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Proof: A Play

4 Ratings: 5.0
A book by David Auburn

Adult/High School-Twenty-five-year-old Catherine, who sacrificed college to care for her mentally ill father (once a brilliant, much-admired mathematician), is left in a kind of limbo after his death. Socially awkward and a bit of a shut-in, she is gruff … see full wiki

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Author: David Auburn
Genre: Literature & Fiction
Publisher: Faber & Faber
4 reviews about Proof: A Play
review by . May 11, 2013
Proof the play is proof what flawless drama should be.
To use hyperbole to express onto readers the profundity and intelligence or 'mother wit' of this play would not do it a hint of justice, but rather, it would be another run-of-the-mill complementary liturgy. It won the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. And that alone speaks volumes. Using an atmosphere or background in which mathematics is prevalent - but not entirely so in respects to clearly jotted out theorems and formulas (for everything that is math oriented in this drama is rather undefined …
review by . January 24, 2008
This play captures the essence of mathematicians and some of the ways they do mathematics. Catherine is the daughter of her mathematician father Robert, who was brilliant and revolutionary in his early twenties, but has descended into madness. For the last few years Catherine has suppressed her desire to study mathematics at Northwestern University in order to care for her father. Robert has just died and Hal, one of his Ph. D. students, comes to the house to examine the notebooks Robert had filled …
review by . November 24, 2004
This is a wonderful, well-thought out play. The cast consists of only four characters and the plot moves back and forth in time from the present to the past and from dreams to reality. Catherine's father, Robert (who seems loosely based on the real-life John Nash) was one of the most brilliant mathematicians to have ever lived. By the time he was 25 he had changed the mathematics world twice. Then he became mentally sick and his brilliant and beautiful daughter Catherine drops out of school to take …
review by . May 29, 2001
To use hyperbole to express onto readers the profundity and intelligence or 'mother wit' of this play would not do it a hint of justice, but rather, it would be another run-of-the-mill complementary liturgy. It won the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. And that alone speaks volumes.Using an atmosphere or background in which mathematics is prevalent - but not entirely so in respects to clearly jotted out theorems and formulas (for everything that is math oriented in this drama is rather undefined and …
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