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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Durang appeared as himself on the October 11, episode of Saturday Night Livehosted by his longtime friend Sigourney Weaver.

Christopher Durang

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. That same year, he was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame.

And I do think relationships are certainly difficult. Durang has denounced the Robert Altman film adaptation of Beyond Therapycalling it “horrific. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Retrieved September 6, As Ashbe, Vanderhoof tries too hard to be peculiar and whimsical, often behaving more like a grade-schooler than a teenager.

Works by Christopher Durang. Revelations about Ashbe and John’s desire to be understood seem inorganic, and their ultimate friendship seems forced.

The first play on opening night was Henley’s Am I Blue? Durang has performed as an actor for both stage and screen. Durang played the part of The Waiter in that production.

This piece, 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. Of course the joke is on the audience in the end as Jane returns to her true identity. Equally delightful are Gregory Brumfield and Andrea Kleiner as the gender-switching couple who use various fruits to compensate for the body parts they are missing.


Wikimedia Commons has media related to Christopher Durang. It is arranged and dressed to great effect by Andrea Alguire for ‘Dentity Crisiscomplete with a marvelous ballet of stagehands setting the scene around a disoriented Jane in the first moments. Just as the young main characters in each play are finding out who they are, the directors and actors who bring them to life are finding their own voices. Christopher Ferdinand Durang born January 2, is an American playwright known for works of outrageous and often absurd comedy.

The pieces, which share the theme of identity, make for an interesting, if uneven, evening.

‘Dentity Crisis by Christopher Durang Auditions

He wrote his first play at age eight. Nonetheless, those lines in the play do get a laugh, so there’s something. More of a two-character play with a few extras than an ensemble piece, Blue is ultimately unsatisfying.

This page was last edited crisus 31 Decemberat 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.

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Overall, this is an engaging evening and a chance to see lesser-known plays from well-known playwrights. He first came durany prominence in his Off-Broadway satirical review Das Lusitania Songspielwhich he performed with friend and fellow Yale alum Sigourney Weaver.


The second play of the evening, ‘Dentity Crisisis unmistakably the work of Christopher Durang. Retrieved from ” https: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild Council.

His dentigy often deals critically with issues of child christophfrRoman Catholic dogmaculture, and homosexuality. Retrieved November 19, 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.

Jane’s mother, Edith Fromage taken to wide-eyed, hilarious lengths by Erin S. I think we’re all neurotic. Interview — Christopher Durang”. In other projects Wikimedia Commons. His Catholic grammar school cancelled class one afternoon and put on his play.

Dkrang to Search Results. 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. In the episode, Durang and Weaver parodied the works of Bertolt Brecht.

Later while he was attending Delbarton School in Morristown, he and a friend wrote two musicals, ‘Banned in Boston’ and ‘Businessman’s Holiday. The plays themselves are works by acclaimed playwrights Christopher Durang duramg Beth Henley, from when they were starting their writing careers. 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.