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Grove Press
Grove Press
Grove Press

The Waverly Gallery

by Kenneth Lonergan

“A stirring and soulful, comic drama . . . classically so, a la Glass Menagerie. . . . Waverly is often deeply funny. It is both painful and hilarious.” —Ben Brantley, The New York Times

  • Imprint Grove Paperback
  • Page Count 128
  • Publication Date November 15, 2000
  • ISBN-13 978-0-8021-3756-2
  • Dimensions 5.5" x 8.25"
  • US List Price $16.00

About The Book

Kenneth Lonergran is known for his trademark humor and genius for capturing the real heart and soul of human interactions. Ben Brantley raved in The New York Times that Lonergran has “one of the keenest ears of any working playwright.”

A powerfully poignant and often hilarious play, The Waverly Gallery is about the final years of a generous, chatty, and feisty grandmother’s final battle against Alzheimer’s disease. Gladys is an old-school lefty and social activist and longtime owner of a small art gallery in Greenwich Village. The play explores her fight to retain her independence and the subsequent effect of her decline on her family, especially her grandson. More than a memory play, The Waverly Gallery captures the humor and strength of a family in the face of crisis.

Praise

“A stirring and soulful, comic drama . . . classically so, a la Glass Menagerie. . . . Waverly is often deeply funny. It is both painful and hilarious.” —Ben Brantley, The New York Times

“You will be awed by Lonergran’s writing.” —Charles Isherwood, Variety

“One of the most attractively modest, deeply poignant and even strangely comic works New York has seen in a long time.” —Sam Whitehead, Time Out New York

“[Lonergran] has written a loving but brutal . . . American family drama that knows about the simultaneous human systems of entertainment and agony. As anyone who cares about aging loved ones already knows, life on that particular edge is often so real you have to laugh . . . he is dead-on about family in all its simultaneous affection and irritation.” —Linda Winer, Newsday