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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He is a member of the Dramatists Guild Council. I got into Juilliard”. The plays themselves are works by crsis playwrights Christopher Durang and Beth Henley, from when they were starting their writing careers. Retrieved from ” https: Crsiis September 6, As Am I Blue?

Jane’s mother, Edith Fromage taken to wide-eyed, hilarious lengths by Erin S. Nonetheless, those lines in the play christppher get a laugh, so there’s something. The second play of the evening, ‘Dentity Crisisis unmistakably the work of Christopher Durang. Overall, this is an engaging evening and a chance to see lesser-known plays from well-known playwrights. Retrieved November 19, And I do think relationships are certainly difficult.

Christopher Ferdinand Durang born January 2, is an American playwright known for works of outrageous and often absurd comedy.

Christoper Durang – Longer One Act Plays – ‘dentity Crisis

Durang has denounced the Robert Altman film adaptation of Beyond Therapycalling it “horrific. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. 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.


Later while he was attending Delbarton School in Cheistopher, he and a friend wrote two musicals, ‘Banned in Boston’ and ‘Businessman’s Holiday.

Christopher Durang

Baaltries to return the house to “normal,” but we see only Jane’s apparent break from reality played out on stage. Cleverly staged and deftly executed, Daniel Millhouse’s transformations are a pleasure to watch as he portrays the randy son, stiff husband, doddering grandfather and dashing count. Durang has performed as an actor for both stage and screen. He wrote his first play at age eight. In the episode, Durang and Weaver parodied the works of Bertolt Brecht.

His work was especially popular in the s, though his career seemed to get a second wind in the late s. He first came to prominence in his Off-Broadway satirical review Das Lusitania Songspieldengity 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.

Bizarre, outrageous and very funny, it is the story of Jane, a young woman recovering from a nervous breakdown, played by a chrisotpher bewildered Kate Mann.

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.

His plays have been performed durany, including on Broadway and Off-Broadway. The pieces, which share the theme of identity, make for an interesting, if uneven, evening. The set for both productions relies on large, gray, angled panels to create a variety of backdrops.


The New York Times. Durang played the part of The Waiter in that production. Durang appeared as himself on the October 11, episode of Saturday Night Livehosted by his longtime friend Sigourney Weaver. That same year, crisia was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame. While Durang’s use of parody and his criticism of many social institutions might appear overly cynical at times, he states:. 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.

Her mother claims to crisls invented cheese, her psychologist and his wife both undergo sex-change operations, and she can no longer tell her other family members apart. Views Read Edit View history. Just as the young main characters in each play are finding out who they are, the directors and actors who bring them to crisiw are finding their own voices. His work often deals critically with issues of child abuseRoman Catholic dogmaculture, and homosexuality.

More of a two-character play with a few extras than an ensemble piece, Blue is ultimately unsatisfying.