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Christopher Durang (1941–2024)

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Reared in Berkeley Heights, New Jersey, Christopher Durang spent his childhood acting out plays that he based on television and movie characters. His 12 years in repressive Roman Catholic schools as well as traumatic elements in his home life became the basis for the dark humor of his later plays. vis mere Known as one of America's angry young playwrights, Durang has focused his satirical wit on Hollywood's myth-making cinemas, the Catholic church, contemporary psychoanalytic practices, and the problems of individual and family identity. Although he has enjoyed only limited success on Broadway, he has become a major voice off-Broadway and in America's burgeoning regional and university theaters. Durang developed as a playwright during the early 1970s while working under Robert Brustein at the Yale Repertory Theatre. Much of his work during this period brought him little critical attention. However, in 1976 his satirical play, A History of the American Film, was read at the O'Neill National Playwrights Conference. The following year the play was premiered at the Hartford Stage Company, the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles, and the Arena Stage in Washington. By the close of the decade, the play had become a regional theatre favorite. Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All for You opened in 1979 at the Ensemble Studio Theatre in New York as a companion piece to works by David Mamet, Marsha Norman, and Tennessee Williams. The play begins with a simple catechism delivered by a seven-year-old student but soon turns into a deadly confrontation between the nun, Sister Mary Ignatius, and a number of her former students. The play, which is concerned with censorship, won the coveted Obie in 1980. The wildly humorous The Actor's Nightmare served as a curtain raiser for the controversial Sister Mary Ignatius when these two plays were presented in 1981 at off-Broadway's Playwrights Horizons. Beyond Therapy opened off-Broadway in 1981 and enjoyed a less successful run the following year on Broadway. This screwball comedy concerns two people who are seeking meaningful relationships but who are hampered by the efforts of their respective therapists. The story shows the patients sorting it out and learning to live beyond beyond therapy. As with other Durang plays, it has enjoyed strong regional support. The Marriage of Bette and Boo, first produced in 1973, was rewritten to open at the Public Theatre in 1985. A brilliant and satirical dissection of the modern American family, the play is Durang's most autobiographical work. Durang himself played the role of Matt, Bette and Boo's son, in the New York production. The play, which earned an Obie, enjoyed critical and popular success and has been viewed as an important breakthrough in Durang's career. (Bowker Author Biography) vis mindre


Værker af Christopher Durang

Christopher Durang explains it all for you : six plays (1983) 219 eksemplarer, 2 anmeldelser
Christopher Durang Volume I: 27 Short Plays (1995) 213 eksemplarer, 3 anmeldelser
Beyond Therapy (1983) 146 eksemplarer, 2 anmeldelser
The Marriage of Bette and Boo. (1985) 134 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (1601) 130 eksemplarer, 2 anmeldelser
Laughing Wild and Baby with the Bathwater: Two Plays (1989) 124 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
Betty's Summer Vacation (1999) 91 eksemplarer
Laughing Wild (1986) 71 eksemplarer
Baby with the Bathwater (1983) 70 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
Christopher Durang: Complete Full-Length Plays, 1975-1995 (1997) 58 eksemplarer, 2 anmeldelser
The Idiots Karamazov. (1980) 16 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
The Vietnamization of New Jersey (An American Tragedy). (1978) 14 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
Titanic (1983) 11 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
Miss Witherspoon (2005) 10 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All for You (1980) 7 eksemplarer, 2 anmeldelser
Turning Off the Morning News (2019) 6 eksemplarer
The Actor's Nightmare (1995) 5 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
Adrift in Macao (2009) 5 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
'dentity Crisis (1989) 4 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
Six Plays 1 eksemplar
Phyllis & Xenobia 1 eksemplar
DMV Tyrant 1 eksemplar
Mrs. Sorken 1 eksemplar
A Stye of the Eye 1 eksemplar
Nina in the Morning 1 eksemplar
Wanda's Visit 1 eksemplar
Woman Stand-up 1 eksemplar
Funeral Parlor 1 eksemplar
Diversions 1 eksemplar
1-900-Desperate 1 eksemplar
Medea 1 eksemplar
One Minute Play 1 eksemplar
John and Mary Doe 1 eksemplar
Identity Crisis 1 eksemplar

