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Detroit - Full Length Play, Dark Comedy


Lisa D'Amour

Full Length Play, Dark Comedy

3m, 2f

ISBN: 9780822229186

In a first-ring suburb just outside a city that might be Detroit, Ben …

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Full Length Play

Dark Comedy


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In a first-ring suburb just outside a city that might be Detroit, Ben and Mary see sudden signs of life at the deserted house next door and invite their new neighbors Sharon and Kenny over for a barbecue. As the action unfolds we learn that Sharon and Kenny met at rehab, neither is employed, and they don't own a stick of furniture. The quintessential American back-yard party turns quickly turns into something more dangerous—and filled with potential.
"…sly, timely and neatly surprising…very much an of-the-moment American play…D'Amour perfectly captures a certain pervasive lifestyle of today: atomized, mediated, ersatz and culturally leveled…cascading, hilarious monologues and minutely calibrated chitchat." —Time Out NY. "A sharp X-ray of the embattled American psyche as well as a smart, tart critique of the country’s fraying social fabric, Ms. D'Amour’s dark comedy is as rich and addictively satisfying as a five-layer dip served up with a brimming bowl of tortilla chips." —NY Times. "…totally nails the great, deep malaise of middle-class suburbia, with a sustained energy and a wicked eye for telling details…funny as hell." —NY Post. "…a tense, terrific, funny new play." —NY Observer. "…savvy, frequently poetic, and ultimately bittersweet…" —TheaterMania.com.


3m, 2f

Lisa D'Amour

Lisa D'Amour

Lisa D'Amour is a playwright and interdisciplinary artist. With Katie Pearl, she is co-artistic director of PearlDamour, a company that makes collaborative, often site-specific performances. PearlDamour's work has been presented at PS122, HERE Arts Center and the Walker Arts Center and The Kitchen, among others. They received an OBIE award in 2003 for Nita & Zita, a collaboration with Katie ... view full profile

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