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ISBN: 978-0-8222-1670-4
Full length, Comedy/Drama
3 men, 2 women
Total Cast: 5, Flexible Set
FEE: $80 per performance.
THE STORY: Clare, Matty and Val were the best of friends in college. Now approaching thirty, they find themselves struggling with careers and relationships—unhappy, yet fearful of change. The three gather, along with Val's husband, Harris, at a country house in Connecticut for a weekend of escape and reminiscence. But this awkward reunion is interrupted by the lovestruck Jim, an office temp with whom Clare had a brief affair. Heedless of the circumstances, Jim proves to be the catalyst that pulls apart these delicately maintained relationships. As the friends' betrayals are revealed and the misbegotten weekend hurtles toward its tragicomic conclusion, a candid snapshot of a generation comes into focus. Sharp and witty in its observations, PLUNGE dives through its comic surface to find the melancholy beneath.
"…PLUNGE, Christopher Kyle's…rueful comedy of manners…creates a persuasive, prickly sense of the treacherous ebb and flow of conversation among people who know one another's secrets and are destined to betray them." —NY Times. "…PLUNGE…a naughty little comedy with serious overtones…Underneath both the whimsy and the pain…Kyle knows how to humanize superficiality, to squeeze both the humor and the pathos out of it—until we recognize on stage not only others but also ourselves…It is funny, spicy, and evocative…" —NY Magazine. "Kyle's writing is niftily smart, and his dramatic ideas almost naughtily engaging…this brilliant play…is a play not to miss if you have any interest at all—even a fearful one—in the next millennium." —NY Post. "…a skillful comedy…Kyle depicts [the characters] with wit and, most importantly, sympathy." —NY Daily News.