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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He was discovered and encouraged by Marvin Felix Camillo, who conducted a drama workshop at the prison. During its premiere run at the Theater of the Riverside Church, the play was big upped by New York Times theater critic Mel Gussowand was soon snapped up by theater impresario Joseph Papp.

KenYatta Rogers, as a prisoner eyrs Ice, is hilarious giving a monologue on masturbation.

The staging and setting of Short Eyes contributes to its message of a trapped and devolving society, as the audience sees the gate, a table and chairs, the toilet center stage, and the catwalk above. Big Al rated it liked it Feb 01, While Davis insists he doesn’t remember raping the girl, he admits that he has molested several other children. Zuleika Santiago rated it it was amazing Dec 31, 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.

This page was last edited on 9 Octoberat Singaporean poet Alvin Pang has a rare flair for the relevant and lyrical alike. 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.


Apr 01, Darius rated it liked it Recommended to Darius by: Christina rated it really liked it Oct 22, Most of them are Black, a fyes are Hispanic, and one is an Irish-American. Jun 03, Jessica rated it it was ok Shelves: As Cupcakes leaves to shower, Mr.

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May 05, Matt rated it really liked it Shelves: Before he can decide what to do, however, Davis is attacked and killed by the other prisoners. Tanvi Sood rated it really liked it Sep 02, Retrieved October 9, Very well written drama!

Secrets of the Reef Short Eyes Alambrista! Walter Kerr of The New York Times said the play was “promising” but “not yet freed from its initial debt to life.

Directed by Anton Dudley. Winner of the New York Drama Critics Circle Award This powerful drama of prison life shot 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 eye semblance of community. Turn on desktop notifications?

When a young white prisoner accused of child molesting is thrown into the cell block by a guard who says he belongs in Sing Sing because “the men up there konw what to do with degenerates like you,” the stage is set for an explosive series of events; for, among prisoners, this child molester called “short eyes” is the lowest of criminals. Miguel Pineroonce a burglar, mugger, shoplifter, and drug addict, began writing when serving a five-year sentence in Sing Sing for armed robbery.

Act 2 opens thirty minutes later, with the same group of inmates reading, writing, playing chess, and exercising. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.


Short Eyes Analysis

Neither long nor difficult, this was still a hard book for me to read as it presents prison life with shocking honesty. Dec 12, Sara rated it it was amazing Shelves: The play intends to arouse our outrage and sympathy, but it also invites us to condescend.

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.

To ask other readers questions shorh Short Eyesplease sign up. It’s great to witness by turns how normal and humane, or not, these criminals are– all disposed of together. Curtis Mayfield Martin Hirsch H. Ken Mitten rated it it was amazing Jan 31, Heather rated it really liked it Jun 07, Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Finally, to distract a potential rapist named Paco Jaime Robert Carrillohe manipulates the men’s hostility so that it focuses on Davis.

As Juan struggles with what to do, the other prisoners plan to get rid of Davis permanently.

Joe Miller rated it it was amazing Jul 04, Ever feel bad about shit? Views Read Edit View history. Left with Juan, Davis makes a full confession of his pedophilia, and Juan responds with disgust. This puts Juan in a difficult position: I wanted to teach it to a high school class, but my boss said no way – far too violent, too much bad language and pinwro homosex.