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Durang, Christopher 1949-

Works: 198 works in 427 publications in 6 languages and 14,466 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Acting editions  Comedy plays  Gay drama  Monologues (Drama)  Fiction  One-act plays  Comedy films  Excerpts  Black humor 
Roles: Author, Contributor, Actor, Librettist, Author of screenplay, Scenarist, Singer, Bibliographic antecedent, Commentator, Performer, Director, Lyricist, Interviewee, Speaker, Production personnel, Recipient
Classifications: PS3554.U666, 812.54
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Christopher Durang
The marriage of Bette and Boo by Christopher Durang( Book )

17 editions published between 1973 and 1987 in English and German and held by 1,099 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Never have marriage and the family been more scathingly or hilariously savaged than in this brilliant black comedy. The marriage of Bette and Boo brings together two of the maddest families in creation in a portrait album of family life?s uncertainties and confusion. Bereaved by miscarriages, undermined by their families, separated by alcoholism, assaulted by disease, and mystified by their priest, Bette and Boo, in their bewildered attempts to provide a semblance of hearth and home, are presented with a poignant compassion that enriches and enlarges the play, and places Christopher Durang squarely in the forefront of American dramatists
Sister Mary Ignatius explains it all for you ; The actor's nightmare : two one-act plays by Christopher Durang( Book )

16 editions published between 1981 and 1995 in English and held by 988 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sister Mary Ignatius explains it all for you: This play evolves around a nun, Sister Mary Ignatius, explaining to the audience the basic tenets of Catholicism. She is assisted by her favorite student, seven-year-old Thomas. From time to time, she asks him catechism questions and gives him a cookie for every right answer. Half-way into her speech, some of her former students, now grown up, enter to perform a mock Christmas pageant from their childhood days and reveal to Sister Mary the deep psychological trauma her teachings left on them. Sister Mary's unwavering dogma combined with the absurdist nature of the play add elements of biting comedy. --From publisher's description
Complete full-length plays, 1975-1995 by Christopher Durang( Book )

8 editions published between 1996 and 2003 in English and held by 852 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In one volume are seven of Christopher Durang's eight full-length plays. The Idiots Karamazov: This satiric work takes a mocking look at Russian and American Literature. The Vietnamization of New Jersey: Ridicules the anti-war plays of the earlyl 1970s. A History of the American film: A whirlwind parody through four decades of Hollywood schlock. Beyond therapy: A farcical comedy focuses on Prudence and Bruce, two Manhattanites who are seeking stable romantic relationships with the help of their psychiatrists, each of whom suggests their patient place a personal ad in the newspaper. Baby and the Bathwater: Two unprepared and unattentive parents name their son Daisy. Daisy grows up and after much trauma and therapy changes his name and becomes a father, swearing to not repeat the mistakes of his parents. The Marriage of Bette and Boo: Bette and Boo have one child, Matt, who narrates the story of his parents' marriage, children, divorce, and so on that ultimately leads to their downfall and eventually death. Laughing Wild: The woman is emotional and unstable, and talks about hitting someone in the supermarket who wouldn't get out of the way of the tuna fish she wanted to buy. The man, who was the man hit by the woman over tuna fish, gives a speech about positive thinking, but keeps spiraling into negativity
Beyond therapy by Christopher Durang( Book )

15 editions published between 1981 and 2010 in 6 languages and held by 776 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Comedy by Christopher Durang. Characters: 4 male, 2 female Interior Set (Set may be simply suggested.) Bruce and Prudence are deeply into therapy. Prudence's macho therapist is urging her to be more assertive while Bruce's wacky female therapist wants him to meet women by placing a personal ad. She does not fully comprehend that Bruce has a male lover who is not pleased by Bruce's desire to date a woman: Prudence. Bruce doesn't know how to handle poor nervous Prudence and Prudence doesn't know what to make of her unpredictable new boyfriend. They do learn to live beyond therapy in this delightful Off Broadway hit that moved successfully to Broadway. "Offers the best therapy of all: guaranteed laughter." Time. "Filled with off beat laugh lines, wry observations on the contemporary urban psyche and situations that range from farcical to absurd." Women's Wear Daily
27 short plays by Christopher Durang( Book )

4 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 751 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Christopher Durang explains it all for you : six plays by Christopher Durang( Book )

12 editions published between 1983 and 1990 in English and held by 742 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

As a master of black numor, Durang's plays contain witty indictments of modern life and its institutions, including the Catholic Church, divorce, psychoanalysis and the theater
The way we live now : American plays & the AIDS crisis( Book )

1 edition published in 1990 in English and held by 688 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Moving parts : monologues from contemporary plays by Nina Shengold( Book )

1 edition published in 1992 in English and held by 662 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

More than 125 monologues by Mamet, Shepard, August Wilson, and others
Baby with the bathwater by Christopher Durang( Book )

