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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Took me a while to catch on that the ‘main character’ here is really migurl initial group of prisoners. Zuleika Santiago rated it it was amazing Dec 31, 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.

Retrieved from ” https: One of them is an attractive young man who keeps getting hit on by a predatory gay convict. Pinerro is frustratingly pineor about why most of shoet men are imprisoned, but whatever their crimes, each of them despises any man who abuses children, pinning on him the derisive nickname “short eyes.

Clearly it’s only a matter of time until something unpleasant happens to Davis. Retrieved from ” https: It is eventually revealed that the police’s case against Davis is weak, and he will likely be released. While Davis insists he doesn’t remember raping the girl, he admits that he has molested several other children.

Dark subject matter and use of slang and syntax are the main literary benefits to reading this play. The catalyst is the young inmate Julio Maurice Tschernynicknamed “Cupcakes” for his cute behind.


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Clark Davis, a young, middle-class white man accused of raping a young girl. An audience today, familiar with the truths “Short Eyes” claims to expose, can’t help noticing its freak-show element–the way Pinero shows off the men’s coarseness and danger, as if they were exhibits for the timid, clueless but titillated audience to peer at.

Ken Mitten rated it it was amazing Jan 31, I have seen several movies or plays that depict prison life, but this one is the best. This is a difficult drama about a difficult subject with language from a different time and culture in American history.

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. Written by a former inmate.

Paperbackpages. I would appreciate the opportunity to see this play performed by actors who are up to the challenge. Interesting insight to the prison system.

I can well imagine this piece would take on additional dimensions beyond my limited imagination. The Blacks Who’ll Save the Plowboy? 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.


To ask other readers questions about Short Eyesplease sign up. Dec 12, Sara rated it it was amazing Shelves: Trivia About Short Eyes: Directed by Anton Dudley.

In addition, the sjort unblinkingly stages the profanity and violent sexual language that even the most realistic dramas usually avoid. For other uses, see Short Eyes disambiguation. At the time, it was a slice-of-prison-life melodrama whose rawness and obscenities shocked and thrilled bourgeois white critics and audiences. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Vivid language, strong characters, and even sympathetic scenes all surprised me. Inthe play was adapted for a film, directed by Robert M. Ronald Wilcox rated it really liked it Feb 17, This powerful drama of prison 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 sort an attempt to preserve their sanity and to create a semblance of community.

Must read if interested in dynamics of prison life. 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.

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