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After Ashley Comedy/Satire 6 (4m, 2f) View Details Compare
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AFTER ASHLEY is a blisteringly funny and deeply affecting story about a teenage boy navigating the joys and terrors of life—all through the distorting prism of a media firestorm. When a family tragedy deals the Hammond family a dose of dubious celebrity, Justin finds himself paralyzed, unable to fully grieve or grow up. The only bright spot is a girl, only Justin can't decide if she's a saving angel or a self-interested groupie. In a world as weird as this one, she might just be both.

"Shrewd, dark comedy…absorbing and wholly unpredictable…AFTER ASHLEY is a work that virtually any audience would find accessible." —NY Times. "Sick, ugly, and brilliantly funny…and wise. In Gionfriddo's plays, as in all great plays, no one is wrong, everyone is right." —Brooklyn Rail. "Write down the name Gina Gionfriddo. Deft characterization, caustic humor, and well-deployed nips at the American slack moral conscience make AFTER ASHLEY, Ms. Gionfriddo's acidic puree of modern culture at The Vineyard, one of the necessary shows to see this year…a play for the decade." —NY Sun. "…[a] smart, satirical drama…the play's razor-sharp observations, biting humor, droll dialogue and erudite pop-culture literacy provide much to appreciate and enjoy." —Variety. "…a play that makes you ravenous for more…captivatingly assured, the work of a writer with a keen ear for the language of pop culture and a lacerating ability to con-vey the emotions roiling underneath words…" —The Miami Herald. "…everything works…compelling drama about loss, grief and morality in the media spotlight is richly embroidered with comedy." —Sun-Sentinel.

Becky Shaw Comedy/Satire 5 (2m, 3f) View Details Compare
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In Gina Gionfriddo's BECKY SHAW, a newlywed couple fixes up two romantically challenged friends: wife's best friend, meet husband's sexy and strange new co-worker. When an evening calculated to bring happiness takes a dark turn, crisis and comedy ensue in this wickedly funny play that asks what we owe the people we love and the strangers who land on our doorstep.

"Gina Gionfriddo's comedy of bad manners, a tangled tale of love, sex and ethics among a quartet of men and women in their thirties, is as engrossing as it is ferociously funny, like a big box of fireworks fizzing and crackling across the stage from its first moments to its last…deftly plotted, scabrous and sharp-witted…One of the great pleasures of BECKY SHAW is the way the moral ground keeps shifting underneath your feet." —NY Times. "The characters in Gionfriddo’s blind-date-gone-bad black comedy share the potential to revolt … They’re also subversively funny — and improbably charming. Grade: A." —Entertainment Weekly. "…scathing, class-conscious comedy…BECKY SHAW exerts a hypnotic pull, thanks in large part to the wonderfully witty dialogue and complex characterizations." —NY Post. "Blithely cynical and devastatingly funny…witty observations on the emotional damage inflicted by neurotic people in the name of love…Gionfriddo is some kind of genius." —Variety. "The perfect nourishment for theatergoers starved for a dramatic conflagration or two…Gionfriddo's creations talk with rat-tat-tat ferocity…the laughs flow freely." —Associated Press. 

U.S. Drag Drama 8 (4m, 4f) View Details Compare
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Two young women in Manhattan seek love and happiness, but they'll settle for rent money. Along the way, they volunteer for a community advocacy group called SAFE ("Stay Away From Ed") named for an elusive serial attacker terrorizing the city. (There's a hefty reward for his capture…) Their new circle of "friends" includes their ruthless, socially stunted roommate; the celebrated author of a fictional memoir; a lonely man who feels a kinship with crime victims; and a mousy "Ed survivor," reveling in her fifteen minutes of dubious fame. Everybody is looking for salvation in the arms of another in a group where no one has very much to give. And who is this "Ed" anyway? No one's ever seen his face, and everyone onstage is beginning to act eerily "Ed-like"…

Winner of the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize

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