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The Wager

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Leeds, a brainy, tart-tongued graduate student, has bet his "super-jock" roommate, Ward (a Phys-Ed major), that Ward can seduce Honor, the wife of a young professor (Ron). But Leeds has also wagered that if Ward is successful, Ron will make an attempt on his life within forty-eight hours. Thereafter, as can be expected, the situation grows progressively more complex, with fun and fear brilliantly juxtaposed. In the resultant comic mix the acerbic Leeds does his best to manipulate circumstances to his own ...
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Overview

Leeds, a brainy, tart-tongued graduate student, has bet his "super-jock" roommate, Ward (a Phys-Ed major), that Ward can seduce Honor, the wife of a young professor (Ron). But Leeds has also wagered that if Ward is successful, Ron will make an attempt on his life within forty-eight hours. Thereafter, as can be expected, the situation grows progressively more complex, with fun and fear brilliantly juxtaposed. In the resultant comic mix the acerbic Leeds does his best to manipulate circumstances to his own advantage, while narcissistic Ward, bored Honor and bumbling Ron all fall victim to his stratagems. In the end, the result is not tragedy but pure, bubbling comedy, laced with wit and filled with revealing insights into the natures of our four singular and attractive principals.
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Editorial Reviews

NY Times
...a dexterous and extraordinarily witty playwright. His quartet of academics is beautifully drawn with a knowing and loving hand.
Time
This is a pinwheel of a comedy, shooting off sparks of wit, menace and surprise at a fast clip.
Village Voice
...a scornful, crisply funny comedy-drama...carefully, cannily shaped to control your attention, to keep you in suspense.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822212140
  • Publisher: Dramatists Play Service, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/1/1975

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