The Theatre of Christopher Durang

The Theatre of Christopher Durang considers the works of one of the foremost comedic writers for the American stage.

Author: Miriam Chirico

Publisher: Methuen Drama

ISBN: 9781474288927

Category: Performing Arts

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The Theatre of Christopher Durang considers the works of one of the foremost comedic writers for the American stage. From Durang's early success with the controversial Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All for You (1974) to his recent Tony Award-winning play, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (2012), he has been an original theatrical voice in American theatre. Edith Oliver, long-time theatre critic for The New Yorker, described Durang as “one of the funniest men in the world.” Durang challenges traditional dramatic idioms with his irreverent comedies that are as shocking as they are prescient and compassionate. This volume provides the first comprehensive examination of Durang's works and incorporates comedic theory to examine how laughter in performance subverts social conventions and hierarchies. Through a clear, detailed discussion of the plays, Miriam Chirico considers Durang's use of black comedy, satire, and parody to explode such topics as: western literature, religion, dysfunctional families, and American social malaise. Robert Combs and Jay Malarcher provide additional critical perspectives about Durang's works, detailing his use of alienation techniques and locating his place within the American parodic tradition. The book also includes a warm introduction by Durang's former student, Pulitzer Prize-winner, David Lindsay-Abaire. The Theatre of Christopher Durang, in demonstrating how Durang has shaped contemporary theatrical possibilities, offers a valuable guide for students of American drama and comedy.
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The Theatre of Christopher Durang

The Theatre of Christopher Durang considers the works of one of the foremost comedic writers for the American stage.

Author: Miriam Chirico

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781474288934

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 248

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The Theatre of Christopher Durang considers the works of one of the foremost comedic writers for the American stage. From Durang's early success with the controversial Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All for You (1974) to his recent Tony Award-winning play, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (2012), he has been an original theatrical voice in American theatre. Edith Oliver, long-time theatre critic for The New Yorker, described Durang as “one of the funniest men in the world.” Durang challenges traditional dramatic idioms with his irreverent comedies that are as shocking as they are prescient and compassionate. This volume provides the first comprehensive examination of Durang's works and incorporates comedic theory to examine how laughter in performance subverts social conventions and hierarchies. Through a clear, detailed discussion of the plays, Miriam Chirico considers Durang's use of black comedy, satire, and parody to explode such topics as: western literature, religion, dysfunctional families, and American social malaise. Robert Combs and Jay Malarcher provide additional critical perspectives about Durang's works, detailing his use of alienation techniques and locating his place within the American parodic tradition. The book also includes a warm introduction by Durang's former student, Pulitzer Prize-winner, David Lindsay-Abaire. The Theatre of Christopher Durang, in demonstrating how Durang has shaped contemporary theatrical possibilities, offers a valuable guide for students of American drama and comedy.
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Complete Full length Plays 1975 1995

Contains seven plays which take satirical looks at Russian and American literature, anti-war plays of the 1970s, and Hollywood schlock

Author: Christopher Durang

Publisher: Smith & Kraus Pub Incorporated

ISBN: UOM:39015062122935

Category: Drama

Page: 425

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Contains seven plays which take satirical looks at Russian and American literature, anti-war plays of the 1970s, and Hollywood schlock
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Titanic

THE STORY: Amid a tangle of changing identities-and sometimes sexes-the action of the play centers on an American family, the Tammurais, who are traveling aboard the Titanic.

Author: Christopher Durang

Publisher: Dramatists Play Service Inc

ISBN: 0822211556

Category: Drama

Page: 42

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THE STORY: Amid a tangle of changing identities-and sometimes sexes-the action of the play centers on an American family, the Tammurais, who are traveling aboard the Titanic. Comprised of father, mother, brother and sister (or is she actually the Captain's daughter?) the Tammurais undergo a series of sexual permutations as they reveal all manner of shocking secrets and bizarre fetishes while awaiting the iceberg which, somehow, the ship seems unable to find. The mother tells the father that their son is not really his; the father confesses to the mother that their daughter is not really hers; the daughter mysteriously becomes an aunt who is having an affair with her sister (when she isn't seducing her nephew); while the father and son compete vigorously for the affections of a handsome young sailor, who is hard put to choose between them. Eventually the ship does go down, taking its odd assemblage of passengers with it, but leaving behind a remarkable array of original thoughts on the nature of the modern American family and the undeniably disturbed society which nurtures it.
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Christopher Durang Explains it All for You

Also including ?Dentity Crisis and The Actor's Nightmare, this collection demonstrates that laughter is the best surgery, slicing through prejudice and hypocrisy, cutting out dead beliefs and inflamed opinions.

