Synopses & Reviews
Nearly everything about David Adjmis Stunning has an original ring to it, from the setting . . . to the brassy bleat of the dialogue." Time Out New York
This volume of distinctive work includes Stunning, set in an insular Syrian Jewish community, where a teenage brides world is disrupted by her intellectual African American housekeeper; Evildoers, about the collapse of two privileged couples; and Elective Affinities, a post-9/11 monologue.
David Adjimis other plays include Marie Antoninette, 3C, Strange Attractions, and Caligula. He was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Whiting Writers Award and Steinberg Playwright Award, among others. Stunning was selected to appear in The 2012 Methuen Drama Book of New American Plays. His as-yet-untitled memoir is forthcoming from Harper Collins. Adjimi is a member of New Dramatists, a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, the Iowa Playwrights Workshop and the Juliard School. This is his first play collection.
Virtuosic playwright David Adjmi nicely evokes an arrestingly skewed subculture onstage: a stinging portrait of an insular Syrian Jewish community in contemporary Brooklyn. Coolly witty.” New York Times
A razor-sharp satirical tragedy. Stunning offers a brutal yet witty view of groupthink and slippery identity politics among Syrian Jews in Brooklyn
the hippest ticket in town.” NY1
"David Adjmi's off-Broadway debut is a striking, and yes, stunning black satire of the insular Syrian-Jewish community in Midwood, Brooklyn." - Flavorpill
"The advantage of writing about something you know pays off handsomely for multi-award-winning playwright David Adjmi...Careening courageously, but never recklessly, between satire and melodrama and ultimately tragedy Stunning is an eye-opening, intimately focused look into the marriage of a couple within a sect that guards its insularity and its ingrained religious/cultural identity...astonishingly provocative" - Curtain Up
"Unless you happen to live in an insular Syrian-Jewish community, the culture shock of Stunning could be quite...well, stunning. David Adjmi's eye-opening drama about a despotic rag merchant, his tyrannized child bride and the black maid who challenges the medieval customs of their domestic life has a chilling impact. Riveting performances and super-stylish staging polish the play's satirical weapons of high dudgeon, while adding to the luster of LCT3, the developmental wing of Lincoln Center currently making a splash in its inaugural season at the Duke." - Variety
"Slashingly funny...Mr. Adjmi is certainly skilled at writing dialogue that both captures and softly lampoons the fluid eloquence and showy wit that perfumes the air at Manhattan restaurants and dining rooms." - New York Times
Adjmi is a writer with a distinct voice, style and ambition. In The Evildoers he attempts nothing less than a reality check for the post-Baby Boom generation as it hits middle age entitled-yet-ambitious, needy-yet-emotionally removed. He tears down the façade that masks veneer upon veneer with stinging detail, idiosyncratic loopiness and shocking incident.” Variety
"A culmination of the last four centuries of theater, playing with theatrical forms from Jacobean tragedy to drawing-room comedies, while adding its own very modern twists... Youll need someone to stabilize you when you walk out of the theater shaking. But drag a friend, an enemy or a professor along for perhaps the most thought-provoking stage production youll encounter this year." - Yale Daily News
"The world premiere of David Adjmi's The Evildoers will open your eyes to a new level of depth perception in the study of human relationships. And you'll keep them open (maybe joined by a mouth) right to the final moment of the play. Filled with exquisite metaphor.. a great theatre piece." - Connecticut Critics' Circle
"A brilliant monologue
a disturbing, slyly amusing piece about the blithe ignorance of a sophisticated, upper-class American lady who in her civilized, patrician way argues that political torture is reasonable. Yet Mr. Adjmi makes his heroine oddly appealing. Theres hope for our political theater!” New York Observer
Elective Affinities has well-heeled Alice taking afternoon tea. With every blithe word, the thin mask of civilization applied as carefully as her makeup begins to slip, until all that is left is the monster within. As chilling as sticking your head in the ice box.” Guardian
If youre one of the lucky few whom [Alice Hauptmann] has summoned to tea this month
I strongly urge you to accept.” - New York Times
Adjmis playlet is tiny, but its eloquent, perverse core of coolly rationalized cruelty continues to gain mass and weight in my head.” [Four stars] - Time Out New York
A pure demonic delight.” New York Magazine
Elective Affinities belongs to the rarely explored genre of metaphysical theatre
" - The New Yorker
Lays bare an unimaginably violent anger lurking in American society.” The Stage.co.uk
“Nearly everything about David Adjmi’s Stunning has an original ring to it, from the setting . . . to the brassy bleat of the dialogue." –Time Out New York
This volume of distinctive work includes Stunning, set in an insular Syrian Jewish community, where a teenage bride’s world is disrupted by her intellectual African American housekeeper; Evildoers, about the collapse of two privileged couples; and Elective Affinities, a post-9/11 monologue.
David Adjmi’s work has been produced at Lincoln Center Theatre, Yale Repertory Theatre, Woolly Mammoth, and the Royal Court in London. He has received numerous commissions and is the recipient of a 2009 Kesselring Fellowship and a Bush Artist Fellowship.
The first collection by a striking new voice in the American theater.
About the Author
Is the recent recipient of the 2009 Kesselring and Bush Artists Fellowships. Other plays include "The Evildoers" (Sundance and Yale Rep), "Elective Affinities" (Royal Shakespeare Company), "Marie Antoinette" (Soho Rep W/D Lab, Sundance/Public Theatre Residency, Goodman Theatre New Stages Series), "Caligula" (Soho Rep Studio Series), and "Strange Attractors" (Empty Space). Honors: McKnight Advancement Grant, Jerome Fellowship, Helen Merrill Award, Marian