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An American Daughter - Full Length Play

An American Daughter

Wendy Wasserstein

Full Length Play

8m, 6f

ISBN: 9780822216339

Set in Washington, D.C., AN AMERICAN DAUGHTER focuses on Dr. Lyssa Den…

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"Wendy Wasserstein, the author of The Sisters Rosensweig and The Heidi Chronicles [is] one of the few American playwrights since S.N. Behrman to create commercial comedies of manners with moral and social heft." —NY Times "[we] can rejoice…in watching [Wasserstein] become her own bright, eloquent and great-hearted version of George Bernard Shaw. Wasserstein is at least as funny and observant as ever in this smart-talking living-room family play about the nomination of a female U.S. surgeon general. But the playwright is also electrifyingly reconnected to the bizarre, infuriating and defining contemporary forces beyond personal psychology. She has not merely returned to the broader political concerns of her cherished 1988 Pulitzer Prize-winning The Heidi Chronicles, she has returned with a vengeance, and with her craft honed tough for the task…Wasserstein is beautiful when she's angry…we must not forget to remind you that the play is also enormously moving, with richly written characters…" —NY Newsday. "With AN AMERICAN DAUGHTER, Wendy Wasserstein gets angry. Or rather, the anger that's always slept beneath her humor wakes up and announces itself…with the playwright's commitment and compassion (and another "c" —craft) that, put together, make for her most ambitious work to date." —Variety. "Political comedies are unusual if only because dramatists rarely seem to take politics seriously enough to make fun of it. Wendy Wasserstein is obviously an exception, for in AN AMERICAN DAUGHTER she is making a distinct and often amusing attempt to expose that soft underbelly of American political life, its media awareness and its consequent confusion of public opinion polls with democracy." —NY Post.


8m, 6f


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