The Big Funk: A Casual Play

Overview

A series of self-revelations opens the book of life on the characters, drawing their view of life. From here we watch them interact: Omar throws knives for a living and muses about the state of the world. His understanding wife, Fifi, suddenly pregnant with twins, acts as a rudder for him, and often for his friend, Austin, an out of work actor, who believes the world would be a better place if everyone would do something, even one small act of kindness. He follows his own advice when he comes upon Jill, a young ...
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Overview

A series of self-revelations opens the book of life on the characters, drawing their view of life. From here we watch them interact: Omar throws knives for a living and muses about the state of the world. His understanding wife, Fifi, suddenly pregnant with twins, acts as a rudder for him, and often for his friend, Austin, an out of work actor, who believes the world would be a better place if everyone would do something, even one small act of kindness. He follows his own advice when he comes upon Jill, a young woman sitting in a bar, covered with grease. Jill had been attracted to Gregory, but on their first date, he berates her and covers her with petroleum jelly. When Austin finds her, he must break through her distrust of strangers and persuade her to let him clean her as an act of mercy. He succeeds and gives her a wonderful bubble bath, the cleansing becoming a metaphor for the play: that the big funk engulfing society will dissipate only if everyone will join in the purification process. A dinner party later reveals the zany and deep way in which the characters try to make things better, despite their obstacles and even their triumphs. The play's theme is summed up by Austin, addressing the world in a very unique way, asking us all to chose love and life over neurosis and death.
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Editorial Reviews

NY Post
Shanley—as we recall from his plays and his screenplay for —can write beautifully crafted scenes, exquisite in the pride of their truth. And he does here.
NY Times
THE BIG FUNK takes all sorts of changes in technique, drawing on classical theatre for its set, costumes and use of choral address while simultaneously mining absurdism for its bizarre, funny plot twists and Pirandellian shufflings of on-and-off-stage realities.
USA Today
...a uniquely funny, provocative evening of theatre.
Variety
...Shanley is a gifted humorist.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822201144
  • Publisher: Dramatists Play Service, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/1/1991
  • Pages: 53
  • Sales rank: 991,778

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