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The Crowd You're in With

3.3  ·  Rating Details ·  37 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
A Fourth of July backyard barbecue is the setting for Rebecca Gilman's new play, "The Crowd You're in With", a funny, thought-provoking, ultimately disquieting exploration of the question of whether to have children. Melinda and Jasper, the hosts, are deeply divided by the issue; Tom and Karen, their landlords, decided long ago to remain childless; Windsong and her husband ...more
Paperback, 96 pages
Published August 18th 2009 by Northwestern University Press (first published 2009)
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Sean
Apr 28, 2011 Sean rated it really liked it
Recommended to Sean by: Susie
Shelves: drama, 2011
So yeah, Rebecca Gilman is pretty much my favorite. "The Crowd You're In With" is an examination of three couples, one couple who have decided not to have children, one couple who are pregnant, and one couple who are trying, so far unsuccessfully, to get pregnant, and who may not both be committed to the decision. The setting is a social one -- the three couples (and later a single friend) get together for a barbecue on July 4th, and eventually the conversation turns to parenthood, with the diff ...more
Doug
Mar 02, 2015 Doug rated it really liked it
Gilman really writes terrific, relatable, realistic dialogue, and her plays are always intriguing investigations of real-life dilemmas. This examination of why people choose to have or NOT have children gets to some core relationships issues with both humor and insight. And it has a killer closing coda.
Robert
Apr 25, 2013 Robert rated it it was ok
Gilman's dialogue and the fervor with which her characters conduct themselves are what get you through the play. Pretty much everything else just bogs you down. The drama is uneventful and not until the very end does one feel like there's a point to any of this.
Lauri
Sep 07, 2015 Lauri rated it it was amazing
This was a superb play. The characters were so real, so true. I loved the build-up in the Jasper character and that Tom and Karen were more than 2 dimensional. No one was a bad guy even though some of the stances are not popular. Really terrific.
Susie
Apr 07, 2010 Susie rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Sean, Alison
Shelves: plays
This is my new favorite play by Rebecca Gilman. It didn't have any of the dark, twisted nature I usually enjoy in her plays but instead showed all the dimensions of the arguments for and against having children. I found something very touching and sad about it.
Tim Sailer
Aug 27, 2010 Tim Sailer rated it it was ok
Rather boring and not theatrical at all.
This is kind of like "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf" - lite and in 2007.


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Saw this at the Goodman a few years ago.
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