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Three Short Plays by Christopher Durang - Collection / Anthology

Three Short Plays by Christopher Durang

Christopher Durang

Collection / Anthology

ISBN: 9780822203414

THE NATURE AND PURPOSE OF THE UNIVERSE. Centers on a week in the belea…

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THE NATURE AND PURPOSE OF THE UNIVERSE. Centers on a week in the beleaguered life of Eleanor Mann, housewife and mother, who lives with her religious fanatic husband and three sons; the oldest a pimp and dope pusher; the middle son a flagrant homosexual; and the youngest the victim of a threshing machine accident which has deprived him of his manhood. The family becomes embroiled in a plot to assassinate the Pope, who is coming to New Jersey to bless the air, and with the help of a radical black nun succeeds in its purpose—with unexpectedly hilarious results. (2 men, 1 woman.) DEATH COMES TO US ALL MARY AGNES. The scene is a decaying mansion occupied by a family beset by all manner of problems: conceit, hatred, selfishness, incest and cruelty—all dealt with in an ironic, highly theatrical manner which offers rare acting opportunities for the performers involved. Throughout, and despite the horrors encountered, all exude a kind of bland innocence which, oddly enough, seems to excuse their otherwise inexcusable behavior—and underscores the biting irony of what takes place. (6 men, 6 women.) 'DENTITY CRISIS. Recovering from a nervous breakdown, Jane is nursed and nagged by her relentlessly cheerful mother, and confused by her oversexed brother—who keeps changing into her father, her grandfather and her mother's French lover. Eventually all (including Jane's psychiatrist, who undergoes a sex change operation and swaps places with his wife) change characters again and become Jane herself—leaving her with no identity at all and pointing up the near impossibility of self-identification in our uncertain times. (2 men, 3 women.)
Christopher Durang

Christopher Durang

Christopher Durang's plays include The Idiots Karamazov (coauthored with Albert Innaurato), A History of the American Film (Tony nom.), Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All for You (Obie Award), Beyond Therapy (off and on Broadway), Baby with the Bathwater, The Marriage of Bette and Boo (Obie's for playwriting, Jerry Zaks' directing, ensemble acting; Dramatists Guild Hull Warriner Award), Laughing ... view full profile

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