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A Prelude to a Kiss and Other Plays by Craig Lucas
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Apr 29, 2012

it was amazing

Lucas is one of the more interesting dramatic writers of the bottom quarter of the 20th century. His plays are an evocative mix of deeply human, fantastically absurd, stylistically daring and yet utterly relatable human experience. PRELUDE TO A KISS is a classic- funny and romantic and saw; MISSING PERSONS is equally as bittersweet, taking the somewhat tired premise of a family Thanksgiving as the setting for family drama, and re-inventing it with a supporting cast of living ghosts; THREE POSTCARDS is like a chamber musical chick flick version of "My Dinner With Andre" and pulls at heart strings even as it amuses for tremendous wit and repartee between three good friends whose lives are played out in flashbacks and forward glances, even as the dinner they share plays out in real time. There's something about Lucas' work that charms and challenges at the same time- a rare combination- and he refrains from the usual post-modern tricks of being shocking or derivative, preferring to re-invent the normal and mundane to show us just how significant and profound the act of living and loving can be.

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