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Four of Us, The - Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy

Four of Us, The

Itamar Moses

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Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy

2m

ISBN: 9780573696497

What if all your dreams came true...for your best friend? Two writers and best friends chart their relationship after only one of them finds their desired success.


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Minimum Fee: $75 per performance


Description

Full Length Play

Dramatic Comedy

90 minutes

Time Period - Contemporary

Settings Of Play - Several locations over the course of the friends' lives.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

No intermission

Interior Set, Unit Set/Multiple Settings

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

CAUTIONS

Drugs, Strong Language, Mild Adult Themes, Smoking

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult, Senior, Teen (Age 14 - 18)

PERFORMANCE GROUP

College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre

RECOGNITION / AWARDS

From Off-Broadway

Winner! Outstanding New Play at 2008 San Diego Critics Circle Awards

The Four of Us follows Ben, whose first novel vaults him into literary stardom, and his friend David, a struggling playwright, who is thrilled by Ben's success...and crushed by it. From the dreams of aspiring youth to the realities of adulthood, this poignant two-man comedy explores friendship and memory, the gap between our hopes and our lives, and the struggles between our egos and our capacity to love.


REVIEWS

"Four stars. An extremely clever and enjoyable study of friendship...funny, touching, and wickedly smart." - Time Out New York, Read More

"A clever comic drama with a nifty twist...a touching, appealing play." - The New York Times, Read More

"Structural acrobat Itamar Moses has turned his gifts in on themselves. A sincere and mature depiction of a friendship." - Variety, Read More

"A smart, sharply observed, and exceptionally enjoyable affair. 90 minutes of humor and painful truths that really zip along." - Chicago Tribune, Read More

"Clever and smart, and suggests that Moses will be displaying a big range as his career unfolds." - San Diego Union-Tribune, Read More 


Check out These photos from Theatre Wit's production of The Four of Us in November 2010.


RELATED ARTICLES ON BREAKING CHARACTER 

THE FOUR OF US: The Price of Someone Else's Success 
by Gianfranco Lentini
November 6, 2015


The Four of Us was first presented by the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego, CA, in 2007. The play was subsequently presented Off Broadway by the Manhattan Theatre Club in New York City in 2008. Both productions were directed by Pam MacKinnon.

Characters

CASTING

2m

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

All Male, Non-Traditional casting

CASTING NOTES

Characters appear between the ages of seventeen and twenty-seven, although not in that order.

CHORUS SIZE

N/A (Not a musical)

DAVID - an aspiring playwright.
BENJAMIN - a newly successful novelist.

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MUSICAL STYLE

N/A (Not a musical)

VOCAL DEMANDS

N/A (Not a musical)

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Author
Itamar Moses

Itamar Moses

Itamar Moses is the author of the full-length plays Outrage, Bach at Leipzig, Celebrity Row, The Four of Us, Yellowjackets, Back Back Back, and Completeness, the musicals Nobody Loves You (with Gaby Alter), and Fortress of Solitude (with Michael Friedman), and the evening of short plays Love/Stories (or But You Will Get Used to It). His work has appeared Off-Broadway and elsewhere in New York, at ... view full profile

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Jess Honovich 4/19/2013 6:11 PM
Itamar Moses, master of the meta-theatrical, continues to crease the conventions of playwriting with his piece, The Four of Us.

Ben and David, long-time best friends, balance and measure each other’s creative success. When the play begins, Ben is sitting on an impressive book deal while David, a playwright, strives to get his work recognized. It isn’t long, however, until the tables turn. Through nonlinear storytelling and flashback, the audience is given insight into the parallel lives of the friends- where they began, together, and where they’ve gone since. This play begs the question...how do we accept the success of a friend while struggling with the sting of jealousy?

Moses plays with style, creating a surprising and brilliant embrace between the characters and the form of the piece. His examination of the competitive nature of the relationship between artist-friends is a compelling one, and when the characters are forced to watch the play-within-the-play themselves, we see them finally face their shadows and deepest insecurities.

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