Rich and Famous

Rich and Famous

by John Guare
     
 

One of "the world's oldest living promising young playwrights," Bing Ringling is finally about to be produced�with play number 844. But, unfortunately, his lady producer, having had a series of successes, now yearns for a flop�so she can savor the sweet taste of failure and then make a comeback. Hoping to salvage his play, Bing tries to enlist the aid of his boyhood… See more details below

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One of "the world's oldest living promising young playwrights," Bing Ringling is finally about to be produced�with play number 844. But, unfortunately, his lady producer, having had a series of successes, now yearns for a flop�so she can savor the sweet taste of failure and then make a comeback. Hoping to salvage his play, Bing tries to enlist the aid of his boyhood friend Tybalt Dunleavy, now a Hollywood star, but he too is having something of an identity crisis. Bing's odyssey leads on to hilarious confrontations with his musical collaborator Anatol Torah (a wildly spaced-out composer); his oddball parents (who still cherish his dirty diapers); and his old girlfriend (now unhappily married and mired in the past). Thereafter the phantasmagoria continues until, in the end, and as Clive Barnes puts it: "Bing is at the still center of his own nightmare, wandering like Ulysses through the cavernous passages of his life and finally determining just what it costs to be rich and famous."

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Editorial Reviews

New Yorker
Mr. Guare is not only a sleight-of-hand artist but a sleight-of-ear artist, so his characters and the words they speak are full of merry surprises.
Newsweek
As pure comedy RICH AND FAMOUS is like a funhouse maze...the best morsels of American comedy served anywhere.
NY Times
Mr. Guare's wit is really delightful...But even better than his humor is his rich and unusual sense of fantasy.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822209492
Publisher:
Dramatists Play Service, Incorporated
Publication date:
10/01/1977

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