Consisting of nine related sketches, with each performer playing a variety of roles, the play highlights the trials and tribulations of growing up in modern America. The episodes range from a hilarious "secret society" ritual where two teenage boys initiate another (somewhat reluctant) boy into their select number, to a gently humorous examination of college students being very adult about things intellectual while fumbling a bit in their relations with the opposite sex; to a young bride panicked by the thought of actually going off to live with her new husband; to a marvelously perceptive study of young couples who periodically "freeze" in mid-conversation to tell the audience how secretly miserable they really are. Each scene is, in fact, a self-contained, complete playlet (perfect for scene work) but, taken together, they blend into a rich and dramatically vivid mosaic in which the whole is a great deal more than the sum of its parts.
A lively and very funny cycle of short playlets which deal with friendship and other perilous experiences of youth through young adulthood. Written by one of our theatre's most imaginative and original writers, the play was warmly received in its production by New York's famed Playwrights Horizons. "…enlivened by the gifted author's distinctly off-center comic voice." —NY Times. "O'Donnell has an ear for character and an eye for situation…" —NY Post. "…snap in the dialogue and exuberance in the acting…" —Village Voice. "O'Donnell, a new playwright on the rise, warrants major attention…" —NY Newsday.