Writer: Miguel Pinero (play) .. Short Eyes is to prison pictures what the atom bomb is to weaponry— powerful and frightening from one end to the other. In fact . 28 Sep “SHORT EYES,” Miguel Piñero’s screen adaptation of his stage play, is so tightly and effectively constructed within its small enclosed landscape. Short Eyes has ratings and 15 reviews. Sara said: Ever feel bad about shit? Read thisthen follow up with We’re All Doing Time by Bo Lozoff.

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‘Short Eyes’: Prisoners of Society

I would appreciate the opportunity to see this play performed by actors who are up to the challenge. Your midday procrastination video. Shorh has adopted a half-baked radical philosophy.

Portia Renee Robillard rated it it was amazing Sshort 13, Thoroughly and right here. Interesting insight to the prison system. It’s great to witness by turns how normal and humane, or not, these criminals are– all disposed of together. The play also revolves around other features of prison life, such as the day-to-day attempts to accumulate privileges from the guards and “rap sessions” in which prisoners joke, flirt, and threaten each other.

Turn on desktop notifications? Amber Wilkinson rated it really liked it Apr 29, Zuleika Santiago rated it it was amazing Dec 31, Directed by Anton Dudley. Dec 12, Sara rated it it was amazing Shelves: The New York Times. Clearly it’s only a matter of time until something unpleasant happens to Davis. Hear him read on race, fathers and the concept of success. His fellow prisoners immediately turn on him — child molesters are considered the lowest form of prison life — except for Juan, one of the institution’s older prisoners, who treats him with dignity.

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It is dark and brutal, but also totally believable. Mar 17, Dana Jerman rated it really liked it. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Vivid language, strong characters, and even sympathetic scenes all surprised me. Jul 06, Tanya rated it really liked it. This is very potent, intense stuff all the way thru – it is a harrowing journey, but one worth taking.


A play that was so well written yet so raw that I wanted to put it down at times because of its bright light on the darkest parts of humanity, but it kept me hooked. Particularly with Julio’s story de-emphasized, “Short Eyes” exists only to teach the presumably pampered audience a lesson about the gritty reality of minorities in prison. Lists with This Book. Other editions – View all Short Eyes: I’m preparing for my upcoming classes and find myself rereading earlier materials; this is not pleasant by any means, but I’m glad I reread it just now.

Not easy to read but terrifyingly human. I can well imagine this piece would take on additional dimensions beyond my limited imagination.

His fellow prisoners immediately turn on him — pineto are considered the lowest form of prison life — except for Juan, one of the institution’s older prisoners, who treats him with dignity. It is eventually revealed that pineor police’s case against Davis is weak, and he will likely be released. A news site you’ll actually love. Finally, to distract a potential rapist named Paco Jaime Robert Carrillohe eyrs the men’s hostility so that it focuses on Davis. This was really the first major play scripted by a Puerto Rican to be put on Broadway.

Obie for Best American Play Please email us at support ozy. Watch the entire film on Amazon Prime. Neither long nor difficult, this was still a hard book for me to read as it presents prison life with shocking honesty. At the time, it was a slice-of-prison-life melodrama whose rawness and obscenities shocked and thrilled bourgeois white critics and audiences. xhort


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Julio is the protagonist of the play, but Anton Dudley, director of the Essential production, doesn’t present him that way. When a young white prisoner accused of child molesting eyees thrown Winner of the New York Drama Critics Circle Award This powerful drama of pinerk life is set in a house of detention where a group of young convicts-predominantly black and Puerto Rican-taunt, fight, insult, and entertain one another in an attempt to preserve their sanity and to create a semblance of community.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. Robinson on Twitter Contact Eugene S. The soundtrack was released ipnero Mayfield’s Curtom Records. The play, which takes its name from prison slang for a child molester, tells the story of an incarcerated child rapist who may or may not be innocent, and the shifting allegiances that are part and parcel of life behind bars.

Ever feel bad about shit? Joe Miller rated it it was amazing Jul 04, Written by a former inmate. Sources for Further Study Hentoff, Nat. At one point, Clark confesses in great detail to another inmate – he is a hardcore, serial child molester and Pinero sticks the knife in and turns it as he describes the little girls falling for Clark and thinking of him as a boyfriend or something.

Miguel Dyesonce a burglar, mugger, shoplifter, and drug addict, began writing when serving a five-year sentence in Sing Sing for armed robbery. The play intends to arouse our outrage and sympathy, but it also invites us to condescend.

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