Christopher Durang: Twenty-Seven Short Plays

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Award-winning playwright Christopher Durang has had plays on and off Broadway. The plays included in this volume are: "Mrs. Sorken," "For Whom the Southern Belle Tolls," "A Stye of the Eye," "Nina in the Morning," "Wanda's Visit," "Business Lunch at the Russian Tea Room," "The Book of Leviticus Show," "Naomi in the Living Room," "Woman Stand-up," "DMV Tyrant," "Funeral Parlor," "Canker Sores and Other Distractions," "The Hardy Boys and the Mystery of Where Babies Come From," "1 -900-Desperate," and "Women in a ...
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Overview

Award-winning playwright Christopher Durang has had plays on and off Broadway. The plays included in this volume are: "Mrs. Sorken," "For Whom the Southern Belle Tolls," "A Stye of the Eye," "Nina in the Morning," "Wanda's Visit," "Business Lunch at the Russian Tea Room," "The Book of Leviticus Show," "Naomi in the Living Room," "Woman Stand-up," "DMV Tyrant," "Funeral Parlor," "Canker Sores and Other Distractions," "The Hardy Boys and the Mystery of Where Babies Come From," "1 -900-Desperate," and "Women in a Playground."
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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Durang is probably best known for Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All for You, which ignited storms of protest and played to sold-out houses wherever it was produced in the early 1980s Durang uses his absurd humor to challenge the rigidity of some religious beliefs, as well as homophobia, methods of psychoanalysis, marriage, and parenthood. He also has great fun satirizing other playwrights in such pieces as Desire, Desire, Desire and For Whom the Southern Belle Tolls. His plays may offend some, but they are always thought-provoking and entertaining. Many of the plays in this collection have never been published before, making this a useful addition to modern drama collections. Recommended for most public and academic libraries.Howard E. Miller, Alliance Blue Cross Blue Shield Lib., St. Louis
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781880399897
  • Publisher: Smith & Kraus, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/28/1995
  • Series: Contemporary Playwrights Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 419
  • Sales rank: 290,455
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Christopher Durang had three plays in EST Marathons including For Whom The Southern Belle Tolls, Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You and Naomi in the Living Room. Other plays include Beyond Therapy, A History of American Film, and The Marriage of Bette and Boo. He performed with Julie Andrews in Sondheim's Putting It Together at Manhattan Theatre Club. He has acted in films including Housesitter, Butcher's Wife, and Mr. North. He is on the council of the Dramatists Guild.
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Table of Contents

One Minute Play
John and Mary Doe
Diversions
The Nature and Purpose of the Universe
Identity Crisis
Death Comes to Us All, Mary Agnes
Titanic
The Actor's Nightmares
Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You
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  • Posted April 10, 2010

    Read Plays, Not Just Novels

    In high school and college, a lot of students are required to read plays. Whether it's Shakespeare or "Our Town," for most people, its the last time they ever read drama, unless they pursue a career in theatre.

    Christopher Durang is proof that more people should consider picking up a play script and reading it, just as they'd read a novel, and the results are wildly entertaining --with emphasis on "wild."

    This collection includes some pieces that are rarely seen on stage, whether it's because they're too weird or too controversial, but are a hoot to read.

    Try reading them out loud with your friends for extra hilarity, especially "The Hardy Boys and the Mystery of Where Babies Come From" or "Naomi in the Living Room."

    Some of the plays are spoofs on old favorites, like "For Whom the Southern Belle Tolls," a twisted version of "The Glass Menagerie," but with a timid, ineffectual son who collects glass cocktail stirrers.

    "A Stye of the Eye" is a send-up of Sam Shepherd that will make you glad you ever read or saw anything by Shepherd.

    Buy it. Read it --to yourself or with friends. You'll never look at scripts the same way again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2007

    A reviewer

    A year ago, I wasn't familiar at all with Durang, but after being introduced to his work in an acting class, I can't get enough. 'The DMV Tyrant' is a personal favorite, after performing it in a school talent show, but all his pieces are laugh-out-loud funny. I would recommend this to performers, or anyone in need of a good laugh.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2003

    Holy Cow!

    Ok, the included play, 'The Hardy Boys and the Mystery of Where Babies Come From', is the single funniest thing I have ever read. I nearly peed in my pants from overwhelming laughter. I highly recommend this book to anybody and everybody.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2002

    Greatest Playwright Ever!

    Christopher Durang is truly funny. He uses real life situations, curiosity, and anger and keeps it humerous! He is ferociously funny, and gleefully disturbing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2002

    Durang, Durang, Durang + ed...Duranged & Loving it!!.

    As an actor who recently finished performing 'Funeral Parlor,' I have to say C. Durang is just brilliant. You can read a Durang piece, say to yourself, 'Now that guy is really messed up in the head.' Then you start rehearsing to 'perform this guy,' and you realize you're so much like him, that it puts you in therapy. That's good writing. That's utter genius....THAT'S Durang. [No, I really didn't go to therapy after performing 'The Funeral Parlor,' but it sure made me want to...ha ha ha!] Great Book!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2001

    Laugh

    Wow! Christopher Durang does it agasin! He's such a funny playwrite although I wouldn't recommend this book for children under 12! It has some language and deals with issues not usual to society! I highly recommend this if you are sad or depressed! It'll perk you right up!

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