The Realistic Joneses

The Realistic Joneses


Will Eno
Paperback | 88 pages
137 x 216 x 10.16mm | 142g
Publication date
30 Jul 2015
Theatre Communications Group
Bestsellers rank


"Plays as funny and moving, as wonderful and weird as The Realistic Joneses do not appear often on Broadway. Or ever, really... Mr. Eno's voice may be the most singular of his generation." -Charles Isherwood, New York Times "As usual, Eno's dialogue is a marvel of compression and tonal control, trivial chitchat flipping into cosmic profundity with striking ease... There's much to savor: the dry but meaningful banter, the joy of humans sharing time and space, battling the darkness with a joke or silence. Life in Enoland isn't what you'd call realistic -- it's more real than that." -David Cote, Time Out New York "A macabre and melancholy yet strangely delightful comedy... In The Realistic Joneses the world is familiar and, then again, very scary. It's also weird and cruel and profound in all sorts of unexpected places -- as sad as life but a whole lot funnier." -Linda Winer, Newsday "A funny yet poignant play... Eno long ago staked his claim as a linguistic hipster who reimagines the absurdist likes of Beckett and Albee for our post-Seinfeld age... 'Nothing is funnier than unhappiness, ' we are told in Beckett, and so it is with this very fine play where laughter exists a heartbeat, or heartbreak, away from tears." -Matt Wolf, Telegraph (UK) Bob and Jennifer and their new neighbors, John and Pony, are two suburban couples who have more in common than their identical last names. This existential comedy, pitched in Will Eno's singular voice, finds the darkness, sweetness and hilarity in our fleeting and ordinary days, as we seek to reveal ourselves, and conceal ourselves, often in the same minute. Sometimes there are only short-term answers to life's eternal questions, but all four Joneses, like all of us, are going to try their best, in very different ways.

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