Life Under Water - Life Underwater


Richard Greenberg

Published by Dramatists Play Service

2 Male 3 Female

The setting is the present day Hamptons, that sun drenched stretch of expensive ocean frontage where the rich and privileged while away their summers

Two attractive college girls, Amy-Joy and Amy-Beth, are looking for a good time, and think they have found it in the person of Kip, a handsome preppie who is in flight from the lavish home he shares with his divorced, domineering and bitingly sophisticated mother and her narcissistic married lover

And romance does develop, if not quite in the manner anticipated, as the triangular affair of the young people is deftly counterpointed against the vapid relation-ship of the older couple

But while high comedy and sharp observation prevail, the play yields a lacerating portrait of a contemporary upper middle-class that is, sadly and humorously, bored, self-indulgent and emotionally reckless

"Life Under Water is no mere gem. It is a full-bodied 45-minute work that marks the arrival of a young playwright with a big future" ~ NY Times

"A fully realized piece of high comedy, sharply observed and rich in feeling" ~ Village Voice

"Greenberg, like a champion fencer, hits with the fewest, fastest, most economical strokes right to the heart. And with what witty disenchantment, what heartbreaking humor!" ~ NY Magazine

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