LET'S HEAR IT FOR THE QUEEN by Alice Childress


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From the nursery rhyme about the queen of hearts who made some tarts, Childress has put together a very simple play for children to perform. The seasoning she adds includes some grade-school-Pirandello banter about this taking place ""in the mind's eye"" (essentially, the children play themselves playing the king, queen, knave, etc.) and a dash of contemporary language (""It bugs me just to look at you"") and allusion (""Once I killed a dragon. . . right in front of the 24-hour-supermarket""). There's also a spot for a rock group to do a song of their choice, a most un-rocklike happy song for the king to perform, a quote from Shakespeare ("". . . the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune. . ."") for the knave, and an egalitarian happy ending with the much-abused knave (""They called me 'Your Lowness'"") tried and forgiven--""a clear case of provoking."" It's light as her majesty's pastry and not all that flaky--certainly not what you'd expect from Childress--but handy, at its level.

Pub Date: Dec. 13th, 1976
Publisher: Coward, McCann & Geoghegan