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Generous

Generous

Michael Healey

ISBN: 9781897289235

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What happens when someone is overwhelmed by a desire to help? Does it matter if people only do good in order to feel good? One of Canada's finest playwrights tackles tricky questions in "Generous"--four short interconnected plays that explore the complications and moral ambiguity created by the altruistic impulse. By turns hilarious, shocking, moving, and politically&#ndash;charged, Healey's intertwined plots and characters create a theatrical piece that is both thought&#ndash;provoking and powerfully entertaining. Act One of each of the plays happens before intermission; the resolutions and revelations--take place afterward. In "PMO," a minority government teeters on the brink of falling when an MP appears, soaked in blood. In "The Death of the Alberta Report," a cut&#ndash;throat oil executive tells the truth to a reporter, and then seduces him. "One&#ndash;Party Rule" begins with an excruciating post&#ndash;coital chat between an aging judge and a loquacious young law clerk. And "Lily" kicks off with a spectacular battle over a bucket of Kentucky Fried Chicken. Each play contains a generous deed. And in the second half, the surprising consequences of those four seemingly unrelated acts of generosity will take your breath away.

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