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Steve Tesich

Published by Samuel French Inc

1 Male 4 Female

This brilliantly caustic play is built around a self absorbed drama critic who judges theatre and life by the same criteria - to absurd extremes

He is confronted by the bitter, alienated women who have suffered from his unyielding clinical detachment and his determination to judge suffering, global and personal, by its dramatic impact on him

These include his ex-wife, a former actress who is losing her grip; his tragic daughter, a stand up comedienne; his forlornly empathetic old mother and his acrimonious housekeeper and confidante

The critic longs for human contact but conducts his life as a series of pat scenes that avoid the messy and tangled issues of real relationships

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