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Stone Cold Dead Serious: And Other Plays

by Adam Rapp

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A rather extreme and far-fetched play, that still has something just because it dares to disregard limitations. In that it feels relievingly un-american. But on the other hand it often gets tiresome in it's attempts at being dangerous. The stab at reality TV feels dated and tired already (hello Running man) and the description of women is more than a little covered in old moss. Can't see my theatre staging this. But it had me reading til the end in fairly good mood, at least. ( )
  GingerbreadMan | Jun 15, 2009 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0571211399, Paperback)

Recent plays from "one of the more daring young stylists working today" (David Cote, Time Out New York)

Adam Rapp's plays have captivated audiences across the country with their unflinching explorations of the good, the bad, and the ugly in America's heartland and cities. Gathered here are three of his latest works: Faster, in which two young grifters try to strike a deal with the devil during the hottest summer on record; Finer Noble Gases, a lament for a band of arrested thirty-year-olds slouching toward adulthood amid East Village decay; and the Off-Broadway hit Stone Cold Dead Serious. An honest, strange, and humorous look at a blue-collar family struggling to survive in the face of disability and addiction, and the seemingly surreal lengths their teenage son will go to save them from themselves, the play prompted Bruce Weber to rave in The New York Times: "Rapp is very gifted, and, even rarer, he has something to say . . . Stone Cold Dead Serious [is] brave, compassionate, and . . . breathtakingly moving. It is the work of a playwright who is forging a real voice . . . Its rendering of the shared language of loved ones illustrates how families can remain intimate even when they are in shards. Its depiction of a working-class America that is unable to dream of anything beyond enduring is as sincerely sad a commentary on our culture as I've seen in recent memory. And its fear for young people is, unfortunately, deeply convincing."

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