Author: Christopher Durang

Publisher: Grove Press

ISBN: 0802132324

Category: Drama

Page: 297

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Few playwrights have explored as relentlessly as Christopher Durang the pain and confusion of everyday life?or made us laugh so uproariously at the results. Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All for You, the center of a storm of controversy for its satire of misplaced trust in religious authority,” remains as powerful today as when it was originally produced. The excruciatingly funny The Nature and Purpose of the Universe asks whether Eleanor Mann's Job-like suffering is really her fault, while Titanic takes us into the heart of children's anger with their parents and parents' manipula­tion of their children. In Beyond Therapy, two horrifyingly human therapists pursue their own needs at the expense of the most mismatched couple ever to meet through a personal ad. Also including ?Dentity Crisis and The Actor's Nightmare, this collection demonstrates that laughter is the best surgery, slicing through prejudice and hypocrisy, cutting out dead beliefs and inflamed opinions. These dark comedies, lit by lightning bolts of truth and humor, are among the most illuminating in American drama, by ?one of the most explosively funny American dramatists” (Newsweek). Includes: The Nature and Purpose of the Universe ?Dentity Crisis Titanic The Actor's Nightmare Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All for You Beyond Therapy
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Beyond Therapy

Program of play performed 22 Feb.-11 March 1984 at Brown's Mart Theatre.

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ISBN: OCLC:215863554

Category: Theater programs

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Program of play performed 22 Feb.-11 March 1984 at Brown's Mart Theatre.
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27 Short Plays

Author: Christopher Durang

Publisher: Smith & Kraus Pub Incorporated

ISBN: 188039989X

Category: Drama

Page: 419

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Three Short Plays by Christopher Durang

THE STORIES: THE NATURE AND PURPOSE OF THE UNIVERSE.

Author: Christopher Durang

Publisher: Dramatists Play Service Inc

ISBN: 0822203413

Category: Drama

Page: 85

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THE STORIES: THE NATURE AND PURPOSE OF THE UNIVERSE. Centers on a week in the beleaguered life of Eleanor Mann, housewife and mother, who lives with her religious fanatic husband and three sons; the oldest a pimp and dope pusher; the middle son a f
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Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

Winner of the 2013 Tony Award® for Best Play Winner of the Outer Circle Critics Award for Best Play Winner of the Drama League Award for Best Production of a Play Winner of the Drama Desk Award for Best Play Winner of the New York Drama ...

Author: Christopher Durang

Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.

ISBN: 9780802122384

Category: Drama

Page: 120

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Winner of the 2013 Tony Award® for Best Play Winner of the Outer Circle Critics Award for Best Play Winner of the Drama League Award for Best Production of a Play Winner of the Drama Desk Award for Best Play Winner of the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Production Winner of the Off-Broadway Alliance Award for Best Play Nominated for six Tony Awards®, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike is one of the most lauded and beloved Broadway plays of recent years. Vanya and his adopted sister Sonia live a quiet life in the Pennsylvania farmhouse where they grew up, but their peace is disturbed when their movie star sister Masha returns unannounced with her twenty-something boy toy, Spike. A weekend of rivalry, regret, and raucousness begins!
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Christopher Durang Explains It All for You

6 Plays Christopher Durang. old, someone brought me to a theatre with lots of other children. We had come to see a production of Peter Pan.

Author: Christopher Durang

Publisher: Grove Press

ISBN: 9780802188922

Category: Drama

Page: 263

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A collection of dark comedies about terrible therapists, dysfunctional parents, and more, from a winner of a Tony Award for Best Play and three Obies. Known for his dark, absurd humor and social commentary, Christopher Durang explores the pain and confusion of everyday life—and makes audiences laugh uproariously at the results. Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All for You, the center of a storm of controversy for its satire of misplaced trust in religious authority, remains as powerful today as when it was originally produced. The excruciatingly funny The Nature and Purpose of the Universe asks whether Eleanor Mann’s Job-like suffering is really her fault, while Titanic takes us into the heart of children’s anger with their parents and parents’ manipulation of their children. In Beyond Therapy, two horrifyingly human therapists pursue their own needs at the expense of the most mismatched couple ever to meet through a personal ad. Also including ’Dentity Crisis and The Actor’s Nightmare, this collection demonstrates that laughter is the best surgery, slicing through prejudice and hypocrisy, cutting out dead beliefs and inflamed opinions. These black comedies, lit by lightning bolts of truth and humor, come from “one of the most explosively funny American dramatists” (Newsweek). Includes: The Nature and Purpose of the Universe ’Dentity Crisis Titanic The Actor’s Nightmare Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All for You Beyond Therapy
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Laughing Wild

THE STORY: In the first section of the play, a Woman enters and embarks on an increasingly frenetic (and funny) recital of the perils and frustrations of daily life in urban America--waiting in line, rude taxi drivers, inane talk shows and ...

