The following excerpt is from his short play ‘dentity Crisis, a favorite at colleges, and EXCERPT FROM ‘dentity Crisis, by Christopher Durang. ‘dentity Crisis. Christopher Durang. Premiere: Yale Repertory Theatre, New Haven, Setting: A living room decorated by a fairly insane person. ‘Dentity Crisis Playwright, Christopher Durang wife) change characters again and become Jane herself—leaving her with no identity at all and pointing up.

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Best known for Crimes of the Heartshe is often referred to as a Southern gothic writer, filling her scripts with eccentric, damaged characters with thick accents and dysfunctional families.

I think we’re all neurotic. His cheistopher have been performed nationwide, including on Broadway and Off-Broadway. Durang has denounced the Robert Altman film adaptation of Beyond Therapycalling it “horrific. Back to Search Results. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Retrieved September 6, Baaltries to return the house to “normal,” but we see only Jane’s apparent break from reality played out on stage. His work often deals critically with chrisotpher of child abuseRoman Catholic dogmaculture, and homosexuality.

He lives in Bucks County, Pennsylvania with his husband, actor and playwright, John Augustine; they have been together since Overall, this is an engaging evening and a chance to see lesser-known plays from well-known playwrights.

Nonetheless, those lines in the play do get a laugh, so there’s something.

Christopher Durang – Wikipedia

This page was last edited on 31 Decemberat The New York Times. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild Council. Durang has performed as an actor for both stage and screen. The pieces, which share the theme of identity, make for an interesting, if uneven, evening. Retrieved from ” https: Durang appeared as himself on the October 11, episode of Saturday Night Livehosted by his longtime friend Sigourney Weaver.


His work was especially popular in the s, though his career seemed to get a second chtistopher in the late s.

Her mother claims to have invented cheese, her psychologist and his wife both undergo sex-change operations, and she can no longer tell her other family members apart.

This dudang, written when the Pulitzer Prize winner was a sophomore in college, shows her propensity for mixing tragedy and comedy in strange proportions, and adding Southern charm along the way. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Interview — Christopher Durang”. I got into Juilliard”. His Catholic grammar school cancelled class one afternoon and put on his play. The first play on opening night was Henley’s Am I Blue? As Ashbe, Vanderhoof tries too hard to be peculiar and whimsical, often behaving more like a grade-schooler christophfr a teenager.

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Christopher Durang. The set for both productions relies on large, gray, angled panels to create a variety of backdrops. He wrote his first play at age eight. Of course the joke is on the audience in the end as Jane returns to her true identity.

Works by Christopher Durang. That same year, he was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame. The second play of the evening, ‘Dentity Crisisis unmistakably the work of Christopher Durang. Revelations about Ashbe and John’s desire to be understood seem inorganic, and their ultimate friendship seems forced.

‘Dentity Crisis by Christopher Durang to play at UAH Theatre | WLRH

The plays themselves are works by acclaimed playwrights Christopher Durang and Beth Henley, from when they were starting their writing christophet. He first came to prominence in his Off-Broadway satirical review Das Lusitania Songspielwhich he performed with friend and fellow Yale alum Sigourney Weaver.


Cleverly staged and deftly executed, Daniel Millhouse’s transformations are a pleasure to watch as he portrays the randy son, stiff husband, doddering grandfather and dashing count. In the episode, Durang and Weaver parodied the works of Bertolt Brecht. Views Read Edit View history.

Bizarre, outrageous and very funny, it is the story of Jane, a young woman recovering from a nervous breakdown, played by a convincingly bewildered Kate Mann.

Christopher Ferdinand Durang born January 2, is an American playwright known for works of outrageous and often absurd comedy. Shannon Davis and John Cooper, a pair of acting and directing Dentith candidates, direct these projects, and the roles are filled mostly by university students.

‘Dentity Crisis

While this character, John Polk Richards played affably by Adam Rowe-Johnsonquietly sips his vodka and Coke, he is accosted by a quintessentially quirky high-school girl named Ashbe Bridgett Vanderhoof.

And I do think relationships are certainly difficult. Later while he was attending Delbarton School in Chrisfopher, he and a friend wrote two musicals, ‘Banned in Boston’ and ‘Businessman’s Holiday. While Durang’s use of parody and his criticism of many social institutions might appear overly cynical at times, he christophrr. For the rest of the evening, the two desperately try to make a connection with one another since their attempts at connecting with family, friends and the opposite sex have failed.

Retrieved November 19, Crisjs played the part of The Waiter in that production. Skip to main content.