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"A Private Lives for our time" —New York Magazine

"Grabs you from the moment the lights go up and never lets go." —The Miami Herald

"Stiletto-sharp dialogue." —The New York Times

"Out-and-out funny." —Variety
By Richard Dresser.

Cast: 3m., 2w. Remember your first marriage? It's back. Gun-Shy is a no-holds-barred comedy about marriage, divorce, infidelity, infertility, incompatibility, eternal love, household accidents, and diets no one should try. New York Magazine calls Gun-Shy "a Private Lives for our time." Evie and Duncan have divorced after 15 years. Evie is having a wild, tumultuous affair with an aggressively insecure coffee salesman named Carter. Duncan finds himself with Caitlin, a young, extremely, weight-conscious gun-control lobbyist. "The foursome, all beyond therapy, eventually become snowbound in a New England cabin where they attempt to unravel the maze of their mismatched couplings. Acerbic barbs accumulate with the density of the ongoing blizzard" (Variety). When the dust clears, Evie and Duncan's divorce is in shambles and true love endures. Variety wrote: "Gun-Shy, Dresser's edgy comedy about a divorced couple whose separation proves as unsuccessful as their marriage, features the playwright's wonderfully barbed dialogue and characters whose quirks never stay into cartoon-land… Dresser's one-liners hit the comic mark." Gun-Shy premiered at the Actors Theatre of Louisville and ran at Playwrights Horizons in New York. Flexible set.

Play details
Status:  In Stock
Type of show:  Full-Length
Catalog Code:  G63
Cast Size:  5
No. of Act(s):  2
Pages:  71
Royalty:  $80.00 /perf.*
Cost:  $9.95
Approx. Running Time:  90 min.
Target Audience: High School | College and Adult
Performing Group: College Theatre | Community Theatre | Stock & Lort
Genre: Comedy
ISBN (10): 0871298791
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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