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The house lights dim. The curtain begins to rise... ...on ten original one-act plays by some of today's best writers of young adult fiction; Some of the plays are funny, some serious; all offer special insights into the problems and triumphs of teenagers; In Alden R. Carter's Driver's Test, a boy sets a new record by flunking his driver's test even before leaving the lot; In The house lights dim. The curtain begins to rise... ...on ten original one-act plays by some of today's best writers of young adult fiction; Some of the plays are funny, some serious; all offer special insights into the problems and triumphs of teenagers; In Alden R. Carter's Driver's Test, a boy sets a new record by flunking his driver's test even before leaving the lot; In Walter Dean Myers's Cages, a group of teenagers is suddenly given the chance to decide their own destinies. In Robin F. Brancato's War of the Words, two gangs slug it out, one group with lofty poetry, the other with slang--and the reader, actors, and audience get to supply the ending; So settle back in your seat, and let the words of Quida Sebestyen, Lensey Namioka, Susan Beth Pfeffer, and others move and entertain you, as the lights come up on Center Stage"A fine idea generates exceptional results in this collection of ten plays . . . [that] focus on teens' courage, convictions, resourcefulness, and compassion. Among the contributors are Alden Carter, Ouida Sebestyen, Walter Dean Myers and Robin Brancato. The plays will appeal to students [and] teachers can use them in numerous ways." --SLJ. 1991 Books for the Teen Age (NY Public Library)


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The house lights dim. The curtain begins to rise... ...on ten original one-act plays by some of today's best writers of young adult fiction; Some of the plays are funny, some serious; all offer special insights into the problems and triumphs of teenagers; In Alden R. Carter's Driver's Test, a boy sets a new record by flunking his driver's test even before leaving the lot; In The house lights dim. The curtain begins to rise... ...on ten original one-act plays by some of today's best writers of young adult fiction; Some of the plays are funny, some serious; all offer special insights into the problems and triumphs of teenagers; In Alden R. Carter's Driver's Test, a boy sets a new record by flunking his driver's test even before leaving the lot; In Walter Dean Myers's Cages, a group of teenagers is suddenly given the chance to decide their own destinies. In Robin F. Brancato's War of the Words, two gangs slug it out, one group with lofty poetry, the other with slang--and the reader, actors, and audience get to supply the ending; So settle back in your seat, and let the words of Quida Sebestyen, Lensey Namioka, Susan Beth Pfeffer, and others move and entertain you, as the lights come up on Center Stage"A fine idea generates exceptional results in this collection of ten plays . . . [that] focus on teens' courage, convictions, resourcefulness, and compassion. Among the contributors are Alden Carter, Ouida Sebestyen, Walter Dean Myers and Robin Brancato. The plays will appeal to students [and] teachers can use them in numerous ways." --SLJ. 1991 Books for the Teen Age (NY Public Library)

31 review for Center Stage

  1. 4 out of 5

    Oriyah Nitkin

    I didn't have high hopes but this was quite a disappointment. The plays were generally mediocre, but the last 2 were plain awful. The last in particular was an insult to teenagers. In the lingo of modern teens, "I can't even." I didn't have high hopes but this was quite a disappointment. The plays were generally mediocre, but the last 2 were plain awful. The last in particular was an insult to teenagers. In the lingo of modern teens, "I can't even."

