2nd\NW Quadrant: The Approval Matrix
The Marriage of Bette and Boo is a dark comedy that takes a look at the complex marriage of Bette and Boo. Three decades of marriage, divorce, alcoholism, nervous breakdowns and death - all blended in a unique mix of irony, humor and farce - are played out in 33 quick scenes.
review of the play for Variety, "Taking a wry, absurdist view of life's unfathomable cruelties is a specialty of Christopher Durang, but even by the playwright's own standards, the characters in "The Marriage of Bette and Boo" have little to laugh about. Since the play premiered at the Public Theater in 1985, the appetite for dark-hued irony has grown steadily, making themes like marital misery, family dysfunction, alcoholism, emotional instability, religion and death into standard fodder for comedy. So it's all the more surprising that, whether in giddy or melancholy mode, the play remains sharp, funny and affecting more than 20 years later."
A conversation about THE MARRIAGE OF BETTE AND BOO with platwright Christopher Durang and Roundabout's Artistic Director Todd Haimes.
The Marriage of Bette and Boo
June 12 - September 7, 2008
Harold and Miriam Steinberg
Center for Theatre
111 West 46th St (6th & 7th Aves)
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