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The Country Club - Full Length Play

The Country Club

Douglas Carter Beane

Full Length Play

3m, 4f

ISBN: 9780822217428

Soos, young, witty and charmingly neurotic, retreats from a failed mar…

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Soos, young, witty and charmingly neurotic, retreats from a failed marriage to her upper-class hometown. The type of WASP domain with the houses "that made Martha Stewart forget she was Polish." As party after party unfolds, the getaway weekend gives way to a year, and ultimately the rest of her life. Brittle conversation is bandied about, and Soos is reunited with her onetime boyfriend, the ever charming Zip. She also returns to her circles of old friends: the highly strung party planner Froggy; the wry and sarcastic Pooker; and the drunken good ol' boy Hutch. But cracks soon begin to show in the veneer. Zip falls in and out of an easy relationship with Soos. He starts an affair with Hutch's nouveau wife. Lives are casually destroyed, lives go on and through it all, tragedies are discussed without being mentioned. As Pooker observes between cocktail sips, "We all have our little stories and nobody brings them up. That's what's known as community spirit."
"Mr. Beane has the ear of both the natural dramatist and the inspired satirist, often bringing a transforming poetic sparkle to the conventions of WASP-speak…a dialogist of refreshing grace and bite…" —NY Times. "THE COUNTRY CLUB is Beane's best work, a Restoration comedy for today…" —NY Post. "In his newest comedy, THE COUNTRY CLUB, Beane takes aim at young WASPs and their social rituals—and in turning from bees to WASPs, he has lost none of his sting…bright and effervescent…" —NY Daily News.


3m, 4f

Douglas Carter Beane

Douglas Carter Beane

DOUGLAS CARTER BEANE has written the screenplays for To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar; Advice From a Caterpillar (Best Film, Aspen Comedy Festival, Best Feature, Toyota Comedy Festival) and Skinner's Eddy. His plays include As Bees In Honey Drown (Outer Critics Circle John Gassner Playwriting Award, Drama Desk Best Play Nomination); The Country Club (LA Times Critics' Choice & ... view full profile

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