- David Adjmi is the 2010 recipient of the Whiting Award for Drama
"SLASHINGLY FUNNY...Mr. Adjmi is certainly skilled at writing dialogue that both captures and softly lampoons the fluid eloquence and showy wit that perfumes the air at Manhattan restaurants and dining rooms."
- The New York Times, Read More
"An anxiety attack of a play... Adjmi is clearly a writer with a distinct voice, style and ambition. In 'The Evildoers' he attempts nothing less than a reality check for the post-Baby Boom generation as it hits middle age... The playwright tears down the facade that masks veneer upon veneer with stinging detail, idiosyncratic loopiness and shocking incident."
- Variety, Read More
"A culmination of the last four centuries of theater, playing with theatrical forms from Jacobean tragedy to drawing-room comedies, while adding its own very modern twists... You’ll need someone to stabilize you when you walk out of the theater shaking. But drag a friend, an enemy or a professor along for perhaps the most thought-provoking stage production you’ll encounter this year."
- Yale Daily News, Read More
" The Evildoers will open your eyes to a new level of depth perception in the study of human relationships. And you'll keep them open (maybe joined by a mouth) right to the final moment of the play. Filled with exquisite metaphor...a great theatre piece."
- Connecticut Critics' Circle, Read More
- Intense Adult Themes
- Minimum Fee: $75 per performance
- Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day, New Millennium/21st Century
- Duration: More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
- Setting: Carol and Jerry's apartment.
- Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes
CAROL THERNSTROM - Jerry’s wife. A wedding planner who is intensely cynical about marriage. She is quick-witted, fashionable, controlling, meticulous (i.e., compulsive), self-conscious, literate, and wears all this like a kind of breastplate, or armor. But deep down she knows something in her is dying, or has died; her conscience is bothering her. The discomfiture comes out as hostility. There’s something childlike and untouched in her that no one sees. A woman in her forties who takes care of herself, or a woman in her mid-thirties who is aging prematurely - either way, the lines are showing.
MARTIN GOLDSTROM - Jerry’s best friend from boarding school. An anesthesiologist. Has a warmth, a naifish sweetness and desire to learn. Intensely emotional, but tries to conceal this with varying degrees of success. Develops a deep, agonizing, insatiable spiritual longing throughout the course of the play, as well as a profound - and finally pathological - need to connect to people, to himself, to something authentic and rooted. Jerry’s age, maybe a year younger.
JUDY GOLDSTROM - The fragile, under-confident and somewhat neurotic wife of Martin. She works to conceal her obsessiveness and neuroses - she’s embarrassed by them; will admit to her “inappropriate” frailties out of both politeness and the need to exhibit “self-awareness.” Her respect for decorum is a default. Younger than Martin.
- Ensemble cast
- Non-Traditional casting