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Carnival Round The Central Figure - Full Length Play, Comedy

Carnival Round The Central Figure

Diana Amsterdam

Full Length Play, Comedy

6m, 5f

ISBN: 9780881455045

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“CARNIVAL ROUND THE CENTRAL FIGURE is steeped in the absurd—the man’s face is caked with white makeup, and a menacing nurse sits nearby, holding a needle about three feet long. Yet like much in this clever and confounding meditation on dying, what is unusual can also be affecting. CARNIVAL is a funny and beguiling 100 minutes, aimed at those eager for an experimental look into its themes. In the end the play merely reminds us of the obvious: we’re all destined to die. Yet it’s a message that bears repeating. Such great truths are too often ignored, and are best told with a nervous laugh.” - The New York Times “Comedies don't come much darker than Diana Amsterdam's CARNIVAL ROUND THE CENTRAL FIGURE, a hard-core but justified lampooning of the strange etiquette we adhere to when watching loved ones pass away. Amsterdam's relentless script makes a glib burlesque out of the oblique religious platitudes, idle chitchat, and straight-up dishonesty we typically inflict upon the dying.” - Backstage “CARNIVAL ROUND THE CENTRAL FIGURE will certainly strike a powerful chord..." -New York Post


6m, 5f

Diana Amsterdam

Diana Amsterdam

Diana Amsterdam is a New York based playwright whose work is published by Samuel French, Playscripts, Broadway Play Publishing, St. Martins Press, and Smith and Kraus, and produced all over the world, with translations in five languages. The 2011 production of her play Carnival Round the Central Figure, directed by Karen Kohlhaas at the IRT Theatre, garnered a great review in The New York Times, ... view full profile

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