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Monster in a Box (1992)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | June 1992 (USA)
This is the story of Spalding Gray and his attempt to write a novel. It is a first person account about writing and living, and dealing with success while trying to be successful.

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Nick Broomfield

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Spalding Gray
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This is the story of Spalding Gray and his attempt to write a novel. It is a first person account about writing and living, and dealing with success while trying to be successful. Written by Robbie Smith <robsmith@u.washington.edu>

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He Survived "Swimming to Cambodia." Now The Adventure Continues.

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The unnamed child who projectile vomited on stage at Lincoln Center's run of "Our Town" was Shane Culkin. This was confirmed by his famous brother Macaulay Culkin on Marc Maron's WTF Podcast. See more »

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Spalding Gray: [on travelling to Nicaragua] We sign up with thirty-six fact-finding American groups. Earnest! EARNEST! I felt like TRASH!
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The Best One Man Act In Hollywood
5 October 2013 | by meddlecoreSee all my reviews

In this monologue, Spalding Gray has returned to exploit his incredible storytelling abilities, which he will use to take us on a psychological journey through his experience of attempting to write a book (which he calls "the Monster")- after having two previously successful monologues (that is, excluding his uber-rare monologues on LA and a Personal History of American Theatre), a minor acting career (most notably in Joffe's "The Killing Fields"), and the death of his mother.

As always, he puts on one hell of an entertaining performance. I still like "Swimming to Cambodia" better, but he puts on an equally amazing performance in this piece. It's just that there isn't as much of a cinematic touch put on the film- as compared to "Swimming" and "Gray's Anatomy". The focus here is all on Spalding.

Spalding Gray is truly a master storyteller that must be seen to be experienced. I regret not getting an oppourtunity to see him live...before he passed on and all. Thankfully we have these brilliant testaments, which he has left us with. 9 out of 10.


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June 1992 (USA) See more »

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London, England, UK

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$311,245

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