  2. 4 out of 5

    Danielle Kern

    Alden Carter, Susan Pfeffer, Lensey Namioka, Cin Forshay-Lunsford,Dallin Malmgren, Davies Okimoto, Ouida Sebestyen, Sandy Asher, Walter Myers, and Robin Brancatoz. Center Stage. Gallo: New York 1990. 362 pp. ISBN: 0-06-022170-4. Genre: One Act Plays. Rating: ***: After finding a void in plays focusing on teenagers and their concerns, Donald Gallo approached 10 accomplished authors to write one act plays featuring teenagers and their modern day concerns. Summary: Alden, Carter. Driver’s test: A pla Alden Carter, Susan Pfeffer, Lensey Namioka, Cin Forshay-Lunsford,Dallin Malmgren, Davies Okimoto, Ouida Sebestyen, Sandy Asher, Walter Myers, and Robin Brancatoz. Center Stage. Gallo: New York 1990. 362 pp. ISBN: 0-06-022170-4. Genre: One Act Plays. Rating: ***: After finding a void in plays focusing on teenagers and their concerns, Donald Gallo approached 10 accomplished authors to write one act plays featuring teenagers and their modern day concerns. Summary: Alden, Carter. Driver’s test: A play about a young boy who fails his drivers test for the second time. This play touches on parents dating, popularity, and sibling relationships. I liked it because in the end our main character Ben realizes that even though at the time not getting his license seemed like the end of the world, there are more important things in life. Pfeffer, Beth. World Affairs: Terry our main character finds out that her mother is having an affair. Her whole world comes tumbling down and she begins to question everything. Namioka, Lensey. Herbal Nightmare: Four very typical teenagers visit a not so popular, Amanda, who works in her parent’s Chinese medicine shop. Amanda soon realizes these “friends” are using her to get high. She decides she is going to teach them a lesson by pretending to be a ghost. Forshay-Lunsford, Cin. Riding Out The Storm: This play tackles the issue of teenage depression. Good friends and family wait to see if Michael is going to survive after a horrible motorcycle accident. They go back through memories of Michael looking for signs of depression. Malmgren, Dallin. Large Fears, Little Demons: This light hearted play is about Cassie, a teenager that has a dream about her impending death. She won’t leave her room until her crush stops by her house. Okimoto, Jean. Hum It Again: Jeremy is an unhappy boy placed in the middle of his divorced parent’s feud and girlfriend drama. His best friend Jeremy helps in the only way he knows, by talking about sports. Sebestyen, Ouida. Holding Out: Curtis and Valerie, best friends, go on a road trip to find Valerie’s dad. She can’t with her mother any longer, and hopes to start a new life with her father. She finds herself again rejected. The friends find themselves in a national park, home of the ancient civilization of the Modocs. The author form parallels of survival between Curtis’s life and the history of the Modocs. Asher, Sandy. Workout: A female empowering play about Jackie, who spots Rick at a aerobics class and she puts the moves on him. Myers, Walter. Cages: The stage is set for several teenagers decided if they are ready to leave the comforts of their nest and make their own destinies. This plays shows how drastically teens are influenced by their piers. Brancato, Robin. War of The Words: This cleaver play takes on two gangs, The Notes and the Grunts. The Notes speak in poetic form and dress in frilly clothes, while the Grunts talk slang and clichés, while wearing cut off jeans and tank tops. This modern day West Side Story lets the reader make of the ending. Key issues: suicide, popularity, parent neglect, abandonment, clicks, crushes.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kelsey Ehmann

    This was not a good book. This is because it was not well writen and you don't want to keep reading. The theme of this book was to keep you friends close and to never let them go. The book was about teenagers who put on plays. There were a lot of little plays in the book. Because, of this it was very hard to comprehend everything that was going on. In every play there was a problem and it would never be fixed so that's another reason why I didn't like the book. I would not recommend this book This was not a good book. This is because it was not well writen and you don't want to keep reading. The theme of this book was to keep you friends close and to never let them go. The book was about teenagers who put on plays. There were a lot of little plays in the book. Because, of this it was very hard to comprehend everything that was going on. In every play there was a problem and it would never be fixed so that's another reason why I didn't like the book. I would not recommend this book because it was terrible. This book is for more of a older audience. This is because you need a smarter brain to comprehend everything.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Anna

    Well, I really love reading plays and I LOVE acting, but this book wasn't that great to me. The idea of one-act plays for teens seemed good to me and I was curious and excited to read it, but I didn't love it. Well, I really love reading plays and I LOVE acting, but this book wasn't that great to me. The idea of one-act plays for teens seemed good to me and I was curious and excited to read it, but I didn't love it.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Shullamuth Ballinger

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jen Bradley

  8. 4 out of 5

    Darren

  9. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie Adams

  10. 5 out of 5

    English Teachers

  11. 5 out of 5

    Trish

  12. 5 out of 5

    Clair Fedderly

  13. 5 out of 5

    Bobbi

  14. 5 out of 5

    Palash Jain

  15. 4 out of 5

    Megan

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly Gonzalez

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kearstyn

  18. 4 out of 5

    Igraine

  19. 4 out of 5

    Bernard

  20. 5 out of 5

    Claire

  21. 4 out of 5

    BC Setz

  22. 5 out of 5

    Claire S

  23. 5 out of 5

    Marissa Miller

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kathrin

  25. 4 out of 5

    Danielle DuPuis

  26. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie Hancock

  27. 4 out of 5

    BookDB

  28. 5 out of 5

    datieray

  29. 5 out of 5

    Yaya_lisahotmail.Com

  30. 4 out of 5

    Terri Reeves

  31. 4 out of 5

    Leo

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