By Ethan Coen
Raising Arizona, Fargo, No nation for outdated males, Burn After Reading–the Coen brothers’ ﬁlms are the most severely acclaimed and iconic of our time. Now, one 1/2 the duo, Ethan Coen, provides playwriting to his eclectic bio. In those 3 brief performs that ran to sold-out audiences Off-Broadway in 2008, the subject matter is hell–both in the world and within the hereafter.
In “Waiting,” a guy faces an doubtful destiny in an doubtful place that appears to be like a few type of ready room. The anxiousness and melancholy hark again to dramas of the ﬁfties–Sartre, Beckett, Pinter.
“Four Benches” depicts an not likely assembly in a steam room among a straight-talking Texan and an uptight Brit. either males research from the come across, even though just one survives it.
In “Debate,” the cantankerous god of the previous testomony roundly abuses the mealymouthed god of the recent. His profanity and unwell humor obtain a startling comeuppance, and additional reversals and adjustments of perspective bring about a denouement that's not more preposterous than anything within the play.
Clever, provocative, and as enticing because the most sensible ﬁction, those performs show off another expertise of 1 of our so much celebrated modern writers.
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