The Disturbing Comedy Of Christopher Durang

Explores the elements of comedy found throughout much of Christopher Durang’s plays.

This paper is written about comedy found in Christopher Durang works. In an effort to explore these three thematic elements within this playwright’s work, two of his plays will be looked at very thoroughly. Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All for You, a play first produced in 1979, will provide a look at these motifs in his early work; and Betty’s Summer Vacation, a play that premiered in 1999, will balance this out with a look at his later work. However, examples from work throughout Mr. Durang’s career will also be presented within the context of this paper.