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Beyond Therapy

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Bruce and Prudence are deeply into therapy. Prudence's macho therapist is urging her to be more assertive while Bruce's wacky female therapist wants him to meet women by placing a personal ad. She does not fully comprehend that Bruce has a male lover who is not pleased by Bruce's desire to date a woman: Prudence. Bruce doesn't know how to handle poor nervous Prudence and P

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Paperback, 120 pages
Published February 17th 2011 by Samuel French, Inc. (first published June 1983)
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Steve Kallaugher
Sep 09, 2014 Steve Kallaugher rated it really liked it
I really don't mean this as brag but I was in a production of this play that was so good, Durang heard about it and came to see. I only mean to say two things:

1)This play is so well written, he made it easy to be good.

2) Having spent a lot of time with it, I came to appreciate how well structured it is; how pointed the satire is; and how laugh-until-you-hurt it is.

There was Joe Orton, then there was Chris Durang, and then there was the late, lamented Harry Kondoleon. Masters of seriously funny,
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Ashley Nettlebeck
Jun 02, 2010 Ashley Nettlebeck rated it it was amazing
This book is also a play it’s very humorous and somewhat ironic. Through the large amount of controversy in the end things somewhat straighten out. In this book 2 opposites work together solve their personal issues. Like in real life how people in real life do. When there's like counseling groups. A bunch of people with numerous problems work through them by relating how they feel and supporting each other. This book was very funny. One of my favorite lines was when the girl said," You’re a prem ...more
Emrys
Jan 13, 2013 Emrys rated it liked it
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Despite myself, I really enjoyed this play. It always takes me awhile to warm up to Christopher Durang’s plays because his characters are all such charicatures of themselves. I prefer more “real” characters in my stories typically and see one-dimensional characters as a sign of weak writing. However Christopher Durang uses his crazy characters as a device to show the extremes of all of us. He is usually pretty effective at this, and Beyond Therapy is no exception.

In fact, it is exceptionally ef
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Alex Mayer
May 22, 2014 Alex Mayer rated it really liked it
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Utterly ridiculous. An absolute blast to read.
David
Mar 17, 2012 David rated it really liked it
Really really terrific stuff. Why isn't Durang performed more often? The scathing look at therapy, its faults and flaws, and the wonderfully broken people that try to fix themselves is timely, beyond hysterical, and ultimately pretty moving. I wish the second act kept the momentum that the first act had, it does lose a bit of steam, but overall, really smart stuff. Nobody does the absurdist satire better.
Amy
Feb 13, 2012 Amy rated it it was amazing
This script was absolutely delightful! I had to read it for my Introduction to Theatre class, but I would recommend it to anyone who has an interest in Drama or Therapy. I would love to see a production of the play someday! :)
Chambers Stevens
Jul 06, 2013 Chambers Stevens rated it really liked it
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This was my first exposure to the wild world of Christopher Durang.
I remember really liking it at the time.
And in the years since I have seen many scenes from it in my class.
But don't rent the film.
Horrible.
Lyric
Jun 30, 2009 Lyric rated it really liked it
One of the funniest plays I have ever been in. Durang is truly one of the most deranged playwrights to have ever lived.
Ty
Nov 23, 2008 Ty rated it really liked it
I read this for the first time in '99 but I am re-reading it because I am able to appreciate a lot more layers to it now.
Stephen Robinson
Sep 16, 2012 Stephen Robinson rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite plays. I have fond memories of performing a scene as Bruce for my acting class in college.
Gabie (OwlEyesReviews)
This wasn't funny....It was trying to be funny but in a very unfunny way.
Caeylin
Dec 09, 2008 Caeylin rated it it was amazing
Hilariously funny! I wish we were all as sane as Charlotte.
Heather
Aug 09, 2011 Heather rated it really liked it
Hilarious! I want to be in all of his plays!
Mariah Frost
Absolutely hilarious and a quick read!
Amy Rizz
Feb 19, 2013 Amy Rizz rated it it was amazing
Best play ever written PERIOD
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