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Blue Surge: A Play by Rebecca Gilman
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Blue Surge: A Play

by Rebecca Gilman

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This is Gilman's best work that I've encountered. If you read only one play this year, it might as well be this.

Curt is the small town cop; Beth is the woman he plans to marry; Sandy is the girl he tries to save.

Channeling the torn-between-two-worlds power of works like Graham
Greene's The Heart of the Matter, Gilman's characters all walk a fine line between hope and hopelessness. They are at times players within and victims to a system and country that gives the poor no reason to believe in themselves.

I think Blue Surge works best as a commentary on the power of (a lack of) education to hold back those in search of "the American Dream," as well as an explorations of the impossibility of sincere dialogue between the classes. Like all finely wrought tragedies, it is gripping from start to finish. ( )
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Curt is a small-town cop in the Midwest; Sandy is the nineteen-year-old prostitute he first tries to arrest, then attempts to help, at the cost of his badge. What Rebecca Gilman makes of this familiar scenario is something startlingly real and compelling, delving deeply into the small space that can divide a feeling of hope from one of hopelessness, as Curt and Sandy both try to get a foothold in the American dream of a house, a job, a life, a relationship with another human being.

Gilman's previous play, Boy Gets Girl, was acclaimed by Time magazine as the best play of 2000, saying that "with Spinning into Butter, her play about race relations on campus, Rebecca Gilman gave notice that she was a playwright to watch. And with this intense drama of a woman's encounter with a stalker, she became one to hail . . . It's not just a gripping play but also an important one." Marked by Gilman's characteristically sharp delineation of character, pitch-perfect dialogue, and effortless use of humor that is both biting and silly, Blue Surge is a worthy successor to these plays--an intimate look at the class struggle in America today as well as a brilliant example of the dramatic craft from one of today's most accomplished practitioners. It will have its world premiere at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago in the spring of 2001.

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