Brooklyn Boy

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“A terrific production . . . American playwright Donald Margulies’ self-reflective, dream reverie comedy drama Brooklyn Boy is tough, insightful, bittersweet, funny and ultimately wise.”—The Hollywood Reporter

“Those who know Margulies’ plays will find his familiar themes here: the inevitable transformations wrought by aging, the complex hands linking parents and children, the uneasy dance between commercial and artistic success. The story ...

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Overview

“A terrific production . . . American playwright Donald Margulies’ self-reflective, dream reverie comedy drama Brooklyn Boy is tough, insightful, bittersweet, funny and ultimately wise.”—The Hollywood Reporter

“Those who know Margulies’ plays will find his familiar themes here: the inevitable transformations wrought by aging, the complex hands linking parents and children, the uneasy dance between commercial and artistic success. The story unfolds with an uncanny resonance that distinguishes all great theatre.”—Orange County Register

This new play by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Dinner with Friends is slated for a Broadway run in January 2005. Brooklyn Boy follows the career of Eric Weiss, a writer whose novel hits the bestseller list the same time his life begins to unravel. His wife is out the door, his father is in the hospital and his childhood friend thinks he has sold himself to the devil. A funny and emotionally rich look at family, friends and fame.

Donald Margulies received the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for Dinner with Friends. The play received numerous awards, including the American Theatre Critics Association New Play Award, the Dramatists Guild/Hull-Warriner Award, the Lucille Lortel Award, the Outer Critics Circle Award and a Drama Desk nomination, and has been produced all over the United States and around the world. In addition to his adaptation of God of Vengeance, his many plays include Collected Stories, Sight Unseen, The Model Apartment, The Loman Family Picnic, What’s Wrong with This Picture? and Two Days. Mr. Margulies currently lives with his wife and their son in New Haven, Connecticut, where he teaches playwriting at Yale University.

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Editorial Reviews

L.A. Times
Margulies' remarkable gift of building characterization through realistic dialogue is undiminished. Full of aching ruefulness that underlies the comedy, BROOKLYN BOY's scenes are written with precision and humor. The play isn't about Brooklyn, nor is it about a boy—it's about a man without a home.
San Diego Union-Tribune
BROOKLYN BOY is the funniest and one of Margulies' most moving plays. This comedy delivers the kind of humane pleasures that brought audiences from all over New York City to Broadway during the post–World War II era. For those who have watched Margulies develop...BROOKLYN BOY offers the subtler pleasure of watching a master deftly weave so many lifelong themes into this comedy-drama's colorful fabric.
Variety
The rewards of success and fame are weighed with poignant complexity in Donald Margulies' midlife reflection, which traces a suddenly celebrated writer's unwitting struggle to reconnect with his past...[BROOKLYN BOY] is illuminated by sensitivity and humor, by sparkling naturalistic dialogue and by the grace with which it extends a deeply personal story into a universal realm.
Orange County Register
BROOKLYN BOY is a superbly crafted new play. The story unfolds with an uncanny resonance that distinguishes all great theatre, reminding us that nobody's journey through life can be made without some bad decisions, wrong directions or regrets.
Hollywood Reporter
A self-reflective dream reverie, BROOKLYN BOY is tough, insightful, bittersweet, funny and wise.
NY Times
Mr. Margulies' most personally heartfelt work...reminds us of how rewarding a writer [he] can be...
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781559362528
  • Publisher: Theatre Communications Group
  • Publication date: 4/1/2005
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 979,026
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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Donald Margulies's other plays include "Collected Stories", "The Loman Family Picnic", "Sight Unseen" and "Dinner with Friends", for which he was awarded the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
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