by Lisa D’Amour
In a suburb of a mid-sized American city, Ben and Mary welcome their new neighbours, Sharon and Kenny, who have moved in to the long-empty house next door. Fuelled by backyard barbecues and booze, their sudden friendship rapidly veers out of control, as inhibitions are obliterated and the fragility of Ben and Mary’s off-the-shelf lifestyle is laid bare.
I just think there is no real communication anymore, real communication about real things, about that steak or that sliding glass door…
Lisa D’Amour’s brutal, hilarious play makes its London premiere in a new production by Austin Pendleton, who directed its hugely acclaimed premiere at Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre.
I’m moving to the woods with my friend Mary. With chipmunks and baby deer for neighbors. Fuck this bullshit place.
‘Terrific. This scary-funny comedy speaks to the fractious, frightened American moment more perceptively than any play I’ve seen.’
New York Times
Original production by Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre Company
This production ran from 8 May - 15 June 2012
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