The woman’s tuna fish monologue from Christopher Durang’s play, ‘Laughing Wild’. Laughing Wild plot summary, character breakdowns, context and analysis, and performance video clips. Christopher Durang. Based on the Play/Book/Film. When Christopher Durang wrote his nervous breakdown of a play nearly 20 years ago, “Laughing Wild” reflected the anxiety of AIDS in a world.

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The Department of Theatre seeks students interested in studying acting, directing, scene design The play, which is concerned with censorship, won the coveted Obie in Works by Christopher Durang. Janet Carter rated it liked it Oct 19, Want to see your job listed here?

The problem with these plays is that they are not absurdist enough and come across as silly wikd just plain lazy playwriting. Want to Read saving…. The Man makes a conscious choice to communicate to her, and they reach a kind of calm between them. This article on a play from the s is a stub. Sep 02, Kelda rated it liked it Shelves: I can also see their flaws a little more clearly: Books by Christopher Durang. Read More actors, singers, dancers Performer.

As his character becomes increasingly upset over Chernobyl, the Supreme Court, the ozone layer and, especially, AIDS, he imagines a cruel, fickle and inconsistent God. This screwball comedy concerns two people who are seeking meaningful relationships but who are hampered by the efforts of their respective therapists.

Laughing Wild and Baby with the Bathwater: Two Plays by Christopher Durang

Winston Duke has had quite a year. He is also an excellent performer, milking his own boyish personality for all its worth. 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.


First they re-create their scene in the supermark et, trying out different scenarios of how else they might have behaved — though all the scenarios end badly.

The play Baby with Bathwater is really amazing and amusing in a twisted way like all Durang plays, Laughing Wild though is still good, yet is mainly monologues, making it slightly hard to get through compared to the rest of his plays. But his fears about the sudden terrors of life keep getting in the way, especially when he is revealed as the man in the tuna fish aisle who innocently set off the woman in the first scene.

Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. This play is hilarious and confusing and genius.

‘Laughing Wild’ (Woman and the Tuna Fish)

Howard, stage manager was James Fitzsimmons. Updates Like several other Durang plays, Laughing Wild has references to people and events that were current when the play was written. This page was last edited on 23 Octoberat As a child I was told that the Infant of Prague was the Christ child, which it turns out is correct. I saw a performance art piece last weekend, my God the things I’ll do to get laid, and I felt the same way. 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.

Jody rated it really liked it Dec 16, Dani rated it really liked it Jul 02, Durang developed as a playwright during the early s while working under Robert Brustein at the Yale Repertory Theatre.


Why do I bring it up publicly then, you may well ask. Laugh and you… cry alone later. Hardly a week goes by without an attempted parliamentary coup. Masterson, a native of Houston, [ The man’s character is giving a speech about positive thinking, but keeps spiraling lauhging negativity. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

Premier Logo Created with Sketch. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Dramatists Play Service photos by Gerry Goodstein. Though his career has a few highlights, Durang’s absurdism is overall ineffective.

Ruth, Sally Jessy Raphael, Mother Theresa, the Harmonic Convergence — the consuming cultures of sex, celebrity, religion and self- helpdom have not abated. Durang sticks to his themes here, with plenty to say on mental illness as always, but the effect of the actual material is reduced christopheg its unwillingness to commit to a wilx camp. The Afterwords are as thought provoking as the plays themselves.

Act One shows us the Woman, a disturbed individual prone to laughung outbursts about people she hates like Sally Jesse Rapheal and Mother Theresa.

Toggle navigation Choose Section. The second speech is …filled with brilliant observations. Cassandra rated it it was amazing May 24,