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First presented in 1972, Tooth of Crime is one of the plays that announced Sam Shepard as an original voice in American theater. A provocative and unconventional musical-fantasy that raises questions about the nature of fame and authenticity, it is presented here in a revised edition —Tooth of Crime (Second Dance).
Tooth of Crime is the story of Hoss, an aging rock star in a world in which entertainment and street warfare go hand in hand. Hoss is challenged by a newcomer, Crow, who battles Hoss for fame. Combining musical styles and intense dialogue, the play is a tale of rock lived and died for, of rising stars to be feared and of stalwarts to be pitied.
"A fascinating, even brilliant work....It is bracingly insightful on the ephemerality and corrupting powers of stardom....Few critics would deny its electricity and imagination on the page." —The New York Times
"Marvelously evocative....Direct and immediate....A simple allegory of fame American-style....It packs a potent punch not readily forgotten." —New York Post