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The World of Extreme Happiness - Full Length Play, Drama

The World of Extreme Happiness

Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig

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Full Length Play, Drama

ISBN: 9780822235514

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: DPS Acting Edition

Full Length Play


“Some playwrights have a gift to amuse; Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig has a darker gift. Anyone with romantic notions of Chinese culture will be unsettled by [her] jagged, unsentimental portrait of modern urban China…Cowhig shows us the dysfunctional world as is, in all its stupidity and brutality…Cowhig has written a play to open our eyes, to unsettle.” —Chicago Reader. “…roar[s] with anger…the final three scenes slam into place like heavy doors, turning the funny, brutal show into something red with real fury.” —Time Out (New York). “…fearless, zippily-paced, and satirical, shining a light on Chinese society’s necessary doublethink, be that willful blindness to the political past, or an equally blind belief in an impossibly brilliant future.” —The Independent (London). “The beauty of Cowhig’s play is that it offers a window on a hidden world. The play has an epic scope—charting the effects of the Cultural Revolution, the 1989 crushing of the pro-democracy movement, and the cultural shift that has seen China’s urban population grow by 400 million in the last 30 years—but it tells history through the lives of those looking for a better life.” —The Guardian (UK).
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