WorldCat Identities

Silver, Nicky

Works: 60 works in 128 publications in 5 languages and 4,461 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Interviews  Periodicals  Comedy plays 
Roles: Author, Contributor, Director
Classifications: PS3569.I4712, 812.54
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works about Nicky Silver
Most widely held works by Nicky Silver
Etiquette and vitriol : the food chain and other plays by Nicky Silver( Book )

10 editions published between 1996 and 2012 in English and held by 520 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The first collection by a master of razor-sharp wit and black humor, Etiquette and Vitriol brings together two of Silver's highly acclaimed and successful works - the long-running Off-Broadway hit The Food Chain and the award-winning Pterodactyls - with two earlier works - Fat Men in Skirts and Free Will & Wanton Lust - which helped establish Silver as one of the leading comic voices of his generation
Raised in captivity by Nicky Silver( Book )

7 editions published between 1995 and 2013 in English and German and held by 359 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

""By a mile, the best new play of the season>""--John Heilpern, New York Observer
The Best American Short Plays, 1999-2000( Book )

2 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 241 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents a collection of ten American short plays from the 1999-2000 theater season, including selections by Pearl Cleage, Rich Orloff, Shel Silverstein, and others, each with a brief profile of the playwright
The Lyons by Nicky Silver( Book )

8 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 210 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Lyons starts in a hospital room. As Ben Lyons lies dying, his wife of forty years, Rita, flips through decorating magazines, planning a living room make-over. "I know you won't actually be there to enjoy it, but I'd like to think you'd like it." It's clear Ben and Rita have been at war for many years, and that Ben's impending demise has brought no relief. When they're joined by their children, Lisa and Curtis, all efforts at a pleasant visit or a sentimental goodbye to the dying patriarch are soon abandoned. Terrible secrets and vicious accusations replace sentimental memories. In Act Two we follow Curtis. His desperate attempt to make a new connection ends so disastrously that the remaining Lyons are reunited at the hospital. We watch as each of them take the first tentative steps toward new human connection."--Publisher description
Fat men in skirts by Nicky Silver( Book )

18 editions published between 1993 and 2001 in 3 languages and held by 200 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After their plane crashes, Phyllis, and her son, Biship, are stranded on a desert island for five years. During their stay, Bishop is transformed from a stuttering, Katherine Hepburn-obsessed little boy into a feral savage who eventually rapes his mother. Phyllis devolves from a glib, callused sophisticate to a helpless, addled shell. Left to fend for themselves, they dine on the bodies of those less fortunate and eventually become lovers
Pterodactyls by Nicky Silver( Book )

8 editions published between 1994 and 1999 in 5 languages and held by 189 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An absurdist black comedy about the demise of the Duncan family, and, by extension, the species
The altruists by Nicky Silver( Book )

4 editions published between 1999 and 2004 in German and English and held by 179 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Altruists revolves around a dedicated, if disorganized and demented, group of young radicals. These are the kids who protest. They protest arts funding and arms funding. They protest school cutbacks and AIDS cutbacks and welfare cutbacks. They march for gay rights and children's rights and Women Against Drunk Drivers. But their morality is put to the test one day when Sydney, a shallow, anorexic soap-opera actress, fires a gun into the hulking body of her sleeping boyfriend. Terrified, she looks to her brother, Ronald, the center of this merry band of radicals, for help
The food chain by Nicky Silver( Book )

1 edition published in 1996 in English and held by 153 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Amanda, an anorexic poet of some pretensions, has been married for three weeks, but her husband, Ford, has been missing for two. She calls a crisis hot line and reaches Bea, a volunteer. Bea's answer to Amanda's problems is to diminish them by complaining about her own deceased husband's inattentiveness, her son's embarrasing nature, and also to dispense hilarious (but useless) advice. Just as Amanda nears her wit's end, Ford walks in so she simply hangs up on Bea. Meanwhile, across town, Serge, a completely vain runway model, paces as he waits for the arrival of his latest paramour. He is intruded upon by a former one-night stand, Otto who worships him and who tips the scales at about three hundred pounds. Otto tortures, harangues and cajoles Serge while swilling Yoo-hoo, eating junk food and taking phone calls from his mother until Serge can take no more. Serge explodes but is interrupted by a phone call -- his new lover will not be coming. This leaves Serge and Otto in the same state: Both are now victims of fickle romance. The scene shifts back to Amanda's at the crack of dawn. Serge is banging on the door, looking for his lover, surprising Amanda. It was with Serge that Ford had spent his lost two honeymoon weeks. Having followed Serge, it isn't long until Otto shows up, with breakfast, threatening suicide. Next to arrive is Bea, furious at Amanda for hanging up on her as Bea does not tolerate rudeness. As riotous chaos builds, we learn that Bea is Otto's mother, that Otto and Amanda are old school friends, that Serge will settle for both Amanda and Ford and that Ford has absolutely nothing to say. Bea takes charge and offers a solution
Beautiful child by Nicky Silver( Book )

