Betty's Summer Vacation

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Looking for a little rest and time by herself, Betty rents a summer share at the beach. But Betty's luck turns to delicious lunacy when this sensible Everywoman gets drawn into the chaotic world of some very unsavory housemates - her friend Trudy, who talks too much; the lewd, seminaked Buck, who tries to have sex with everyone; and Keith, a serial killer who hides in his room with a mysterious hatbox. With sand between her toes, walking a thin line between sanity and survival, poor Betty will leave her summer ...
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Overview

Looking for a little rest and time by herself, Betty rents a summer share at the beach. But Betty's luck turns to delicious lunacy when this sensible Everywoman gets drawn into the chaotic world of some very unsavory housemates - her friend Trudy, who talks too much; the lewd, seminaked Buck, who tries to have sex with everyone; and Keith, a serial killer who hides in his room with a mysterious hatbox. With sand between her toes, walking a thin line between sanity and survival, poor Betty will leave her summer vacation more terrorized than tan.
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Editorial Reviews

NY Times
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 Newsday
This is a sweet night that has little to offend any but the thinnest skinned among us.
NY Post
...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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822217664
  • Publisher: Dramatists Play Service, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/1/2000
  • Pages: 86
  • Sales rank: 977,721
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2003

    It rocks!

    I saw the production of this play once... twice... okay, seven times. I just love it! Durang is a wonderful playwright and if you have a sense of humor and enjoy reading/watching/performing plays, this is for you!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2003

    Great Play by a Great Playwrite

    I recently did a production of this play and it was one of the best shows that I have ever done. Christopher Durang knows how to take everyday events and make them funny but also does it in a way that we can learn something from it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2003

    I loved it, I wish I could be more like Buck

    I loved the play, the interaction between the character was great. It kept me intrigued all the way through. Buck was totally interesting as the sexually driven male character who had pics of his genitals and wanted to have sex with everyone. The plot twists were riveting. I recommend this to everyone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2001

    Strange and Disturbing---But Funny!

    This play is clearly the work of Christopher Durang. I have read and seen many Durang pieces and this fits in well with its wildly absurd, dark comedy that relies a lot on shock value. The protangonist, Betty, is the 'straight man' (not a particularly comic character) of the play, and does not expect to encounter all of the bizarre, sick people she is forced to live with. Taken literally, this play can be very disturbing, however, read with the understanding that it's meant to be absurd, it can be entertaining. I haven't seen it performed, but it was a quick, entertaining read.

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