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Emerald City (1987) [Play]
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In "the trade" - i.e., the movie biz as covered by Variety - "Oz" is not over the rainbow but Down Under. Australia. Which makes Sydney the Emerald City, where there is not one wizard but a host of them, who are the Deal-Makers. Colin, a critically-praised but commercially under-successful screenwriter, and his wife Kate, an Editor, feel a change of venue is called for, from Melbourne (i.e., The Sticks) to Sydney, the Emerald City, the major leagues. There, Colin joins forces with an aggressive, fast-talking aspiring screenwriter named Mike, who has no discernible talent for writing but who is a genius at the Art of the Deal. Mike parlays his tenuous connection with Colin into a series of cinematic projects which culminate in his becoming a global tycoon, a pinnacle from which he can put many different projects into "development", such as Kate's pet project, a serious aboriginal novel, which Mike plans to transplant to Tennessee as a vehicle for Eddie Murphy. Eventually, Colin and Kate must make a moral decision: is the Emerald City a sane place to be: or do they want to go back to Kansas?

Original title: Emerald City
Original languages: English


Genre: Drama and Plays

Edition #1: Emerald City

Emerald City (1987)
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Language: English

  • "An incisive, grimly graceful, painfully funny play...this examination of how the noble ambition for fame deteriorates into lust for money and power, and how relationships of every kind subsist on deception, deserves our delightedly undivided attention. Emerald City protrays human rivalry with maximum comic and dramatic effect bacause it is as humorous as it is witty." N. Y. Mag.
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