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Gun-Shy - Full Length Play, Comedy


Richard Dresser

Full Length Play, Comedy

3m, 2f

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Remember your first marriage? It's back. Gun-Shy is a no-holds-barred comedy about marriage, divorce, infidelity, infertility, incompatibility, eternal love, household accidents, and diets no one should try. New York Magazine calls Gun-Shy "a Private Lives for our time." Evie and Duncan have divorced after 15 years. Evie is having a wild, tumultuous affair with an aggressively insecure coffee salesman named Carter. Duncan finds himself with Caitlin, a young, extremely, weight-conscious gun-control lobbyist. "The foursome, all beyond therapy, eventually become snowbound in a New England cabin where they attempt to unravel the maze of their mismatched couplings. Acerbic barbs accumulate with the density of the ongoing blizzard" (Variety). When the dust clears, Evie and Duncan's divorce is in shambles and true love endures. Variety wrote: "Gun-Shy, Dresser's edgy comedy about a divorced couple whose separation proves as unsuccessful as their marriage, features the playwright's wonderfully barbed dialogue and characters whose quirks never stay into cartoon-land… Dresser's one-liners hit the comic mark." Gun-Shy premiered at the Actors Theatre of Louisville and ran at Playwrights Horizons in New York. Flexible set. Two acts.
"a Private Lives for our time" —New York Magazine "Gun-Shy...grabs you from the moment the lights go up and never lets go." —The Miami Herald "stiletto-sharp dialogue" —The New York Times "out-and-out funny" —Variety


3m, 2f

Richard Dresser

Richard Dresser

Richard Dresser's plays include Below the Belt and Gun-Shy, both of which moved from Actors Theatre of Louisville Off-Broadway and on to regional productions. Other Actors Theatre of Louisville plays include What Are You Afraid Of?, set in the front seat of a car, Alone at the Beach and Wonderful World. Rounding Third appeared Off-Broadway and has had many regional productions. His trilogy of ... view full profile

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