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Wonderful World
Wonderful World
"[Dresser] sets up an ascending sequence of increasingly bizarre and wildly hilarious scenes in which his characters—two brothers, their respective spouses, and their mom—try by hook or by crook to convince the others to see things their way… It's bright and brittle, oh so nasty…" —Sacramento News and Review

"Topping the list…is Richard Dresser's Wonderful World, a witty, wise and smartly crafted serious comedy about escalating family misunderstandings that involve two brothers and three women in their lives—the overbearing wife of one, the muddled fiancée of the other, and their sweet-faced, flaky mother…snappy dialogue and fast-moving scenes." —Curtain Up
By Richard Dresser.

Cast: 2m., 3w. A close-knit New England family is shaken to its core when a minor misunderstanding spirals out of control. Max and Barry, brothers, find themselves at odds when Barry's wife, Patty, misinterprets a dinner invitation, feels she was deliberately excluded and embarks on a full-scale scorched-earth policy of truthtelling. Max's girlfriend, Jennifer, and mother, Lydia, are drawn into the fray as loyalties shift and relationships are ruthlessly examined. Patty's campaign to cut through accepted family truths forces them all to confront awkward sexual attraction, long-ago affairs, debilitating illness and, finally, a reconfigured family. Wonderful World probes the subterranean truths of an American family and ultimately affirms the mysterious powerful bonds that hold a family together. Unit set. Two acts. Approximate Running Time: 2 hours.

Play details
Status:  In Stock
Type of show:  Full-Length
Catalog Code:  W93
Cast Size:  5
No. of Act(s):  2
Pages:  72
Royalty:  $75.00 /perf.*
Cost:  $8.95
Approx. Running Time:  120 min.
Target Audience: College and Adult
Performing Group: College Theatre
Genre: Comedy
ISBN (10): 1583421181
Publication Date: 05/28/2002
Richard Dresser's plays have appeared in New York, regional theatre and Europe. They include the widely produced Rounding Third (which was recently made into a film starring John C. McGinley and Garret Dillahunt) and Below the Belt (which was filmed as Human Error). A number of his plays started at the Humana Festival of New American Plays at Actors Theatre ...More
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