6 editions published between 1983 and 2008 in English and Dutch and held by 647 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike by Christopher Durang( Book )

6 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 634 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Vanya and his adopted sister Sonia live a quiet life in the Pennsylvania farmhouse where they grew up, but their peace is disturbed when their movie star sister Masha returns unannounced with her twentysomething boy toy, Spike. A weekend of rivalry, regret, and raucousness begins!"--Page 4 of cover
Betty's summer vacation by Christopher Durang( Book )

10 editions published between 1999 and 2008 in English and Dutch and held by 551 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Looking for a little rest and time by herself, Betty rents a summer share at the beach. But Betty's luck turns to delicious lunacy when this sensible Everywoman gets drawn into the chaotic world of some very unsavory housemates--her friend Trudy, who talks too much; the lewd, seminaked Buck, who tries to have sex with everyone; and Keith, a serial killer who hides in his room with a mysterious hatbox. With sand between her toes, walking a thin line between sanity and survival, poor Betty will leave her summer vacation more terrorized than tan."--Back cover
Simply irresistible by M Tarlov( Visual )

12 editions published between 1999 and 2013 in English and held by 462 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Restaurant owner Amanda Shelton is falling head over heels for executive Tom Bartlett. Unfortunately, Tom is too busy to recognize that she's truly the girl of his dreams ... until Amanda casts a spell on him
A history of the American film by Christopher Durang( Book )

14 editions published between 1975 and 1998 in English and held by 398 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sondheim : putting it together by Stephen Sondheim( )

4 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 398 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Baby with the bathwater, and, Laughing wild : two plays by Christopher Durang( Book )

4 editions published between 1988 and 1989 in English and Italian and held by 353 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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 clichés of self-affirmation he learns at his "personality 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 parents, 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
Laughing wild by Christopher Durang( Book )

11 editions published between 1988 and 1999 in 3 languages and held by 301 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In the first section of the play, a Woman enters and embarks on an increasingly frenetic (and funny) recital of the perils and frustrations of daily life in urban America--waiting in line, rude taxi drivers, inane talk shows and the selfish people who block the aisles in supermarkets. In particular she is incensed by a man who prevented her from buying a can of tuna fish by standing in her way--and whom she attacked in a fit of pique. In the second monologue ('Seeking Wild') the Man appears, and while the subjects on which he expounds (nuclear waste, the rigidity of the Catholic Church, particularly in sexual matters, the threat of AIDS) may be broader in context, he also dwells on an incident in a supermarket, when a strange woman hit him over the head in the tuna fish aisle. In the final portion of the play ('Dreaming Wild') the two protagonists meet at last and reenact the supermarket incident via six varying interpretations; tell us more fully of their overlapping dreams; and then launch into an explosively funny parody of a talk show. In the end the two find an accommodation of sorts as they come together at the Harmonic Convergence in Central Park--both still hoping to instill a sense of optimism and purpose in their lives, but both still skeptical that they will succeed in doing so."--
Miss Witherspoon ; and, Mrs. Bob Cratchit's wild Christmas binge : [two plays] by Christopher Durang( Book )

6 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 293 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Miss Witherspoon- Veronica, a recent suicide, discovers that the one thing worse than the world she left behind is having to go back for seconds. With the help of a black female Jesus and a wizard suspiciously named Gandalf, she must journey from here to eternity and back again to cleanse her "brown tweedy aura" and learn the necessity of reengaging with life.--[book cover]
The nature and purpose of the universe ; Death comes to us all, Mary Agnes ; Dentity crisis : three short plays by Christopher Durang( Book )

5 editions published between 1979 and 1999 in English and held by 244 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The idiots Karamazov by Christopher Durang( Book )

6 editions published between 1974 and 2009 in English and held by 237 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Using the characters and events of 'The Brothers Karamazov' as a springboard, the play becomes a lampoon not only of Dostoyevsky but of western culture and literature in general. Dotted with literary allusions and intellectual jibes, it pokes fun at figures ranging from Ernest Hemingway and L. Frank Baum on to Leo Tolstoy, as it turns the saga of the ill-fated Karamazov brothers topsy-turvy. The narrator of the proceedings is the famed translator, Constance Garnett, who struggles to keep the wild goings-on in perspective and under control, and, in the end, settles for conjugating the verb 'Karamazov'--which, under the circumstances, makes more sense than one might suspect."--
The Best American Short Plays, 1993-1994 by Howard F Stein( Book )

1 edition published in 1995 in English and held by 235 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Complete full-length plays, 1975-1995
Sister Mary Ignatius explains it all for you ; The actor's nightmare : two one-act playsComplete full-length plays, 1975-1995Beyond therapy27 short playsChristopher Durang explains it all for you : six playsThe way we live now : American plays & the AIDS crisisMoving parts : monologues from contemporary playsBaby with the bathwater
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Durang, Chris 1949-

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