Why Torture Is Wrong, And The People Who Love Them
Written by CHRISTOPHER DURANG
Directed by NICHOLAS MARTIN
—Ben Brantley, The New York Times
"A smashing new play with a serious taste for the blissfully, unapologetically silly! The entire ensemble, with the hilarious Kristine Nielsen, never misses a beat."
—John Heilpern, The New York Observer
“You may laugh yourself silly! This carnival of lunacy swept me into its joyous whirligig. Laura Benanti offers more than a star turn; I’d call it a constellation.”
—John Simon, Bloomberg News
“A hilarious, topsy-turvy look at a world that is definitely off-kilter.”
—Mike Kuchwara, Associated Press
Back at The Public for another world premiere of a new play, Christopher Durang turns political humor upside down with this raucous and provocative satire about America’s growing homeland “insecurity.” Why Torture is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them tells the story of a young woman suddenly in crisis: Is her new husband, whom she married when drunk, a terrorist? Or just crazy? Or both? Is her father’s hobby of butterfly collecting really a cover for his involvement in a shadow government? Why does her mother enjoy going to the theater so much? Does she seek mental escape, or is she insane? Honing in on our private terrors both at home and abroad, Durang oddly relieves our fears in this black comedy for an era of yellow, orange, and red alerts.
Performance contains the use of smoke effects.
Tuesday, March 24 - Sunday, May 10
Tuesday at 7pm
Wednesday - Friday at 8pm
Saturday at 2pm & 8pm
Sunday at 2pm & 7pm
Added Performance: Mon 4/27 at 8pm
No Performance/Unavailable: Tues 4/28 at 7pm
Limited Availability: Thurs 4/23 at 7pm
Post-show Discussion: Tues 4/21
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Full Price Waiting List Tickets:
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$25 tickets are available for advance purchase at the box office for every downtown theater performance on sale to the general public. Must have a valid student ID at the time of purchase. Limit 1 ticket per person.