Author: Christopher Durang

Publisher: Dramatists Play Service Inc

ISBN: 0822215284

Category: Drama

Page: 83

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THE STORY: In the first section of the play, a Woman enters and embarks on an increasingly frenetic (and funny) recital of the perils and frustrations of daily life in urban America--waiting in line, rude taxi drivers, inane talk shows and the selfi
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Betty s Summer Vacation

THE STORY: Betty is looking forward to her summer share at the ocean.

Author: Christopher Durang

Publisher: Dramatists Play Service Inc

ISBN: 082221766X

Category: Performing Arts

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THE STORY: Betty is looking forward to her summer share at the ocean. But Trudy, whom she knows only slightly, chatters incessantly; and then there are the other housemates--sexy lout Buck, who's pathologically on the make with women all the time, a
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The Idiots Karamazov

THE STORY: Using the characters and events of The Brothers Karamazov as a springboard, the play becomes a lampoon not only of Dostoyevsky but of western culture and literature in general.

Author: Christopher Durang

Publisher: Dramatists Play Service Inc

ISBN: 082220553X

Category: Drama

Page: 66

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THE STORY: Using the characters and events of The Brothers Karamazov as a springboard, the play becomes a lampoon not only of Dostoyevsky but of western culture and literature in general. Dotted with literary allusions and intellectual jibes, it po
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The Marriage of Bette and Boo

The Marriage of Bette and Boo brings together two of the maddest families in creation in a portrait album of life’s uncertainties and confusion.

Author: Christopher Durang

Publisher: Grove Press

ISBN: 9780802188915

Category: Drama

Page: 109

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A painfully funny, Obie Award-winning play about the tragedy and comedy of family life. Never have marriage and the family been more scathingly or hilariously savaged than in this brilliant black comedy. The Marriage of Bette and Boo brings together two of the maddest families in creation in a portrait album of life’s uncertainties and confusion. Bereaved by miscarriages, undermined by their families, separated by alcoholism, assaulted by disease, and mystified by their priest, Bette and Boo, in their bewildered attempts to provide a semblance of hearth and home, are portrayed with a poignant compassion that enriches and enlarges the play, and makes clear why Christopher Durang has become one of the great names in American theater. “One of the most explosively funny American dramatists.”—Newsweek
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Baby with the Bathwater And Laughing Wild

In 'Laughing Wild, ' two comic monologues evolve into a man's and an woman's shared nightmare of modern life and the isolation it creates.

Author: Christopher Durang

Publisher: Grove Press

ISBN: 0802131301

Category: Drama

Page: 166

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In 'Laughing Wild, ' two comic monologues evolve into a man's and an woman's shared nightmare of modern life and the isolation it creates.
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Naomi in the Living Room Other Short Plays

THE STORIES: NAOMI IN THE LIVING ROOM.

Author: Christopher Durang

Publisher: Dramatists Play Service Inc

ISBN: 0822214482

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 273

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THE STORIES: NAOMI IN THE LIVING ROOM. Naomi, when visited by John and Johnna, her son and daughter-in-law, is alternately friendly and insulting. Johnna copes her best, but when John changes his clothes to look like Johnna, things start to unravel
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Off Broadway Musicals 1910 2007

Das Lusitania Songspiel (“The Theatre Songs of Bertolt Breck”). LYRICS: Various lyricists, including Christopher Durang; MUSIC: Various composers (see ...

Author: Dan Dietz

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9780786457311

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 656

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Despite an often unfair reputation as being less popular, less successful, or less refined than their bona-fide Broadway counterparts, Off Broadway musicals deserve their share of critical acclaim and study. A number of shows originally staged Off Broadway have gone on to their own successful Broadway runs, from the ever-popular A Chorus Line and Rent to more off-beat productions like Avenue Q and Little Shop of Horrors. And while it remains to be seen if other popular Off Broadway shows like Stomp, Blue Man Group, and Altar Boyz will make it to the larger Broadway theaters, their Off Broadway runs have been enormously successful in their own right. This book discusses more than 1,800 Off Broadway, Off Off Broadway, showcase, and workshop musical productions. It includes detailed descriptions of Off Broadway musicals that closed in previews or in rehearsal, selected musicals that opened in Brooklyn and in New Jersey, and American operas that opened in New York, along with general overviews of Off Broadway institutions such as the Light Opera of Manhattan. The typical entry includes the name of the host theater or theaters; the opening date and number of performances; the production's cast and creative team; a list of songs; a brief plot synopsis; and general comments and reviews from the New York critics. Besides the individual entries, the book also includes a preface, a bibliography, and 21 appendices including a discography, filmography, a list of published scripts, and lists of musicals categorized by topic and composer.
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Monologues

Author: Christopher Durang

Publisher: Smith & Kraus Pub Incorporated

ISBN: 1575252767

Category: Drama

Page: 224

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