Boys’ Life and Other Playsby Howard Korder
The New York Production of Boys’ Life – which won rave reviews and a Pulitzer prize nomination – established Howard Korder as one of the most exciting new talents in American theater.
An acerbically funny portrait of male behavior, Boys’ Life tracks three young urbanites on the make. Howard Kissel of the New York Daily News proclaimed it “utterly captivating,” and The New Yorker‘s Mimi Kramer called it “the most balanced and intelligent comment on the battle of the sexes I’ve seen in a long time.”
Also in this collection: Fun and Nobody, two darkly humorous plays about a family that has been described as “Father Knows Best with psychosis, alcoholism, and bloodshed added.” Fun traces the grim Friday-night misadventures of fifteen-year-old Denny and Casper, who cruise the mall, Big Boy’s, and the streets in search of excitement. Nobody focuses on Denny’s father, Carl, whose own anomic urges lead him to near-adultery with the neighbor’s wife, a brush with a lunatic right-wing group, and a violent drunken spree.
The Middle Kingdom is a chilling depiction of a husband and wife quarreling over money, and Lip Service looks at incongruous pair of TV-show hosts: a slick newcomer and a foundering veteran newscaster.
• Boys’ Life
• The Middle Kingdom
• Lip Service