Becky Shaw

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Dramatists Play Service Inc, 2010 - Drama - 71 pages
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"I'm also going to give you some advice. Your husband is not the Red Cross. The last time he started consoling a cute, suicidal chick, he married her. "

"Becky Shaw" is an amusing and cleverly constructed comedy about ambition, the cost of being truthful, and the perils of a blind date. The fast and funny dialogue navigates between five distinctively perverse and disingenuously dysfunctional characters.

The plot is as follows: from the moment that Becky arrives overdressed for her blind date with straight-talking Max, it's clear the evening won't go to plan. In the immediate fallout, Becky becomes an object of devotion for her boss Andrew, who appears to have a fetish for vulnerable women. In turn Andrew's wife Suzanna turns to her step-brother Max for comfort, and their mutual desire begins to resurface.

Gina Gionfriddo's masterful play is a biting American comedy with sharp, witty dialogue and a carefully crafted yet unforced story arc. Character-driven, "Becky Shaw" is a comic tale of tangled love lives and a subtle but acerbic comedy of manners.


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User Review  - Waterxpolo - Goodreads

Intense relationships and communication but no real storyline. This play felt generic to me and very unmemorable. The lack of character development is probably the reason I have to give it such a low ... Read full review

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User Review  - Sarah - Goodreads

This play needs a different ending. MINI SPOILER: It sets itself up to be a tragedy, and everything kind of works out "meh-okay" in the end. A real let-down. And why is the play called Becky Shaw? She ... Read full review

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About the author (2010)

Gina Gionfriddo is an American writer whose plays include "After Ashley, U.S Drag, Squalor and America's Got Tragedy." She has won an Obie Award, the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, the Helen Merrill Prize for Emerging Playwrights, and a Guggenheim Fellowship.

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