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Tuesday January 13, 2015 in Books
Canadaâ€™s top playwright sears the page with three new darkly comic plays that denounce political culture, individualism, and the accompanying moral depravity.
The title play, Dead Metaphor, examines the collision of a politicianâ€™s personal and professional lives, complicated by a sonâ€™s return from Afghanistan.
In The Ravine, a mayoral candidate earns that his ex-wife is living in a gully nearby and wants to put a hit on him.
The Burden of Self-Awareness has money at the centre of a dramatic conflict of values.
Each of the three plays is populated by characters trying to navigate the increasingly blurred lines of whatâ€™s right and wrong â€“ trying to always stay informed, alert, and ready to act for the common good. Or just to get even.
ISBN 13: 9780889229280 | ISBN 10:
6 W x 9 H inches | 208 pages
$19.95 CAN / $19.95 US
Backlist | Drama
QUOTES OF NOTE
PRAISE FOR DEAD METAPHOR:
â€œgritty, grungy and in your face. Its humour drips like drops of liquid tranquillizer designed to soothe undercurrents of lethal pain. While the playâ€™s mind-numbing rage fuels anger, its excoriating comedy leaves you breathless. â€¦ Did I say Walkerâ€™s work is threatening and provocative, theatre that ought to be seen? Well, it is. The language is unremittingly rough, but true. These people talk like they think.â€
â€“Â Hamilton Spectator
â€œWalkerâ€™s script churns up politics and violence, economic injustice and the lingering emotional trauma of war, culminating in a zany second act where murder seems like the only way out. â€¦ The script has boundless empathy for the emotional, social and moral burdens placed on its male characters â€¦â€
â€œfunny, disturbing and highly reflective of our drastically divided post-Sept. 11 political climate. The playwright, a master of the theatrical twist, turns conventional wisdom on its headâ€
â€“ Finger Lakes Times
â€œan important play â€¦ there is plenty of raunchy humor (with the emphasis on raunchy, so be prepared), and even a kernel or two of truth, which are more than enough to make your experience worthwhile â€¦ while youâ€™ll laugh all night, you might also squirm a little from time to time. I highly recommend the experience.â€
â€“ Finger Lakes Times
PRAISE FOR THE RAVINE:
â€œa gritty, dark comedy â€¦ Brimming with timely political commentaryâ€
â€“ Today Magazine
â€œa dark, dirty good time â€¦ gloriously unhingedâ€
â€“ Niagara Falls Review
â€œfilled with clever lines and moments as well as death, desperation, love, treachery and opportunity.â€
â€“ Descant blog
PRAISE FOR THE BURDEN OF SELF AWARENESS:
â€œspirited and merciless â€¦Â exceedingly dark â€¦Â ends GCTCâ€™s current season with an admirable bang.â€
â€“ Ottawa Citizen
â€œbold, vulgar and absolutely brilliant. â€¦ so fast moving, so funny, so enticing in its debauchery, you never want it to end.â€
â€“ Ottawa Life magazine
â€œhilarious and witty, dark and just a little shocking at times â€¦ well worth seeingâ€
â€“ On Stage Ottawa
About the ContributorsGeorge F. Walker
George F. Walker has been one of Canadaâ€™s most prolific and popular playwrights since his career in theatre began in the early 1970s.
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