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Compulsive Acts: Essays, Interviews, Reflections on the Works of Sky Gilbert
David Bateman (Editor)
Guernica Editions, Fall 2014
350 pages
Trade Paperback
ISBN13: 9781550717204
ISBN10: 1550717200
English
$25.00 Canada, $25.00 US

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Compulsive Acts explores the films, plays and personality of prolific playwright, novelist, filmmaker and poet Sky Gilbert through the eyes of a handful of the people who have observed his work closely over the past two decades -- as audience members and arts workers. Actors, academics, performance artists, journalists, filmmakers, playwrights, poets and his partner of many years tackle his immense output with a queer eye for the intricacies of a unique and astute aesthetic vision -- a vision that has placed him securely within Canadian Theatre history as an iconic and consistently provocative dramatic force to be reckoned with.
Gilbert masters and re-masters the “dramedy” over and over in his plays, never stooping so low as to suggest that he would allow a stabilized version of Oedipus to wander through one of his works and end up in some contemporary version of Colonus.

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Compulsive Acts: Essays, Interviews, Reflections on the Works of Sky Gilbert