Exit, Pursued by a Bear: Biting New Comedy of Revenge
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Winner of both a Tony and a Pulitzer Prize, Wendy Wasserstein fearlessly borrowed from her own personality when creating the protagonists of plays such as The Heidi Chronicles, Old Money and The Sisters Rosensweig. These characters tended to be like herself -- intelligent, funny, liberal, and immensely accomplished. The heroine of Third, Wasserstein's last work before her untimely death at age 56, is similarly gifted ... but also smug, over-confident and dangerously shallow. Laurie Jameson is a professor at an elite liberal arts college and a steadfast feminist. When one of her students turns in a paper she finds far too good for such a "privileged white male" to have written, she starts a plagiarism investigation that quickly morphs into a review of her own prejudices. In no other play is Wasserstein as witty, as compassionate, or as critical of her own beliefs, as in Third, the capstone to one of the most distinguished careers in Broadway history. Learn More
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Featured review from Thomas Anderson
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It was funny and poignant. It was good to see a women who had empowered herself enough to get out of a bad realtionship. We could see that he had often apologized and tried to sweet talk his way around his bad behavior but this time Nan wasn't having it.
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- “It's funny and quick, [and Lauren Gunderson] is emerging as an up-and-coming Bay Area playwright.” —<em>San Francisco Chronicle </em>
Directed by Keri Healy
From Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale, comes one of the most famous and provocative stage directions of all time: "Exit, pursued by a bear." This line has served as the title of books, as punch line to jokes, the name of an Irish rock band, and now, a new play.
Lauren Gunderson says that Exit, Pursued by a Bear “is mean and beautiful, uncalled for and giddy, feminine and burly ... The first half is vicious and full of dread and injustice. The second half is a romantic-comedy. It’s this blending of tones (delightful and dreadful) and structure (drama and comedy) that Bear attempts to echo. The characters in Bear do not know that they’re in a comedy.”
The play is full of contradictions and juxtapositions – humor about serious things, the Southern and the Shakespearean, love and hate and violence and justice and bears and karaoke. Gunderson adds, “And here’s a spoiler: whereas Shakespeare ends his comedies with a marriage and song, Exit, Pursued by a Bear ends with a road trip and karaoke.”