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Beyond Therapy - Full Length Play, Comedy

Beyond Therapy

Christopher Durang

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Full Length Play, Comedy

4m, 2f

ISBN: 9780573605741

"Offers the best therapy of all: guaranteed laughter." - Time

"Filled with off beat laugh lines, wry observations on the contemporary urban psyche and situations that range from farcical to absurd." -Women's Wear Daily

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Description

Full Length Play

Comedy

Bruce and Prudence are deeply into therapy. Prudence's macho therapist is urging her to be more assertive while Bruce's wacky female therapist wants him to meet women by placing a personal ad. She does not fully comprehend that Bruce has a male lover who is not pleased by Bruce's desire to date a woman: Prudence. Bruce doesn't know how to handle poor nervous Prudence and Prudence doesn't know what to make of her unpredictable new boyfriend. They do learn to live beyond therapy in this delightful Off Broadway hit that moved successfully to Broadway.
"Offers the best therapy of all: guaranteed laughter." - Time

"Filled with off beat laugh lines, wry observations on the contemporary urban psyche and situations that range from farcical to absurd." -Women's Wear Daily

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4m, 2f

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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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Lavinia Roberts 4/30/2013 5:34 PM
Beyond Therapy by Christopher Durang is very well rendered black comedy.  The characters are absurd, yet are very true to the world of the play.  The action and circumstances are very heightened.  The dialogue is humorous and attention keeping.  The work is incredibly satirical, examining psychology, dating, and relationships.  A strong choice for a professional theatre, hip community theatre, or as part of university’s season.
Catherine Weingarten 4/18/2013 10:12 AM
“Beyond Therapy” is a hilarious read and it is clear to see why it is one of Durang’s most commercially successful works.   Bruce and Prudence really should not be a couple, but for some reason you end up rooting for them.  Their dual therapeutic experiences are both complete disasters which brings up Durang’s constant idea that the things we depend on such as parents, religion or therapy; are not always as reliable as one would think.  In the play, Bruce and Prudence meet online and then decide to meet in person.  Their many dates are so awkward, you almost feel like there should be an obnoxious MTV film crew behind them waiting for them to say something awful.  The sitcom style nature of the piece unfolds in a crazy unexpected way and by the end, you start questioning if dating is even possible. Mr.Durang is a social satirist like no other and this play is no exception.   This play is perfect for late night theater as well as goofy acting class scenes that will help actors loosen up.  My only problem with the piece is Prudence's therapy scenes are much funnier than Bruce's.  

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