The End of the Day


Jon Robin Baitz

Published by Samuel French Inc

This comic foray into greed and indifference stars a dissipated expatriate British doctor turned hustler in Los Angeles

When the cad abandons his Beverly Hills practice and rich wife, his former father in law, a gangster, demands repayment of the hefty sum spent to educate and set him up in practice. He traipses off to London to beg from his estranged family

The doctor is a perfect foil for the remaining cast members who each play an American and a British role, all of them splendidly hilarious

The doctor eventually ties the evils of his worlds into one smashingly corrupt con that entangles international shipping, a movie studio, a priceless Stubbs canvas, a cocaine network and a beneficent foundation

The playwright's comic net ensnares Los Angeles and London, health care, the mob, the film and the art worlds, disillusioned lefties, lost fathers, loveless mothers, disposable wives, and the selfishly charitable in his hilarious portrayal of a hapless world

"Even funnier [than] Substance of Fire.... A joy to behold" ~ Wall Street Journal

"Bleak yet hilarious.... A field day for actors" ~ N.Y. Times

"Raucous" ~ N.Y. Newsday

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