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Lips Together, Teeth Apart

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The author of such critically acclaimed plays as The Lisbon Traviata and Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, Terrence McNally has graced the American theater with a voice that captures our fear of intimacy in the modern age with dead-on insight, wit, and poignancy. But never has he blended these disparate elements into such a brilliantly cohesive whole as he has in Li ...more
Paperback, 112 pages
Published May 1st 1992 by Plume
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Jul 08, 2014 Kaethe rated it it was amazing
Sometime after college, but before I left Atlanta, there was a bit of a bruhaha over the staging of this play in Marietta (home of the Big Chicken). Although I'd otherwise stopped reading so many scripts, I had to pick this one up, just to see what the problem was. Apparently, the problem was the title itself. I hate people sometimes.
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The dialogue is flawless and inner monologues are haunting. Wonderfully written for people who lived in the early 1990's (back when homophobia was accepted), but now the characters feel a bit more stereotyped. It would be a huge acting challenge. I didn't love this script, but I feel like it's story will stay with me for awhile.
Aug 19, 2008 Kristian rated it liked it
Good. But I wanted more interaction between the straights with the gay neighbors. Those moments brought out an intriguing look into the straight psyche and how they really feel about gays. I wanted this to be a critique on homophobia--but that was overshadowed by infidelity and an illness (cancer) that is brought up in the beginning and forgotten about until the last scene.

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normal play how two couples get together for fourth of July. and of course there is going to be cursing, cheating, and fighting. personally, i wanted to smack Chloe, but that it my opinion. i also feel that you could tell who were the characters on the cover with the play
Aug 01, 2011 Playwright42 rated it it was ok
Oh dear god. One of the worst plays I've ever read. Why. . .
May 17, 2012 Andrew rated it liked it
Sometimes very good, but can get a little confusing.
Aug 25, 2013 Rick rated it really liked it
I absolutely adore Terrence McNally's dialogue. I would dare say it ranks up there with the fast-paced, intelligence of Aaron Sorkin's dialogue. I also liked the juxtaposition of the beach setting against this social awkwardness between brother/sister and their respective spouses. I am also fascinated by the different stages in the AIDS crisis, from the initial outbreak and hysteria, to the more "settled" move into the early '90's. I feel like this play captures a time where people were dying fr ...more
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