Boys' Lifeby Howard Korder
Pub. Date: 10/01/1988
Publisher: Dramatists Play Service, Incorporated
Told in a series of fast-paced, sharply etched scenes, the play traces the misadventures of three former college buddies now seeking to make their way in the big city�and with various women of their acquaintance. There is the cynical Jack, who is already married and a father, but is not above pursuing daytime adulteries while babysitting in the park; the innocent, vulnerable Phil, who grows weary of not being taken seriously and concludes that being unhappy is the way things are supposed to be; and the handsome, amoral Don, who risks a solid relationship with his girlfriend by sleeping with another, simply to see if he "could get away with it." Moving along briskly, with its mood of satirical humor brilliantly sustained, the play dissects and anatomizes the male narcissism�and protracted adolescence�which characterizes its protagonists and, in the end, makes it hilariously clear that it is actually the women who possess the qualities of "manhood" and maturity which their deluded lovers so desperately lay claim to.
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I really enjoyed Boy's Life because the main character, Cory, is my age in the story (so right off the bat I can relate myself to his life) I also liked how the story isn't predicatable and that's interesting to me because it made me want to read more and kept me on the edge of my seat.