The following excerpt is from his short play ‘dentity Crisis, a favorite at colleges, and EXCERPT FROM ‘dentity Crisis, by Christopher Durang. ‘dentity Crisis. Christopher Durang. Premiere: Yale Repertory Theatre, New Haven, Setting: A living room decorated by a fairly insane person. ‘Dentity Crisis Playwright, Christopher Durang wife) change characters again and become Jane herself—leaving her with no identity at all and pointing up.
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Christoper Durang – Longer One Act Plays – ‘dentity Crisis
He wrote his first play at age eight. That same year, he was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame.
It is arranged and dressed to great effect by Andrea Alguire for ‘Dentity Crisiscomplete with a marvelous ballet of stagehands setting the scene around a disoriented Jane in the first moments. While Durang’s use of parody and his criticism of many social institutions might appear overly cynical at times, he states:.
Durang has denounced the Robert Altman film adaptation of Beyond Therapycalling it “horrific. Nonetheless, those lines in the play do get a laugh, so there’s something.
His work was especially popular in the s, though his career seemed to get a second wind in the late s. I got into Juilliard”. Retrieved November 19, The pieces, which share the theme of identity, make for crisjs interesting, if uneven, evening.
Back to Search Results. This piece, written when the Pulitzer Prize winner was duragn sophomore in college, shows her propensity for mixing tragedy and comedy in strange proportions, and adding Southern charm along the way.
His plays have been performed nationwide, including on Broadway and Off-Broadway. This page was last edited on 31 Decemberat As Ashbe, Vanderhoof tries too hard to be peculiar and whimsical, often behaving more like a grade-schooler than a teenager.
The plays themselves are works by acclaimed playwrights Christopher Durang and Beth Henley, from when they were starting their writing careers. For the rest of the evening, the two desperately try to make a connection with one another since their attempts at connecting with family, friends and the opposite sex have failed.
He first came to prominence in his Off-Broadway satirical review Das Lusitania Songspielwhich he performed with friend and fellow Yale alum Sigourney Weaver. The set for both productions relies on large, gray, angled panels to create a variety of backdrops. Best known for Crimes of the Heartshe is often referred to as a Southern gothic writer, filling her scripts with eccentric, damaged characters with thick accents and dysfunctional families.
Later while he was attending Delbarton School in Morristown, he and a friend wrote two musicals, ‘Banned in Boston’ and ‘Businessman’s Holiday. While this character, John Polk Richards played affably by Adam Rowe-Johnsonquietly sips his vodka and Coke, he is accosted by a quintessentially quirky high-school girl debtity Ashbe Bridgett Vanderhoof. I think we’re all neurotic. Revelations detnity Ashbe and John’s desire to be understood seem inorganic, and their ultimate friendship seems forced.
More of a two-character play with a few extras than an ensemble piece, Blue is ultimately unsatisfying. Retrieved from ” https: Baaltries to return the house to “normal,” but we see only Jane’s apparent dentihy from reality played out on stage. Equally delightful are Gregory Brumfield and Andrea Kleiner as the gender-switching couple who use various fruits to compensate for the body parts they are missing.
The New York Times. Views Read Edit View history. Retrieved September 6, crsiis Durang appeared as himself on the October 11, episode of Saturday Night Livehosted by his longtime friend Sigourney Weaver. Overall, this is an engaging evening and a chance to see lesser-known plays from well-known playwrights.
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Of course the joke is on the audience in the end as Jane returns to her true identity. Her mother claims to have invented cheese, her psychologist and his wife both undergo sex-change operations, and she can no longer tell her other family members apart. As Am I Blue? The second play of the evening, ‘Dentity Crisisis unmistakably the work of Christopher Durang.
The first curang on opening night was Henley’s Am I Blue? Interview — Christopher Durang”. His Catholic grammar school cancelled class one afternoon and put on his play.
And I do think relationships are certainly difficult. Cleverly staged fentity deftly executed, Daniel Millhouse’s transformations are a pleasure to watch as he portrays the randy son, stiff husband, doddering grandfather and dashing count. Bizarre, outrageous and very funny, it is the story of Jane, a young woman recovering from a nervous breakdown, played by a convincingly bewildered Kate Mann. Wikimedia Commons has media related to Christopher Durang.
Durang has performed as an actor for both stage and screen. Christopher Ferdinand Durang born January 2, is an American playwright known for works of outrageous and often absurd comedy. His work often deals critically with issues of child abuseRoman Catholic dogmaculture, and homosexuality.
He is a member of the Dramatists Guild Council.