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Grove Press
Grove Press
Grove Press

Betty’s Summer Vacation

by Christopher Durang

“With a style that incorporates Brechtian alienation and Alfred Jarry grotesquerie, the deliriously assaultive, brashly funny Vacation defines to perfection the lurid, scandal-starved past decade.” –Erik Jackson, Time Out New York

  • Imprint Grove Paperback
  • Page Count 112
  • Publication Date April 01, 2000
  • ISBN-13 978-0-8021-3661-9
  • Dimensions 5.5" x 8.25"
  • US List Price $13.00
  • Imprint Grove Paperback
  • ISBN-13 978-0-8021-8890-8
  • US List Price $13.00

About The Book

Marked by biting wit, hilarious parody, revealing characters, and a pastiche of pop culture, the plays of Christopher Durang have garnered acclaim, controversy, Obie awards, and a devout following. His new play, Betty’s Summer Vacation, has been acclaimed by Alexis Greene in InTheater Magazine as “the funniest play Durang has written since The Marriage of Bette and Boo.”

Looking for a little rest and time by herself, Betty rents a summer share at the beach. But Betty’s luck turns to delicious lunacy when this sensible Everywoman gets drawn into the chaotic world of some very unsavory housemates—her friend Trudy who talks too much; the lewd, seminaked Buck, who tries to have sex with everyone; and Keith, a possible serial killer who hides in his room with a mysterious hat box. With sand between her toes, walking a thin line between sanity and survival, poor Betty will leave her summer vacation more terrorized than tan.

Praise

“With a style that incorporates Brechtian alienation and Alfred Jarry grotesquerie, the deliriously assaultive, brashly funny Vacation defines to perfection the lurid, scandal-starved past decade.” –Erik Jackson, Time Out New York

“[Betty’s Summer Vacation is] not only wickedly funny but a trenchant commentary on the state of American culture and the most original play to hit the New York stage in years.” –Curtis Ellis, MSNBC

“Christopher Durang has finally come of age and proves to be every bit as sharp and caustic as England’s Joe Orton. . . . It’s simply his most brilliant play yet.” –David Kaufman, Daily News (New York)

“An outrageous black comedy that’s as sick as it’s funny–meaning very sick and wonderfully funny–Betty’s Summer Vacation is the new comic masterpiece.” –Michael Sommers, The Newark Star-Ledger

“The funniest new farce in years! By far Durang’s best play! Lifts off from the ground of brilliantly naturalistic comedy into the stratosphere of zany satire.

” –Donald Lyons, New York Post

“His best play in years.” –David Patrick Stearns, USA Today (given four out of four stars)

“A madcap, manic entertainment that inspires as much thought as hilarity.” –Robert Hurwitt, San Francisco Examiner

Betty’s Summer Vacation is just as nutty and outrageous as a Durang comedy can get.” –Liz Smith, Newsday

“An outrageously funny new play by the king of depraved comedy. . . . Not only a wholly entertaining piece of theater, it is also a scathing satire on current social values and mores.” –Ron Lasko, Next Magazine

“With Betty’s Summer Vacation, the author of Beyond Therapy and Sister Ignatius Explains It All For You reasserts his stature as the most savage farceur since Joe Orton. Classic Christopher Durang.” –Don Shewey, The Advocate