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.
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.