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Grove Press
Grove Press
Grove Press

Sexual Perversity in Chicago and The Duck Variations

Two Plays

by David Mamet

Sexual Perversity in Chicago is like a sleazy sonata of seduction . . . Mamet is the first playwright to create a formal and moral shape out of the undeleted expletives of our time.” –Time

  • Imprint Grove Paperback
  • Page Count 128
  • Publication Date April 01, 1978
  • ISBN-13 978-0-8021-5011-0
  • Dimensions 5.38" x 8.25"
  • US List Price $15.00
  • Imprint Grove Paperback
  • Publication Date October 03, 2014
  • ISBN-13 978-0-8021-9143-4

About The Book

David Mamet is one of America’s most celebrated playwrights. The author of plays, screenplays, poetry, essays, and children’s books, he has won many awards, including the Pulitzer Prize for Glengarry Glen Ross.

The Obie award-winning Sexual Perversity in Chicago is about two office workers, Danny and Bernie, on the make in the swinging singles scene of the early 1970s. Danny meets Deborah in a library and soon they are not only lovers but roommates, and their story quickly evolves into a modern romance in all its sticky details.

The Duck Variations is a dialogue between two old men sitting on a park bench. The conversation turns to the mating habits of ducks, but soon begins to reveal their feelings about natural law, friendship, and death. New York magazine has called The Duck Variations “a gorgeously written, wonderfully observant piece whose timing and atmosphere are close to flawless.”

Praise

Sexual Perversity in Chicago is like a sleazy sonata of seduction . . . Mamet is the first playwright to create a formal and moral shape out of the undeleted expletives of our time.”—Time