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Suburbia: The Screenplay of the Film
     

Suburbia: The Screenplay of the Film

by Eric Bogosian, St Martins Pr
 

Suburbia is about a group of suburban twenty-year-olds who get together by a convenience store one autumn night to welcome an old pal returning from a successful national tour with his rock band. His arrival in a limousine replete with entourage precipitates an all-night whirlwind of drinking, sex, and violence. As the sun rises over the strip mall parking lot,

Overview

Suburbia is about a group of suburban twenty-year-olds who get together by a convenience store one autumn night to welcome an old pal returning from a successful national tour with his rock band. His arrival in a limousine replete with entourage precipitates an all-night whirlwind of drinking, sex, and violence. As the sun rises over the strip mall parking lot, tragedy and comedy have laced through these nine young lives and changed them forever.

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"Richard Linklater's fine new film subUrbia combines his talents with those of Eric Bogosian and brings out the best in both. Mr. Bogosian's venomously funny play, which he adapted himself for the screen, is given warmth and generosity by Mr. Linklater, whose elegantly fluid direction and great skill with actors are accentuated by the play's sparseness. Mr. Bogosian's knife-edged humor and hairpin turns at the end of the play keep the material from meandering and guarantee the film its sting. —Janet Maslin, The New York Times

"Pic's fascinations owe in large part to Bogosian's skill at drawing characters that are American archetypes yet quirkily distinct and idiomatic. His dialogue is rich and flavorful, avid at capturing the pungent nuances of slang and the precise verbal textures of a world that seems like a giant invitation to 'smoke a doob and hang out.' His writing also strikes a fine balance in showing both the hopelessness and the hopes of that world, and in conveying that damaged, culturally derelict humanity is still humanity." —Variety

NY Post
SUBURBIA...is among the best plays of the season...one of those rare must-sees...Bogosian's themes cover escape and re-invention, the American dream...and the American nightmare. This is ambitious stuff and the brave ending has an unexpected twist leaving the air suffused with tragedy. Yes, a must-see!
NY Daily News
Like the charismatic performer/writer himself...his SUBURBIA characters seethe with large caustic doses of humor, anger and angst...there's no denying Bogosian's crackling intelligence, his rejection of easy sentimentality, and the way he often does capture the cadences of alienation.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312166151
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
02/28/1997
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
106
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.28(h) x 0.31(d)

Meet the Author

Eric Bogosian is the author of two plays, Talk Radio and subUrbia, and six award-winning solos, including Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll and Pounding Nails in the Floor with My Forehead. He has appeared in a number of films, ranging from Under Siege II to Beavis and Butthead Do America. He is currently at work on a new play, Griller, in New York, where he lives with his wife and sons.

Richard Linklater is director of Slacker, Dazed and Confused, and Before Sunrise.

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