Tales of the Lost Formicans

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Broadway Play Pub., 1990 - Drama - 80 pages
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This witty and passionate play explores the story of a man with Alzheimer's and at the same time turns into "a travel guide to Middle America conducted by aliens from outer space." The play has a wonderful comic sensibility, but this is a chillingly painful play addressing postmodern society's collective nervous breakdown. "If not the best new play of recent years, surely this is the most imaginative. Constance Congdon's brilliant Off-Broadway script wryly deflects the story of a man with Alzheimer's disease into a travel guide to Middle America conducted by aliens." -William Henry III, Time "Constance Congdon's TALES OF THE LOST FORMICANS is a treat in so many ways - starting with its deliciously wry title ... you shouldn't miss it: Congdon is a new voice, and her innumerable small triumphs are achieved with a freshness of spirit, with a humor and charm so distinctively individual, that one just wants to hear more and more from her ... Congdon's aliens are a fluidly shifting metaphor for her own complex relation to the subject of her drama, a lower-middle suburban family coping with three generations' worth of stress simultaneously ..." -Michael Feingold, Village Voice ..". a savagely uncompromising play of searching insights, biting wit and all too recognizable home truths ... There are laughs, wit and humor, but this is a chillingly painful play. Congdon is a terrific playwright with sure command of language and her subject ..." -Polly Warfield, Drama-Logue "Congdon's writing creates dialogue that crackles with wit, imagination and incisive passion ..." -A J Esta, Drama-Logue

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This play looks at the impact of Alzheimers, but with a twist. The story is narrated by aliens trying to make sense of this culture, and watching the shenanigans going on with amusement. A three ... Read full review

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