Associated Works

Take Ten: New 10-Minute Plays (1997) — Bidragyder — 169 eksemplarer, 2 anmeldelser
Telling Tales and Other New One-Act Plays (1993) — Bidragyder — 114 eksemplarer, 2 anmeldelser
Simply Irresistible [1999 film] (1999) — Actor — 79 eksemplarer
Laugh Lines: Short Comic Plays (2007) — Bidragyder — 62 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
Moving Parts: Monologues from Contemporary Plays (1992) — Bidragyder — 60 eksemplarer
Leading Women: Plays for Actresses 2 (2002) — Bidragyder — 55 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
Take Ten II: More Ten-Minute Plays (2003) — Bidragyder — 44 eksemplarer
The Best of Off-Broadway: Eight Contemporary Obie-Winning Plays (1980) — Bidragyder — 40 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
Shorter, Faster, Funnier: Comic Plays and Monologues (2011) — Bidragyder — 13 eksemplarer

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Beyond Therapy nao passa de um espantoso (no sentido de patético) esforço de farsa. Mas o único gag realmente engraçado reza que Bela Lugosi, aos 142 anos de idade, confirmou os rumores de que ele está atualmente morto-vivo e estrela uma produção off-off-Broadway da peça de Christopher Durang.
jgcorrea | 1 anden anmeldelse | Jul 4, 2024 |
Baby with the Bathwater is still funny and irreverent. I am not sure I really understood Laughing Wild as it felt dated or perhaps very personal to Durang. While I enjoyed it's comedy, it felt to far out of my field of experience. I was however, very fascinated by Durang's afterword and his philosophy.
caseybp | Nov 20, 2023 |
Not being an avid reader or attender of stage plays, I had never heard of Christopher Durang until five or six years ago, when I stumbled upon a cable-produced adaptation of his play "Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All for You." Irreverent humor lampooning religious belief systems is a favorite genre of mine, along with gun-wielding nuns, so I wasted no time in picking up this collection of short plays.

While Durang is basically a humorist, many of his plays involve the lampooning of other plays. This can be a detriment to a reader who, like me, is unable to pick out the subtle stabs at the set design and dialog patterns of other well known playwrites. But it is a minor stumbling block, and not a mjor obstacle to enjoy Durang's offbeat sense of humor.

If you aren't hip to the stage scene, but still enjoy humor with an edge, do what I did. Pick up this collection for "Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All for You", then peruse the rest with an open mind.
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smichaelwilson | 2 andre anmeldelser | Aug 25, 2021 |
Not a rewrite of the original Chekhov; instead, Durang takes names and ideas and applies them to modern day characters who are in some ways eerily similar to their Chekhovian namesakes. In a world that is moving ever faster, Vanya and Sonia are going nowhere, and are feeling the strain of a life passed by, while Masha lives life to the fullest. Their lives all come back together when Masha decides to drop in for a visit - and some bad news. Hilarious at times, but missing the boat at other key moments, it is still an interesting, well written play. In spite of that, I find myself taking it through the process of play development, and seeing all the things that would never pass muster in a script if Durang was not a "name". I suspect as a playwriting teacher, he would not let his students get away with some of the excess verbiage and exposition that makes this piece a bit too laden down to get a full four stars. Having seen it before I read it, I found that the voices in the play tended to mingle with the voices of the performers who had created the roles onstage. Is that good? Bad? I don't know. I think it can never be a bad thing in reading fiction to have the characters come to life for you.… (mere)
Devil_llama | 1 anden anmeldelse | Aug 6, 2017 |



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