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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The plays themselves are works by acclaimed playwrights Christopher Durang and Beth Henley, from when they were starting their writing careers. In other projects Wikimedia Commons. That same year, he was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame. The pieces, which share the theme of identity, make for an interesting, if uneven, evening.

And I do think relationships are certainly difficult. The first play on opening night christophrr Henley’s Am I Blue? Durang has denounced the Robert Altman film adaptation of Beyond Therapycalling it “horrific.

Back to Search Results. Wikimedia Commons has media related to Christopher Durang. Durang has performed as an actor for both stage and screen.

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Interview — Christopher Durang”. This piece, written when the Pulitzer Prize winner was a sophomore in college, shows her propensity for mixing tragedy and comedy in strange proportions, and adding Southern charm along the way.

Retrieved November 19, He lives in Bucks County, Pennsylvania with his husband, actor and playwright, John Augustine; they have been together christoppher Best known for Crimes of the Heartshe is often referred to as a Southern gothic writer, filling her scripts with eccentric, damaged characters with cchristopher accents and dysfunctional families. I got into Juilliard”.

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‘Dentity Crisis

Cjristopher plays have been performed nationwide, including on Broadway and Off-Broadway. 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.

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Revelations about Ashbe and John’s desire to be understood seem inorganic, and their ultimate friendship seems forced. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Christopher Durang – Wikipedia

Nonetheless, those lines in the play do get a laugh, so there’s something. Christopher Ferdinand Durang born January 2, is an American playwright known for works of outrageous and often absurd comedy. Cleverly staged and deftly executed, Daniel Millhouse’s transformations are crisiss pleasure to watch as he portrays the randy son, stiff husband, doddering grandfather and dashing count. Later while he was dwntity Delbarton School in Morristown, he and a friend wrote two musicals, ‘Banned in Boston’ and ‘Businessman’s Holiday.

This page was last edited on 31 Decemberat His work often deals critically with issues of child abuseRoman Catholic dogmaculture, and homosexuality. Jane’s mother, Edith Fromage taken to wide-eyed, hilarious lengths by Erin S. He wrote his first play at age eight. surang

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 named Ashbe Bridgett Vanderhoof. The second play of the evening, ‘Dentity Crisisis unmistakably the work of Cgristopher Durang.

Skip to main content. Durang played the part of The Waiter in that production. Shannon Davis and John Cooper, a pair of acting and directing MFA candidates, direct these projects, and the roles are filled mostly by university students. As Ashbe, Vanderhoof tries too hard to be peculiar and whimsical, often behaving more like a grade-schooler than a teenager.

He is a member of the Dramatists Guild Council. 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.


Baaltries to return the house to “normal,” but we see only Jane’s apparent break from reality played out on stage. In the episode, Durang and Weaver parodied the works of Bertolt Brecht. 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. Retrieved from ” https: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

His work was especially popular in the s, though his career christtopher to get a second wind in the late s. He first came to prominence in his Off-Broadway satirical review Das Lusitania Songspielwhich he performed with friend and fellow Yale alum Sigourney Weaver.

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. Works by Christopher Durang. Bizarre, outrageous and criais funny, it is the story of Jane, a young woman recovering from a nervous breakdown, played by a convincingly bewildered Kate Mann. The set for both productions relies on large, gray, angled panels to create a variety of backdrops.

Views Read Edit View history. While Durang’s use of parody and his criticism of many social institutions might appear overly cynical at times, he states:.

‘Dentity Crisis

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.

I think we’re all neurotic. The New York Times.