Some day, I swear, the explosive comic brilliance of Christopher Durang will erupt on Broadway. The only question is when. It didn't happen in , when this playwright's ''A History of the American Film'' capsized in a spectacularly ill-conceived production. And it didn't happen last night, when Mr.
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Set may be simply suggested. Bruce and Prudence are deeply into therapy. Prudence's macho therapist is urging her to be more assertive while Bruce's wacky female therapist wants him to meet women by placing a personal ad. She does not fully comprehend that Bruce has a male lover who is not pleased by Bruce's desire to date a woman: Prudence. I just have trouble identifying with characters whose total mode of operation hinges on self-involvement. Even for a farce, the characters are too one-dimensional and unrealistic.
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. 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 s while working under Robert Brustein at the Yale Repertory Theatre.
Much of his work during this period brought him little critical attention. By the close of the decade, the play had become a regional theatre favorite.
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 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 at off-Broadway's Playwrights Horizons.
Beyond Therapy opened off-Broadway in 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 , was rewritten to open at the Public Theatre in A brilliant and satirical dissection of the modern American family, the play is Durang's most autobiographical work.
The play, which earned an Obie, enjoyed critical and popular success and has been viewed as an important breakthrough in Durang's career. Beyond Therapy. Christopher Durang. Bruce doesn't know how to handle poor nervous Prudenc. Beyond Therapy Christopher Durang S.
COMEDY: DURANG'S 'BEYOND THERAPY'
Full Length Plays. Beyond Therapy. Cast was:. Prior to Broadway. The cast was:. The off-Broadway production was directed by Jerry Zaks, whom Durang went on to work with successfully several more times. The casts of both productions were delightful.
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Beyond Therapy is a play by Christopher Durang. This farcical comedy focuses on Prudence and Bruce, two Manhattanites who are seeking stable romantic relationships with the help of their psychiatrists, each of whom suggests their patient place a personal ad in the newspaper. Bruce is a highly emotional bisexual who tends to cry easily, a trait Prudence sees as a weakness. Their first meeting proves to be disastrous and the two report back to their respective therapists—libidinous Stuart, who once seduced Prudence, and eccentric Charlotte, who stumbles over the simplest of words, who references the play Equus as a good source of advice, and who interacts with her patients with the help of a stuffed Snoopy doll. Clearly the two therapists are more troubled than their patients.
Bruce and Prudence are deeply into therapy. Prudence's macho therapist is urging her to be more assertive while Bruce's wacky female therapist wants him to meet women by placing a personal ad. She does not fully comprehend that Bruce has a male lover who is not pleased by Bruce's desire to date a woman: Prudence. Bruce doesn't know how to handle poor nervous Prudence and P.