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Sexual Perversity in Chicago - Short Play, Comedy

Sexual Perversity in Chicago

David Mamet

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Short Play, Comedy

2m, 2f

ISBN: 9780573600418

Winner! 1976 Obie Award for Best New American Play

"Mamet has the most acute ear for dialogue of any American writer since J.D. Salinger." - The Village Voice

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: Sexual Perversity in Chicago & The Duck Variations
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Winner! 1976 Obie Award for Best New American Play
The Obie award-winning Sexual Perversity in Chicago "takes funny and painful digs at the fantasies and distances of the contemporary sexual game," according to The New York Times. Two male office workers, Danny and Bernie, are on the make in the swinging singles scene of the early 1970s. Danny meets Deborah in a library, and soon they are lovers as well as roommates. The other couple, Bernie and Joan, seem to have the politics of sex down pat, but are as confused as their more naive counterparts. After much comic drama, the two men end as they started, talking a good game in the local bar.

"Mamet has the most acute ear for dialogue of any American writer since J.D. Salinger." - The Village Voice

"Marvelously observant [...] A glittering mosaic of tiny, deadly muzzle flashes from the war between men and women among the filing cabinets and singles bars." - The New York Times



2m, 2f

David Mamet

David Mamet

David Mamet is the author of the plays: Race, Keep Your Pantheon, School, November, Romance, Boston Marriage, Faustus, Oleanna, Glengarry Glen Ross (1984 Pulitzer Prize and New York Drama Critics Circle Award), American Buffalo, The Old Neighborhood, A Life in the Theatre, Speed-the-Plow, Edmond, Lakeboat, The Water Engine, The Woods, Sexual Perversity in Chicago, Reunion and The Cryptogram (1995 ... view full profile

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Dara Levendosky 4/21/2013 4:19 PM
"Sexual Perversity in Chicago" is an exploration of the beginning and the end of a relationship over the course of nine-weeks. Danny and Deborah, both late twenty-somethings, meet and have an immediate sexual attraction to one another, quickly landing them in Danny’s bed. After their initial meeting, they decide to date and eventually, Deborah and is telling her roommate, Joan that’s she’s moving out and in with Danny. Bernie, a charismatic misogynist and Danny’s boss and mentor, is uneasy of Danny’s bold decision to move in with Deborah so quickly.  Joan, an embittered woman who has been burned too many times in the past to come off as a pleasant human being, shares Bernie’s opinion. After the move, the couple begins to deteriorate to the correct prediction of their friends, ultimately ending in a nasty standoff that doesn’t seem to be reconcilable. Mamet’s peek into the gender and sexual politics between men and women is both fascinating at times, and disheartening. Danny and Bernie often talk about women in an objectifying way, while Joan and Deborah often sulk of being mistreated by men. Where as Mamet’s command of language make both these dismal outlooks appealing, the core of the argument still remains: men vs. women.  However accurate or inaccurate Mamet’s portrayal of either side is represented in "Chicago," his ability to deliver precise characters with amazing monologues and dialogue is unrivaled. It’s a very wild and entertaining take on the politics between men and women. Mamet is able to cultivate four very different characters that at bring the reader full circle, you like them, you hate them, but most effectively you can relate to them, even though you may not want to.

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