Becky Shaw by Gina Gionfriddo

What do we owe the people we love and the strangers who land on our doorstep?

An evening calculated to bring happiness takes a dark turn when Suzanna decides to set her best friend Max up on a blind date with her husband’s mysterious, sexy and strange co-worker, Becky Shaw.  She sets into motion a series of cataclysmic events forever changing all of their lives. Mixing sharp wit and humor with the taut suspense of a psychological thriller, Becky Shaw is a comedy of romantic errors that keeps audiences at the edge of their seats guessing what will happen next in this wickedly funny play.

Becky Shaw premiered at the Humana Festival in 2008 and opened off Broadway in 2008.  The play was a finalist for the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

Gina Gionfriddo (she/her) is an American playwright and television writer whose work includes After Ashley, Safe, Trepidation Nation, U.S. Drag (published in “Women Playwrights: The Best Plays of 2002”) and Guinevere.  She has received the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, the Helen Merrill Award for Emerging Playwrights, an Obie Award, a Lucille Lortel Fellowship, and a Rhode Island State Council on the Arts Fellowship. She is best known for Becky Shaw and her play Rapture, Blister, Burn , which was a 2013 finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. She has written for the television series Law & Order.

The reviews:

“Gina Gionfriddo’s comedy of bad manners, a tangled tale of love, sex and ethics among a quartet of men and women in their thirties, is as engrossing as it is ferociously funny, like a big box of fireworks fizzing and crackling across the stage from its first moments to its last…deftly plotted, scabrous and sharp-witted…One of the great pleasures of BECKY SHAW is the way the moral ground keeps shifting underneath your feet.” —NY Times.

“The characters in Gionfriddo’s blind-date-gone-bad black comedy share the potential to revolt…They’re also subversively funny—and improbably charming. Grade: A.” —Entertainment Weekly.

“…scathing, class-conscious comedy…BECKY SHAW exerts a hypnotic pull, thanks in large part to the wonderfully witty dialogue and complex characterizations.” —NY Post.

“Blithely cynical and devastatingly funny…witty observations on the emotional damage inflicted by neurotic people in the name of love…Gionfriddo is some kind of genius.” —Variety.

“The perfect nourishment for theatergoers starved for a dramatic conflagration or two…Gionfriddo’s creations talk with rat-tat-tat ferocity…the laughs flow freely.” —Associated Press.

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