Playwright Christopher Durang's career began with productions at Yale University, starring young classmates of his with names like Meryl Streep and Sigourney Weaver. Forty years later he's established himself as a master of satire, achieving acclaim also as an actor and screenwriter. In honor of the bard, Desert Rose Playhouse (6921 Montgomery NE) is devoting its summer programming to three installations of his work. The first series, Durang-Durang, includes absurdist shorts like the Tennessee Williams spoof "For Whom the Southern Belle Tolls," and runs through July 1. Tonight’s show kicks off at 8 p.m.
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Mix, Match and Meander
Desert Rose’s Durang series struggles to pin down a prickly playwright
There are certain playwrights whose brilliance is transcendent. When it comes to staging one of their plays, the selection, venue or even language doesn’t matter. Factors like the director, artistry of the set design or budget size—these may change or even heighten the experience, but no matter the circumstances, the power of the play will shine through. Christopher Durang is not one of these playwrights.