Baby with the bathwater, and, Laughing wild: two plays
“Laughing wild amid severest woe” perfectly describes the fiercely ironic comedy of Christopher Durang’s Laughing Wild (which takes its title from this Thomas Gray quotation via Samuel Beckett) and the previously unpublished Baby with the Bathwater. In Laughing Wild, two comic monologues evolve into a man and a woman’s shared nightmare of modern life and the isolation it creates. From her turf battles at the supermarket to the desperate clichés of self-affirmation he learns at his “personality workshop,” they run the gamut of everyday life’s small brutalizations until they meet, with disastrous inevitability, at the Harmonic Convergence in Central Park.
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ANGELA anyway asked audience baked potato bassinet Bathwater Billy breathe cards child Christopher Durang crazy CYNTHIA DAISY Daisy's dead dear dream dressed Edie Sedgwick eyes father feel felt fuck funny Gabriel going Goodbye Gulliver's Travels Happy birthday Harmonic Convergence hate head HELEN Hello homosexuals Infant of Prague insane intercom Jerry Zaks JOHN KATE Keith Reddin kill kilt Laughing Wild laundry Lights dim listening little girl mean Miss PRINGLE Mommy Mother Theresa move movie NANNY never night Nyquil offstage parents person Phil Donahue play Playwrights Horizons PRINCIPAL Ruth Westheimer Sally Jessy Raphael SCENE scream sexual sing sleep smile someone sorry sort sound staring starts to cry supermarket SUSAN talk taxi tell Thank theatre there's things thought tion tooth toy duck tuna fish aisle VOICE What's WOMAN wrong