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Red Light Winter

3.86 of 5 stars 3.86  ·  rating details  ·  328 ratings  ·  19 reviews
It's totally familiar but dreamlike at the same time," observes one American of Amsterdam's notorious Red Light District in the stunning new work from Adam Rapp. Escaping their lives in Manhattan, former college buddies Matt and Davis take off to the Netherlands and find themselves thrown into a bizarre love triangle with a beautiful young prostitute named Christina. But t ...more
Paperback, 97 pages
Published December 27th 2005 by Faber & Faber
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Mar 09, 2015 Tim rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: theatre
This play (and this playwright) were getting some attention when I read this, so I was expecting something new and exciting. There was nothing really new here, however. It is pretty straitforward realism, with a fairly interesting story set-up: 2 young American friends, traveling around Amsterdam together, both get attracted to the same woman. She only likes one of them - arrogant, entertaining, hotshot Davis, who has no intention of taking her seriously. Lonely, melancholy playwright Matt might ...more
Jonathan Francisco
Well, what can I say? He broke my heart with The Year of Endless Sorrows. He broke my heart again with this one. It's like being inlove with someone who's inlove with someone else.

Really dug this book for quite a while, until it took a turn for the super weird. Rapp's in-depth knowledge of the East Village is appealing, and he "nails" it in terms of capturing the essence of quarter-life wanderlust. The distinction of calling an apartment "cozy" instead of "small" in terms of enhancing perceived bang for your buck is so spot-on, too.

This book made me want to drop everything and go backpack via Europe's youth hostels. Minus the prostitutes, of course.

And man, would I love
Asa Merritt
Two dudes and a prostitute. Love triangle. Powerful ending.
Phil Keeling
What does one say about a beautifully written story that they gained nothing from? Rapp's style and dialogue are absurdly good, and yet I came away from this play with a pointless bleakness that I hadn't felt in some time.

Don't misunderstand me: I do not mind sad endings. The literary world is filled with masterpieces that resolve in tragedy: and for good reason. I, however, was unconvinced as to the hows and whys of Rapp's dirge-like ending.

Rapp's dialogue is terrific--I'll give him that. The w

Probably my favorite contemporary play. There's a substantial amount of vulgarity that is innate to Rapp, but it's worthwhile to look past it and see how touching and smart the story is. It's the kind of story where you recognize aspects of yourself though the details are completely different.
Laura Baker
Very male-centered - doesn't give much consideration to a female point of view. It still has it's place, I suppose. Very engaging and exciting (especially for what is essentially a story about two white dudes).
This is a play that examines the way we fill the emptiness in our lives so well that there is no way you won't be thinking about this one after you’re done with it.

Lindsay Harris
It excited me and broke my heart. Read the play, then the introduction, then read the play again. The last scene will be different for you.
Stephanie Franco
Tragic ending. Wicked. How could something like that happen? Why should it? I feel for each of them. Adam Rapp is exquisite. He is a great writer.
I wasn't a huge fan of this play. It was interesting and I liked it and almost played the main role, but it's not my first choice.
Haunting and heartbreaking. This play pushes the envelope the way good theatre should, daring to ask the questions that should be asked.
Chris Gordon
Pretty dark but I enjoyed the plot.
Didn't actually read it, but I saw the play at Theatre Exile in Philadelphia, Pa. It was amazing. Great writing.
A real heart breaker, I had to reread the ending at least three times to make sure it actually happened.
Nov 03, 2013 Matt rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: plays
The play has a strong first act, but is absolutely lacking in the second, though I can't exactly say how.
Again, great dialogue among his characters.
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Crazy awesome
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