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Laughing Wild and Baby with the Bathwater: Two Plays Paperback – January 12, 1994
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Laughing Wild opens with a monologue by "Woman," recently released from an institution, someone who has had a tantrum because she could not reach the tuna fish in a supermarket--a man was blocking her way. With her raucous laugh, she tells us, among other things, that she has also had an altercation with a taxi driver, has fallen in the gutter, and has not read Bleak House. Act II features a monologue by Man, a writer (played in New York by the author himself), who has recently had a confrontation with a woman in the tuna fish aisle.
As he tells about his own life and problems, his bisexuality, and the Catholic church's attitudes and pronouncements, we see him recognizing life's common absurdities. In Act III, Man and Woman reveal their identical dreams and hopes in parallel monologues. Sad, but hilariously satiric of eighties attitudes and self-help movements, Laughing Wild ultimately shows the loneliness of contemporary 1980s life.
Baby With the Bathwater begins as a farce about parenthood by two people who do not have a clue.Read more ›
LAUGING... on the other hand gives us two characters (two very eighties characters, based on their references to Reagan and the Meese Commition) who's feelings, though in a dated context, are so relevent now to how so many people feel about the world.
The Woman's monolgue at the beginning is so wonderfully crazy and hysterical and sort of touching - this is a great peice for a great actress who understands levels and life - its so perfectly written. The Man's monologue is just so touchingly written, without being sappy, that it makes you really sit there and say - "yes! this is what I feel, too!"... at least I do.
And bringing them together in the second act is so well done - and by the end... well, what do you know, Durang gives us an ending that has hope. No bitterness. Hope. I love it.
Not the best play I've ever read, but really well done.
BABY... has one of the funniest first acts of any play I know, but sort of winds up with that bitter Durang ending that always makes me feel bad for him.
Despite this, he's one of the best absurdist playwrights today, its no wonder his plays are so popular.
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Hilarious! And great if you need to find monologues for a theatre class!Published 14 months ago by Annie
I would recommend this play for anyone who likes Christopher Durang. Both plays are good for any project that you would need a comedic play and/or playwrite. Read morePublished on September 23, 2002
These 2 plays are full of excellent monologues and/or scenes that work well for acting presentations. They are full of modern humor.Published on May 22, 2001
This play was one of the most un-inspired and un-inspiring pieces of garbage I have ever had the misfortune of stumbling across. Read morePublished on September 14, 2000
Right before I left for college, when I was in my combat boots, fishnet tights, and park ranger hat phase, I went with my mother to Cambridge, MA for the National High School... Read morePublished on June 15, 2000 by courtney J angermeier