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Posted April 10, 2010
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.
Posted June 9, 2007
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 4, 2003
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 20, 2002
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!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 30, 2001
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!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.