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Grove Press
Grove Press
Grove Press

Laughing Wild and Baby with the Bathwater

Two Plays

by Christopher Durang

“Gifted young playwright Christopher Durang is offering one of the best plays of the season with his brief, complex comedy on parenthood.” –Richard Christiansen, Los Angeles Times

  • Imprint Grove Paperback
  • Page Count 176
  • Publication Date June 01, 1989
  • ISBN-13 978-0-8021-3130-0
  • Dimensions 5.38" x 8.25"
  • US List Price $14.95
  • Imprint Grove Paperback
  • ISBN-13 978-0-8021-8889-2
  • US List Price $14.95

About The Book

“Laughing wild amid severest woe” perfectly describes the fiercely ironic comedy of Christopher Durang’s Laughing Wild (which takes its title from this Thomas Gray quotation via Samuel Beckett) and the previously unpublished Baby with the Bathwater. In Laughing Wild, two comic monologues evolve into a man and a woman’s shared nightmare of modern life and the isolation it creates. From her turf battles at the supermarket to the desperate clich’s of self-affirmation he learns at his “per’sonality workshop,” they run the gamut of everyday life’s small brutalizations until they meet, with disastrous inevitability, at the Harmonic Convergence in Central Park.

Daisy, of Baby with the Bathwater, struggles with a singular problem—his par”ents, too polite to discuss sex, assumed at his birth he was the girl they’d always wanted. Eleven years of wearing dresses did very little for his self-image, but Durang turns his search for identity into a wild allegory of society’s willful blindness toward almost any disturbing truth. And amid all these woes, Durang leaves us laughing wildly—and thoughtfully.

Praise

“Gifted young playwright Christopher Durang is offering one of the best plays of the season with his brief, complex comedy on parenthood.” –Richard Christiansen, Los Angeles Times

“Durang’s satirical stage cartoon about what is now called “parenting” may be his funniest play yet. . .” –Allan Wallach, New York Newsday

“As a play, Christopher Durang’s Laughing Wild is a joke, but it’s one of the best and most contemporary jokes I’ve ever seen brought off onstage.” –Michael Feingold, Village Voice