom : a play by David Rabe( Book )

10 editions published between 1986 and 2008 in 3 languages and held by 531 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Story of two small-time jewel thieves united in a strangely unsettling friendhip and the constant fight to prove to themselves and others how tough they are
New American dramatists, 1960-1980 by Ruby Cohn( Book )

1 edition published in 1982 in English and held by 482 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sticks and bones; a play in two acts by David Rabe( Book )

11 editions published between 1972 and 2007 in English and held by 461 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The crossing guard by David Rabe( Book )

9 editions published between 1994 and 1996 in 3 languages and held by 433 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On his release from jail, after serving a term for killing a girl while driving drunk, a man is met by the girl's father who gives him three days to live, after which he will kill him. The novel follows the two as they prepare for the appointed day, both hearing the girl talk to them from the grave
A question of mercy by David Rabe( Book )

8 editions published between 1996 and 2008 in English and held by 421 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Thomas and Anthony are lovers struggling with Anthony's final, exhausting battle with AIDS. Joined by their friend Susanah and a retired doctor, whose help Thomas has requested, they fashion a heartbreaking friendship as they work through the stages of a plan to relieve Anthony of his illness and his life. Each character does battle with the moral and legal issues that attend the decision to help Anthony die - is this murder or mercy? Rabe creates a passionate depiction of four people confronted with the reality of a loved one's fight with death, and a compelling dramatic event that poses the question: "What would you do?"
David Rabe : a casebook( Book )

2 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 411 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mr. Wellington by David Rabe( Book )

3 editions published between 2009 and 2013 in English and held by 386 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Young Jonathan finds a small, frightened squirrel on the road and brings it home tucked inside his sneaker. But the squirrel named Mr. Wellington is weak and listless, and fearful of the unfamiliar surroundings
The Vietnam plays by David Rabe( Book )

7 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 381 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hurlyburly ; and, Those the river keeps : two plays by David Rabe( Book )

6 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 325 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A primitive heart : stories by David Rabe( Book )

3 editions published between 2005 and 2007 in English and held by 306 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A Primitive Heart is a collection of stories that moves into areas untouched in David Rabe's previous work, cutting to the quick of American manhood and revealing the distance within the most intimate relationships. Whether he is writing about a marriage shadowed by the unacknowledged discord of a risky pregnancy, about a group of men whose attempt to settle an account launches them toward unexpected violence, or about a young journalist who believes he's escaped his Catholic roots, but is forced again to confront them by a priest who once was his mentor as a writer, Rabe's voice tenders an inimitable portrait of America and offers a benediction to her struggling souls."--BOOK JACKET
Recital of the dog by David Rabe( Book )

6 editions published between 1993 and 2000 in English and held by 268 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After a man kills a dog that was threatening his cattle, he is drawn into a nightmare world of retribution and deceit
The basic training of Pavlo Hummel : a play by David Rabe( Book )

5 editions published between 1969 and 2007 in English and held by 260 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"On Broadway with Al Pacino in the title role, this drama continues the series of "Vietnam Plays" by the author of Sticks and Bones and Streamers. A born loser gets drafted into the Army. Pavlo is not very bright. He gets high, then drag races into a cop car. His fecklessness antagonizes his superiors and gets him beaten by his bunk mates. Pavlo next tries suicide with 100 aspirins, but even at this he is unsuccessful. Oblivious, Pavlo marches to war and meets his ultimate, preordained destiny: death." - Publisher's description
The black monk ; The dog problem by David Rabe( Book )

3 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 243 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Vastly different in their aesthetic, these two recent and highly praised plays embody all of the celebrated hallmarks of David Rabe's writing and art: unflinchingly honest and perceptive themes, starkly luminous dialogue, and the unsettling humor that have made him an icon of the American theater for more than forty years. (Barnes & Noble)
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Rabe, David

Rabe, David 1940-

Rabe, David W. 1940-

Rabe, David W. (David William), 1940-

Rabe, David Wiliam 1940-

Rabe, David William 1940-

Raiēmp, D̲aiēvint 1940-

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Hurlyburly : a playIn the Boom Boom RoomGirl by the road at night : a novel of VietnamDinosaurs on the roof : a novelGoose and Tomtom : a playThe crossing guardA question of mercyMr. Wellington