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'Dentity Crisis Comedy/Satire 5 (2m, 3f) View Details Compare
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Recovering from a nervous breakdown, Jane is nursed and nagged by her relentlessly cheerful mother, and confused by her oversexed brother—who keeps changing into her father, her grandfather and her mother's French lover. Eventually all (including Jane's psychiatrist, who undergoes a sex change operation and swaps places with his wife) change characters again and become Jane herself—leaving her with no identity at all and pointing up the near impossibility of self-identification in our uncertain times.

First presented by the Yale Repertory Theater. An inventive, antic and mercilessly revealing black comedy, which deals harshly with the pretensions of modern psychiatry. "…irreverent mixture of parody, satire, theater jokes, and nonsense." —New Haven Register. "Durang's writing is short and sharp moments of wit and hilarity." —Variety.     

1-900-Desperate 4 (1m, 3f) View Details Compare
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1-900-DESPERATE. Gretchen, nagged by her mother about her empty love life, calls a romance talk line and finds only other women and one young man named Scuzzy. When a five-year-old child dials by mistake, Gretchen finds his innocent babbling preferable to all the adults. In volume entitled NAOMI IN THE LIVING ROOM AND OTHER SHORT PLAYS.

     

Actor's Nightmare, The Comedy/Satire 5 (2m, 3f) View Details Compare
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Having casually wandered onstage, George is informed that one of the actors, Eddie, has been in an auto accident and he must replace him immediately. Apparently no one is sure of what play is being performed but George (costumed as Hamlet) seems to find himself in the middle of a scene from Private Lives, surrounded by such luminaries as Sarah Siddons, Dame Ellen Terry and Henry Irving. As he fumbles through one missed cue after another the other actors shift to Hamlet, then a play by Samuel Beckett, and then a climactic scene from what might well be A Man for All Seasons—by which time the disconcerted George has lost all sense of contact with his fellow performers. Yet, in the closing moments of the play, he rises to the occasion and finally says the right lines, whereupon make-believe suddenly gives way to reality as the executioner's axe (meant for Sir Thomas Moore) instead sends poor George to oblivion—denying him a well-earned curtain call.

Conceived as a companion piece to the author's award-winning short play Sister Mary Ignatius Explains it all for You (and providing for doubling by the same actors), this hilarious spoof details the plight of a stranger who is suddenly pushed on stage to replace an ailing actor.

Altar Boy Talks to God, An 2 (2m, 0f) View Details Compare
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Robert, a young man, talks in a friendly way about his days as an altar boy. He then recalls when his nephew got AIDS early in the epidemic and how fundamentalists claimed it was God's punishment. Robert decides to go to heaven and ask God about this. Once there, God seems mean and ornery indeed and professes to give AIDS to homosexuals, hemophiliacs and Haitians in a bizarrely unfocused rage. Leaving heaven, Robert feels that whom he met wasn't God but an impostor. Adapted from the "AIDS Speech" in LAUGHING WILD, and rewritten to be performed by 2 actors, out of context of that play.

     

Aunt Dan Meets the Madwoman of Challiot 3 (2m, 1f) View Details Compare
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Aunt Dan, the title character of Wallace Shawn's AUNT DAN AND LEMON, has a discussion with Giradoux' Madwoman of Chaillot. They discuss it all.

     

Betty's Summer Vacation Comedy/Satire 9 (5m, 4f) View Details Compare
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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, and sweet, withdrawn Keith who carries a shovel and a mysterious hatbox and just may be a serial killer. Then the emotionally anarchic landlady, Mrs. Siezmagraff, moves in too; and she invites a crazy derelict to dinner, and, well, the vacation becomes more and more of a strain for poor Betty. Not to mention there seems to be a laugh track coming from the ceiling that no one seems able to shut up. Death, destruction, mayhem—Betty finds it all in her seaside retreat.

"Incest, dismemberment, and a laugh track as a Greek chorus…theater, praise be, can still go where other forms of art cannot…an ecstatically angry new comedy…relentlessly fierce, relentlessly funny…" —NY Times. "This is a sweet night that has little to offend any but the thinnest skinned among us." —NY Newsday. "…the funniest new farce in years…the play lifts off from the ground of brilliantly naturalistic comedy into the stratosphere of zany satire…by far Durang's best." —NY Post.

Book of Leviticus Show Comedy/Satire 5 (2m, 3f) View Details Compare
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THE BOOK OF LEVITICUS SHOW. Lettie Lu is broadcasting her own public TV access show from a local motel. Based on Lettie Lu's belief in the Book of Leviticus, the show's interpretation of the story leads Lettie Lu to today's segment's activities of capturing and putting to death a homosexual and an adulteress. All in a day's devotion to God.

     

Business Lunch at the Russian Tea Room Comedy/Satire 6 (3m, 3f) View Details Compare
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Chris, a writer, has a business meeting at the Russian Tea Room with a new Hollywood hotshot, Melissa. At the Tea Room, Melissa pitches insane ideas to Chris who can't wait to just leave this meeting. Once home, he tries so hard to write up the idea of a priest and a rabbi who fall in love (and other complications) that they appear to him to help him through.

"If you need a break from serious drama, the place to go is Christopher Durang's silly, funny, over-the-top sketches, DURANG DURANG." —TheaterWeek. "With the help of Mr. Durang, the fine art of parody has returned to theater in a production you can sink teeth and mind into, while also laughing like an idiot. Parody of this comic verve is as much fun as the sort of marvelous party Noel Coward once sang about. I couldn't have enjoyed it more." —NY Times.

Canker Sores and Other Distractions 3 (1m, 2f) View Details Compare
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A man and a woman, previously married, try to reconcile over dinner, but a canker sore and a talkative waitress ruin everything.

     

Cardinal O'Connor 1 (1m, 0f) View Details Compare
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CARDINAL O'CONNOR comes to explain briefly why birth control is always always always wrong.

     

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