THE STORY: This is a contest, played like Parcheesi, in which the contestant advances or is sent back through the seven ages of man. The Author has written a parody of life with such incisiveness that it becomes like Swift in its barbs. The play creates a picture of man from birth until death, with all its madness, with all its familiarity and with all its nonsense. What’s more, a quartet consisting of the games master, the male players and the female players assist the incomparable contestant from “mewling infant” to “second childishness and mere oblivion.” Incident after incident makes you laugh and suddenly makes you stop and think that maybe you’re laughing at yourself.
One of Off-Broadway’s all-time successes (on a double-bill with Terrence McNally’s Next), this excruciatingly funny and truly satiric play examines and dissects the shortcomings of modern society with rare wit and inventiveness. “…just plain marvelous.” —NY Times. “…a brilliant, funny and original one-acter.” —NY Newsday. “It is witty and sound and very funny.” —The New Yorker.