Although it seems to be treading on familiar ground, Dinner keeps changing its perspective to show how one couple’s breakup can have equally devastating effects on another’s stability. This is a smart and subtle play that understand there are no easy answers as people evolve and relationships settle into routine.
David kaufman, daily news"donald Margulies has drawn one of the most complex and convincing portraits of a marriage in recent memory. Debra jo immergut, the wall Street Journal"Dinner with Friends is entertainment as succulent as it is sobering. John simon, new york magazineDonald Margulies lives with his wife and son in New Haven, CT.
Dinner with Friends TCG Edition - . As with all of margulies’s work, he is a master of observing what might be considered the ordinary moments of life and its foibles with fresh ears. It is no surprise that his newest work is his most critically successful yet. He is the author of numerous plays, including Collected Stories and Sight Unseen.
Sweat TCG EditionTheatre Communications Group - Lynn nottage is the recipient of two Pulitzer Prize Awards for Drama for Sweat and Ruined. She offers a powerful critique of the American attitude toward class, and how it affects the decisions we make. Sweat has fraternity at its heart, but also the violence, and the suspicion that can result from class aspirations.
Hilton als, new yorker Lynn Nottage has written one of her most exquisitely devastating tragedies to date. Winner of the 2017 pulitzer prize for drama Nominee for 3 Tony Awards including Best Play “Lynn Nottage’s best work. Based on nottage’s extensive research and interviews with residents of Reading, Sweat is a topical reflection of the present and poignant outcome of America’s economic decline.
Sweat TCG Edition - . She is the first woman playwright to be honored twice. Her other plays include intimate apparel; by the way, Meet Vera Stark; Fabulation, or the Re-Education of Undine; Crumbs from the Table of Joy; and Las Meninas. In one of the poorest cities in america, reading, a group of down-and-out factory workers struggle to keep their present lives in balance, Pennsylvania, ignorant of the financial devastation looming in their near future.
Ruined TCG EditionTheatre Communications Group - Inspired by interviews she conducted in africa with Congo refugees, Nottage has crafted an engrossing and uncommonly human story with humor and song served alongside its postcolonial and feminist politics in the rich theatrical tradition of Bertolt Brecht’s Mother Courage. Lynn nottage’s plays include crumbs from the table of Joy, and Intimate Apparel, Fabulation, winner of the American Theatre Critics’ Steinberg New Play Award and the Francesca Primus Prize.
. Her plays have been widely produced, with Intimate Apparel receiving more productions than any other play in America during the 2005-2006 season. The establishment’s shrewd matriarch, as government soldiers and rebel forces alike choose from her inventory of women, keeps peace between customers from both sides of the civil war, Mama Nadi, many already “ruined” by rape and torture when they were pressed into prostitution.
Ruined TCG Edition - . Winner of the 2009 pulitzer Prize for Drama“A powerhouse drama. The kind of new play we desperately need: well-informed and unafraid of the world’s brutalities. Lynn nottage’s beautiful, hideous and unpretentiously important play is a shattering, intimate journey into faraway news reports. Linda winer, newsday“An intense and gripping new drama.
Nottage is one of our finest playwrights, a smart, empathetic and daring storyteller who tells a story an audience won’t expect.
Buried ChildVintage - A newly revised edition of an american classic, Sam Shepard’s Pulitzer Prize—winning Buried Child is as fierce and unforgettable as it was when it was first produced in 1978. A scene of madness greets vince and his girlfriend as they arrive at the squalid farmhouse of Vince’s hard-drinking grandparents, who seem to have no idea who he is.
Nor does his father, tilden, a hulking former All-American footballer, or his uncle, who has lost one of his legs to a chain saw. Only the memory of an unwanted child, buried in an undisclosed location, can hope to deliver this family from its sin.
Cost of Living TCG EditionTheatre Communications Group - John, a first-generation recent graduate who has fallen on desperate times, hires Jess, a brilliant PhD student with cerebral palsy, as his new aide. Immensely haunting… the first of many great things about Martyna Majok’s Cost of Living… is the way it slams the door on uplifting stereotypes… Ms.
Eddie, an unemployed truck driver, Ani, and his estranged ex-wife, find themselves unexpectedly reunited after a terrible accident leaves her quadriplegic. Majok has engineered her plot to lead naturally to moments of intense and complicated pungency… If you don’t find yourself in someone in Cost of Living, you’re not looking.
Cost of Living TCG Edition - Jesse green, new york timeswinner of the 2018 pulitzer prize for drama, nationality, race, and wealth can create gulfs between people, Cost of Living deftly challenges the typical perceptions of those living with disabilities and delves deep into the ways class, even as they long for the ability to connect.
Bug: A PlayNorthwestern University Press - Peter begins to rant about the war in iraq, cult suicides, UFOs, and then secret government experiment on soldiers, the Oklahoma City bombings, of which he believes he is a victim. Introduces her to peter, a handsome drifter who might be an AWOL Gulf War veteran. His delusions infect agnes and the tension mounts as mysterious strangers appear at their door, past events haunt them at every turn and they are attacked by real bugs.
They soon begin a relationship that takes place almost entirely within the increasingly claustrophobic confines of her motel room. Tracy letts's tale of love, paranoia, and government conspiracy is a thought-provoking psycho-thriller that mixes terror and laughter at a fever pitch. This dark comedy takes place in a seedy motel room outside Oklahoma City, a drug-addled cocktail waitress, where Agnes, is hiding from her ex-con ex-husband.
Bug: A Play - Her lesbian biker friend R. C.
