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Laughing Wild and Baby with the Bathwater: Two Plays

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“Laughing wild amid severest woe” perfectly describes the fiercely ironic comedy of Christopher Durang’s Laughing Wild (which takes its title from this Thomas Gray quotation via Samuel Beckett) and the previously unpublished Baby with the Bathwater. In Laughing Wild, two comic monologues evolve into a man and a woman’s shared nightmare of modern life and the isolation it c ...more
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Published January 12th 1994 by Grove Press (first published January 12th 1989)
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mark monday
Feb 03, 2014 mark monday rated it liked it
this is a collection of two plays and a couple afterwards by eccentric playwright Christopher Durang. he probably reached his pinnacle in the 80s, but his body of work is still quite relevant (and his plays are considered reliable standbys) in modern absurdist theatre.

he has a great website that provides an overview of his work:

if you ever watch an interview with him, you will see a really charming, amusing and down-to-earth guy. I had a bit of a crush on him bac
Jan 31, 2014 Marissa rated it liked it
I first encountered these plays when I was in high school and Christopher Durang was a favorite among the theater kids. I laughed at the irreverent, naughty absurdities of Baby with the Bathwater, and a friend of mine did the Laughing Wild tuna fish monologue in acting class. Returning to these plays ten years later, I am no longer so enchanted by their kooky irrationality, but I am more attuned to their undercurrents of sorrow and outrage. I can also see their flaws a little more clearly: as Du ...more
Feb 21, 2013 Henry rated it it was ok
During the afterword, Durang likens himself to Ionesco and Albee - ?? - unfortunately Durang does not live up to these comparisons. Though his career has a few highlights, Durang's absurdism is overall ineffective. The problem with these plays is that they are not absurdist enough and come across as silly or just plain lazy playwriting. With a little more work in the direction of realism, I would have cared about characters like Helen and John (Baby) or Man and Woman (Laughing Wild). With a litt ...more
Terence Manleigh
Today’s premier practitioner of absurdist theater and the funniest playwright alive, Christopher Durang gives us two more gems. “Baby with the Bathwater” is a hilarious look at dysfunctional parenting and one young man’s search for identity after his folks mistakenly named him Daisy and spent his childhood dressing him in pretty frocks. “Laughing Wild” is a surreal piece with two brilliantly funny, touching monologues and then what can only be described as an Acid Trip in One Act, featuring Sall ...more
Jun 03, 2014 Jasia rated it really liked it
Comedy with a heaping teaspoon of arsenic. Psychological upset abound. The Afterwords are as thought provoking as the plays themselves. Both plays were delightful to me, and I'm a hopeless fan of Durang.
May 09, 2009 Sara rated it really liked it
The play Baby with Bathwater is really amazing and amusing in a twisted way like all Durang plays, Laughing Wild though is still good, yet is mainly monologues, making it slightly hard to get through compared to the rest of his plays.
Jan 04, 2015 Carmen rated it it was ok
Meh. The first play in this collection did nothing for me. The second was better, with some decent social commentary, which is mostly outdated now.
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Loved Baby with the Bathwater & hated Laughing Wild. I actually saw a production of Baby with the Bathwater at my college & loved it.
Sep 02, 2008 Kelda rated it liked it
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Ha Ha, more like an example of how not to parent! Devon got this for me when I was pregnant since he had once been Daisy in a production of this play ("Baby with the Bathwater").
Courtney Tisch
He is just amazing, that's all there is to it.
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