2 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 141 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"How do we love someone who falls outside our moral code? BEAUTIFUL CHILD presents Harry and Nan, a couple whose marriage has become a comfortable battleground of witty barbs and infidelity. Everything they think they know, however, is called into question when their son, Isaac, an art teacher and painter, comes for lunch and asks if he can stay. The world's no longer safe for Isaac, as his secrets are about to become public-he has fallen in love, and has been having an affair, with one of his students, an eight-year-old boy named Brian. Harry and Nan search for clues, desperate to make sense of this horror, alternately looking for exoneration and punishment for what must be their fault. They want to help their son, who was, as Harry ruefully recalls, a beautiful child. They want to love him. But how? And what is their responsibility to the world and to the children in Isaac's future? Magically, this tragedy brings Harry and Nan closer together as they arrive at a decision that's terribly painful and magically restorative."--Publisher description
The Eros trilogy by Nicky Silver( Book )

2 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 139 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"CLAIRE, the first piece, finds a beautiful matron who might have walked out of a Noel Coward play. Claire is trying to recover from an incident that occurred in the morning, an incident that brought home, all too painfully, the reality that the beautiful world that she called home is gone forever. Shaken and frightened, she finds peace only while making love with a much younger man, a man who allows her to forget herself and retreat into a world where "we were children and easily pleased." (1 woman.) PHILIP, Claire's son, addresses the audience next. Stylistically he is her polar opposite, a mass of anxiety and tension, who lives a life without intimacy or human contact. Fearful and full of self-loathing, Philip becomes fixated on a young man, whose name he doesn't know. Terrified of rejection, he lives his life for furtive glances. Finally conquering his fear, he attempts to make contact-an act of bravery that leads to a terrifying and violent result. (1 man.) ROGER & MIRIAM follows the lives of a suburban mother and her awkward son for more than twenty years. From summer camp to finding new love after AIDS has robbed us of our innocence. Roger and Miriam confide in each other through a series of letters, often funny, sometimes tragic. While their paths are very different-Miriam experimenting with extra-marital affairs, Roger holding on to a childhood ideal of love-they both, ultimately come to a similar conclusion. "We were two people, touching," that's what mattered. (2 men, 1 woman.)"--Publisher description
The maiden's prayer by Nicky Silver( Book )

3 editions published between 1998 and 1999 in English and German and held by 138 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"We open at the wedding of Taylor and Cynthia, a golden couple beloved by everyone-almost. Libby, Cynthia's hard-drinking sister, is in love with Taylor herself and she can take it no longer. "The hypocrisy, the bone-chilling grotesque hypocrisy!" Fleeing to the back yard she discovers Paul, Taylor's best friend, a charming fellow, who, since childhood, has harbored a secret love for the groom himself. As Libby and Paul are forced to deal with unrequited love, their lives change dramatically. Paul, promiscuous by nature, finds himself pursued by a young man, Andrew, who seems, at first, less interested in true love than in available real estate. And Libby, her career in a shambles, succumbs to a life without love, a life where sex is connected to monetary gain, rather than affection. When Cynthia gives birth to a still-born child, her marriage dissolves and Taylor sinks into depression and alcoholism. Surprisingly, Libby, who has viewed her sister as the enemy all her life, finds the strength to sacrifice her own desires to help Cynthia through her grief. While Paul, seemingly kind, always appropriate, betrays his dearest friend and secret love. He gambles with Taylor's life, hoping his friend will turn to him, at last, for comfort. THE MAIDEN'S PRAYER follows this quartet and Andrew as they struggle to learn the difference between loving someone and needing them."--Publisher description
Fit to be tied by Nicky Silver( Book )

