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Attack of the Theater People


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1. Edward gets a lot of advice from everyone around him, much of it bad. With which advice do you agree? If you were his friend, what would you tell him?

2. Edward pretends to be a lot of people. How does that relate thematically to the book?

3. How I Paid for College is a love letter to friends. What is Attack of the Theater People a love letter to?

4. How do the two books differ?

5. Edward is told hes “too jazz hands for Juilliard.” How does that relate to his feelings about his sexuality and his relationship with Hung?

6. Edward continues to be infatuated with Doug. Is Doug gay, straight or bisexual?

7. Which of this crew of friends are you and your friends the most like?

8. This is a book about finding your place in the world. What do you think Edward will do next? What about the rest of his friends?

9. How does the 1980s atmosphere affect the story? How would it be different or the same today?

10. Shakespearean references abound throughout. What do they say about the characters and situations?

11. Both Natie and Chad have no ethical problem with sharing inside information for financial gain. How do you feel about it?

12. Many of these characters have almost religious feelings about the theater. Why do you suppose so few people go to the theater?

13. Edward comes of age during the second-worst season on Broadway (the first being the season before). Why do you suppose that happened? How did Broadway come back? How has it changed?

14. Whats the thematic significance of Edward and Paula fixing the gridlock on Broadway?

15. If you were to create a piece of Guerilla Theater, what would it be?

Product Details

Acito, Marc
Broadway Books
New york (n.y.)
Humorous fiction
General Fiction
Literature-A to Z
fiction;gay;humor;theatre;coming of age;gay men;new york city
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
Grade Level:
8 x 5.22 x 0.8 in 0.56 lb

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Product details 368 pages Broadway Books - English 9780767927734 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Attack of the Theater People is as sweet and nutty and irresistible as a bag of M & M's. Acito's deft hand with dialogue lends a curious believability to even his most preposterous scenarios."
"Review" by , "Sort of an east coast Tales of the City, this over-the-top yet scarily accurate burlesque of theatre folk rampaging through '80s Manhattan caused me gasps of appalled recognition and frequent laughing out loud. It's the kind of book where you read passages to friends and they laugh too."
"Review" by , "Reading this book was like being invited to the most riotous high-school reunion ever and it was a pleasure to revisit the characters and the hair, fashion and moral failings of the 1980s. Jazz hands down, the funniest thing I've read this year."
"Review" by , "Attack of the Theater People is the book I'd write if I weren't so busy watching TV and depositing checks."
"Synopsis" by , When Edwards accidentally gets caught up in insider trading with a handsome stockbroker named Chad, only the help of his crew from How I Paid for College can rescue him from a stretch in Club Fed.
"Synopsis" by , It is 1986, and aspiring actor Edward Zanni has been kicked out of drama school for being “too jazz hands for Juilliard.” Mortified, Edward heads out into the wonderland of eighties New York City and finally lands a job as a “party motivator” who gets thirteen-year-olds to dance at bar mitzvahs and charms business people as a “stealth guest” at corporate events. When he accidentally gets caught up in insider trading with a handsome stockbroker named Chad, only the help of his crew from How I Paid for College can rescue him from a stretch in Club Fed.

Laced with the inspired zaniness of classic American musical comedy, Attack of the Theater People matches the big hair of the eighties with an even bigger heart.

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