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Becky Shaw - Modern Plays (Paperback)

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Paperback 96 Pages / Published: 13/01/2011
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I'm also going to give you some advice. Your husband is not the Red Cross. The last time he started consoling a cute, suicidal chick, he married her. Becky Shaw is an amusing and cleverly constructed comedy about ambition, the cost of being truthful, and the perils of a blind date. The fast and funny dialogue navigates between five distinctively perverse and disingenuously dysfunctional characters. The plot is as follows: from the moment that Becky arrives overdressed for her blind date with straight-talking Max, it's clear the evening won't go to plan. In the immediate fallout, Becky becomes an object of devotion for her boss Andrew, who appears to have a fetish for vulnerable women. In turn Andrew's wife Suzanna turns to her step-brother Max for comfort, and their mutual desire begins to resurface. Gina Gionfriddo's masterful play is a biting American comedy with sharp, witty dialogue and a carefully crafted yet unforced story arc. Character-driven, Becky Shaw is a comic tale of tangled love lives and a subtle but acerbic comedy of manners.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781408147016
Number of pages: 96
Weight: 96 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 10 mm


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It remains sharp and funny to the end, and presents its characters with the irony and wit of a latter-day Jane Austen ... the dramatist lays bare these tangled relationships with great wit and insight, and the dialogue fairly fizzes along -- Charles Spencer * Telegraph *
Sharp and sassy American comedy ...it is dazzlingly written and studded with rapier-sharp lines -- Unknown * Financial Times *
Every line is a poisoned dart and every character is an assassination. It's tough on them but sublimely funny for us: Gionfriddo's play has the moral subtlety of Jane Austen but it yanks its characters' illusions down with the off-kilter ease that's usually the trademark of access-all-areas TV satirists like Larry David or Tina Fey. -- Caroline McGinn * Time Out *
Becky Shaw, another new play, is a ferociously funny comedy of outrageously bad manners by American Gina Gionfriddo. From the start, you're riveted. -- Georgina Brown * Mail on Sunday *

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