PIER PRESSURE PRODUCTIONS (PPP) presents a staged reading of Christopher Durang’s Laughing Wild “Laughing wild amid severest woe” from Thomas Gray’s “Ode on a Distant Prospect of Eton College” is a fitting description of this fiercely ironic comedy.
In Laughing Wild, two comic monologues evolve into a man’s and a woman’s shared nightmare of modern life and the isolation it creates. From her turf battles at the supermarket to the desperate cliches of self-affirmations he learns at his “personality workshop,” they run the gamut of everyday life’s small brutalities until they meet, with disastrous inevitability, at the Harmonic Convergence in Central Park.
Jenni Newton and Bill Ham, seasoned Astoria actors will share the stage in this dark comedy.
Performance: Sat June 24, Sun June 25, 8pm. Tickets are $15 and available 2 hours before curtain. Pier Pressure Productions is located at 260 10th Street in Astoria.