Time Stands Still TCG EditionTheatre Communications Group - Ethical dilemmas arise like exploding mines. Variety“Mr. Photographer sarah was seriously injured while covering the war in Iraq; her reporter partner James had left weeks earlier, when the stress and horrors became too much for him. With this play—coming to broadway this winter—margulies revisits themes of being an artist, as characters ask: What does it mean to capture suffering on film, rather than stopping to intervene?Donald Margulies received the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for Dinner with Friends, which has been produced throughout the world.
. Margulies is a skilled practitioner of fluid dialogue that is naturally funny and sensibly smart. The new york timesin his “absorbing intelligent” los angeles times and timely new play, Donald Margulies uncovers the layers of a relationship between a photojournalist and foreign correspondent—once addicted to the adrenaline of documenting the atrocities of war, and now grounded in the couple’s Brooklyn loft.
Time Stands Still TCG Edition - Other plays include sight unseen OBIE Award, and Collected Stories, Brooklyn Boy, among many others. Now james writes online movie reviews while Sarah recovers, mourning for her Iraqi driver and former lover killed in the explosion, and itching to get back behind the camera. The play’s two hours fly by as if you’ve barely taken a breath.
Water by the Spoonful Revised TCG EditionTheatre Communications Group - Water by the spoonful is a heartfelt and poetic meditation on lives on the brink of redemption and self-discovery during a time of heightened uncertainty, “as startling and innovative and human on the page as on the stage” Junot Díaz, Pulitzer Prize-Winning author. Somewhere in philadelphia, Elliot has returned from Iraq and is struggling to find his place in the world.
Ms. Hudes’s cycle of three plays began with Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue Pulitzer Prize finalist and concludes with The Happiest Song Plays Last. Somewhere in a chat room, recovering addicts forge an unbreakable bond of support and love. Hudes writes with such empathy and vibrant humor about people helping one another to face down their demons that regeneration and renewal always seem to be just around the corner.
Water by the Spoonful Revised TCG Edition - Charles isherwood, new york times winner of the 2012 pulitzer prize for Drama, Water by the Spoonful is “a rich, brilliant montage of American urban life that is as dazzling to watch as it is difficult to look away from” Associated Press. Each of the play’s 15 short scenes is perfectly balanced, the language both lyrical and lucid.
Richard zoglin, time “for a drama peopled by characters who have traveled a long way in the dark, Water by the Spoonful gives off a shimmering, sustaining warmth. The boundaries of family and community are stretched across continents and cyberspace as birth families splinter and online families collide.
She now lives in New York with her husband and children. The play infects us with the urge to find connection within our families and communities and remains with us long after we’ve left the theater.
Reasons to Be Pretty: A PlayFarrar, Straus and Giroux - In reasons to be pretty, greg's tight-knit social circle is thrown into turmoil when his offhand remarks about a female coworker's pretty face and his own girlfriend Steph's lack thereof get back to Steph. But that's just the beginning. Greg's best buddy, and kent's wife, Kent, Carly, also enter into the picture, and the emotional equation becomes exponentially more complicated.
. As their relationships crumble, the four friends are forced to confront a sea of deceit, infidelity, and betrayed trust in their journey to answer that oh-so-American question: How much is pretty worth? Neil LaBute's bristling new comic drama puts the final ferocious cap on a trilogy of plays that began with The Shape of Things and Fat Pig.
Reasons to Be Pretty: A Play - America's obsession with physical beauty is confronted headlong in this brutal and exhilarating work.
How I Learned to Drive Stand-Alone TCG EditionTheatre Communications Group - Known for its dark subject matter, the play examines the effects of child abuse on identity and the discovery of strength through trauma. Newly published as a stand-alone edition, the obie and drama desk Awards for Outstanding Play, Vogel’s widely celebrated masterpiece How I Learned to Drive was the winner of the 1998 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and other honors.
Wit: A PlayFarrar, Straus and Giroux - It's about compassion, but it shows insensitivity. In wit, professionally, or intellectually? how does language figure into our lives? can science and art help us conquer death, or our fear of it? What will seem most important to each of us about life as that life comes to an end?The immediacy of the presentation, Edson delves into timeless questions with no final answers: How should we live our lives knowing that we will die? Is the way we live our lives and interact with others more important than what we achieve materially, make this sophisticated, and the clarity and elegance of Edson's writing, multilayered play accessible to almost any interested reader.
As the play begins, vivian bearing, a renowned professor of English who hasspent years studying and teaching the intricate, difficult Holy Sonnets of theseventeenth-century poet John Donne, is diagnosed with advanced ovarian cancer. But as her disease and its excruciatingly painful treatment inexorably progress, she begins to question the single-minded values and standards that have always directed her, finally coming to understand the aspects of life that make it truly worth living.
What we as her audience take away from this remarkable drama is a keener sense that, while death is real and unavoidable, our lives are ours to cherish or throw away—a lesson that can be both uplifting and redemptive. Confident of her ability to stay in control of events, she brings to her illness the same intensely rational and painstakingly methodical approach that has guided her stellar academic career.
Wit: A Play - As the playwright herself puts it, "The play is not about doctors or even about cancer. Winner of the 1999 pulitzer prize for drama, the lucille lortel award, the new york drama critics circle award, the Drama Desk Award, the Outer Critics Circle Award, and the Oppenheimer AwardMargaret Edson's powerfully imagined Pulitzer Prize–winning play examines what makes life worth living through her exploration of one of existence's unifying experiences—mortality—while she also probes the vital importance of human relationships.
It's about kindness, but it shows arrogance.