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Product Details

  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber (September 13, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0865478651
  • ISBN-13: 978-0865478657
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.4 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #206,206 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This scary-funny comedy . . . speaks to the fractious, frightened American moment more perceptively than any play I've seen on a New York stage." (Charles Isherwood, The New York Times)

Detroit is a brilliantly observed piece of art about a particular time and place. That time is now--and by now I mean the current post-recessionary America. That place is a pair of backyards in the suburb of a great American city that has been rocked on its heels. (Chris Jones, The Chicago Tribune)

About the Author

Lisa D'Amour is an Obie Award-winning playwright and one half of PearlDamour, an interdisciplinary performance company she runs with Katie Pearl. Her work has been produced by theaters such as Steppenwolf Theatre, Children's Theater Company, Clubbed Thumb, the Walker Arts Center, and the Kitchen. D'Amour received her MFA in playwriting from the University of Texas at Austin and currently splits her time between Brooklyn and New Orleans.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ray Andrews on July 30, 2012
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I read this play several weeks ago and plan to see it in New York. A true and frightening cautionary tale when you open your hearts and share with new neighbors who are living on nothing. Very impressive writing and totally believable. Paints a painful picture of youth running on empty. First rate work.
Ray Neye
Brookhaven, PA
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ccrasor on January 20, 2013
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Having both read and seen a production of this play, I have to say that I was not impressed. It's like a God of Carnage knock-off. Adults behaving badly. Who cares anymore about adults behaving badly? Let's write about something with a little depth, please. It seems this playwright relied on lots of big flashy technical details to make this a play worth seeing. There is no depth to any of the characters, and I feel in the last scene, the theme of community which has been built up throughout the play, is squashed. At the very least, it's shorter than the average play.
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I was looking for a contemporary funny play. This isn't it. I found it forced in the situations, not surprising in the events, and empty in relationships. There is no great journey for any of them. Plus the technical details made me crazy as a director at smaller theaters. I kept thinking, "How are they going to do that without a huge budget and resources?" It was another modern play that I ended up finishing the reading of it to see if it had a redeeming ending, but no. I hated it.
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Better seen than read. The words need actors to give them weight, air, and fluidity. It is especially difficult to visualize many of the scenes taking place, as D'Amour is sparing in her stage direction: for most directors, a gift, but for recreational readers, this can be a tough one to tackle. Don't reach into this play without prior experience reading theatrical literature. You'll enjoy it more.
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By Ruth-Hanna Strong on February 17, 2015
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It was rather depressing. I may think differently eventually, but the characters were not fully developed. The narrative was powerful and moved well.
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