2 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 134 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Arloc Simpson is fabulously wealthy but desperately lonely, living a solitary life for many years. When one day he reads the obituary of a former lover, he knows at once he's in trouble. "Pneumonia is a code word when you read it in the paper!" For the first time, he wrestles with the idea of his own mortality, and has a blood test, the results of which he cannot bring himself to read. The envelope sits, unopened, taunting him. "It's my enemy. And my apartment isn't big enough for both of us!" So he leaves, and walks, and walks, and walks ... and meets HIM! Arloc meets someone he believes may be the great love of his life, Boyd, a young runaway with no family who is working as an angel at Radio City's Christmas Spectacular. Arloc invites him up for a drink, but when Boyd readies to leave, Arloc is terrified that his last chance for happiness will slip away, so he kidnaps him. At that moment, Arloc's mother, Nessa, descends upon him. A flamboyant, fast-talking, heavy-drinking promiscuous woman, Nessa has fled her loveless marriage and, with nowhere else to go, seeks refuge with her son. When she stumbles upon the angel, bound and gagged in the closet, she realizes her son is in trouble, and asks Boyd to stay by paying him, "I'll pay you ... one pearl each day you stay and pretend to love him." Thus the three of them live together and form what turns out to be a fragile, wonderful "ménage à trios". It isn't until Carl, Nessa's husband, appears, and demands that his wife return, that our trio realizes the magic quality of their relationship. Nessa uses her love for Boyd to wound Carl, but it is her willingness to give him up that surprises Arloc. She proves herself eager to sacrifice, to start again and to finally have the relationship she had avoided with her child. Knowing this, Arloc can finally live with the contents of that dreaded envelope, whatever it may be."--Publisher description
The agony & the agony by Nicky Silver( Book )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 119 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Richard Aglow is a failure. A once-promising playwright, he finds himself a virtual shut-in with only rejection letters to amuse himself. Until today. He's started writing again! And as luck would have it, inspiration has hit on the very day his wife, Lela, an aspiring actress who married Richard despite his homosexuality, has met one of New York's leading producers. This is Richard's chance, a golden opportunity to get back in the game. Of course, he'll have to overlook the fact that the producer about to arrive is the man who wrote that last rejection, the one that broke Richard's spirit. The arrival of Lela's lover, his pregnant girlfriend and the ghost of one of the twentieth century's most-notorious killers complicate matters further."--Page 4 of cover
Three changes by Nicky Silver( Book )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 107 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Nate and Laurel are a seemingly happy couple living on New York's Upper West Side, busy, content and comfortable -- until the surprising arrival of Hal, Nate's long-lost brother. A once-successful television writer, Hal is just out of rehab. He's out of cash and alone in the world. But what seems to be a casual visit, a chance to reconnect, is quickly revealed to be something much more ominous
Too much sun by Nicky Silver( Book )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 91 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Audrey Langham, an actress of some repute but greater temperament, reaches her breaking point while rehearsing Medea in Chicago. She walks off the stage and out of the production. With no place else to go, she heads to her daughter's summer house on Cape Cod. Kitty and her husband Dennis, however, hardly greet Audrey with champagne and confetti. Audrey gets a warmer reception from the star-struck widower next door and his troubled son. A summer by the sea full of hilariously calculated romance and clandestine trysts leads to an inevitable tragedy. But from that tragedy emerge new beginnings and new bonds. Secrets are unearthed as each of these characters finds a way to be who they really are when they stop 'acting.'"--Cover
This day forward by Nicky Silver( Book )

1 edition published in 2017 in English and held by 61 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Martin has just married the girl of his dreams. Only moments after their vows, however, Irene reveals that she, in fact, is deeply in love with someone else, a gas station attendant named Emil. To make matters worse, she called Emil during the reception and he's on his way to confront the groom. By the end of Act I, Irene has left Martin to be with her love. Act II is set forty-six years later. Noah, Irene's son, is waiting for his mother to be delivered by the police, having been found disoriented at the airport. We learn from Noah that Martin and Irene did, in fact, end up together. The mystery of how that happened is slowly revealed as Noah grapples with his combative and confused mother, his desperate sister, and Leo, the young man Noah pushes away despite the love between them."--
Working in the theatre( Visual )

3 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

George White and Brendan Gill interview playwrights, directors, and choreographers of various Broadway productions
Working in the theatre( Visual )

1 edition published in 2000 in English and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

George White and Brendan Gill interview members of the production team of the Broadway show Stanley
Food chain by Nicky Silver( Book )

1 edition published in 2001 in Dutch and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Een paar uren uit het eenzame leven van vijf stedelingen: de anorectische Amanda, haar kersverse echtgenoot Ford, de klaagzieke Bea, de getroubleerde en zwaarlijvige homo Otto en het verliefde fotomodel Serge
Fette Männer im Rock Gros Messieurs en jupes = Fat men in skirts( Visual )

3 editions published between 1998 and 2000 in German and Undetermined and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Etiquette and vitriol : the food chain and other plays
Alternative Names
Nicky Silver Amerikaans toneelschrijver

Nicky Silver dramaturge américain

Nicky Silver dramaturgo estadounidense

Никки Сильвер

English (51)

German (22)

Danish (2)

Swedish (2)

Dutch (2)

Raised in captivityThe Best American Short Plays, 1999-2000Fat men in skirtsPterodactylsThe altruistsBeautiful childThe agony & the agonyThree changes