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Written with humor, tenderness, grit, and wonderment by acclaimed playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis, Between Riverside and Crazy is an extraordinary new play: a dark comedy about a man trying to maintain control as the world unravels around him. Walter Pops Washington is a retired New York City policeman. His wife has died and his son, Junior, has just been released from jail. They live in a rent-controlled apartment on Riverside Drive in New York City. Walter has been pursuing a discrimination suit against the Police Department, because he was accidentally shot by another police officer. It seems the old days are dead and gone — after a lifetime living between Riverside and Crazy.


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“Even cops hate cops. Everybody especially don’t like black cops. Black civilians think we Uncle Tom. White civilians think we’re uppity.”

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One of my reading goals in 2017 is to read new, contemporary plays. Stephen Adly Guirgis, is one of the playwrights I have focused on. I have not been disappointed. Guirgis writes the everyman character better than anyone since Arthur Miller. The difference is that Guirgis has an ability to write humorously that Miller lacked. Guirgis is able to step back from it all and see the irony in the situations he creates.

Still holding onto the memory of his recently deceased wife and a long-standing racially charged lawsuit against the NYPD, ex-cop Walter “Pops” Washington is not one to forgive and forget. Day in and day out, he rules the roost in the impressive rent-controlled apartment that he shares with his parolee son and surrogate family. But, eviction notices and ultimatums are piling up, and Pops soon becomes caught between losing his honor and losing his home.

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I have been a fan of Guirgis’ for many years ~~ since I first read Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train. Guirgis challenged me in ways other playwrights did not ~~ he took me out of my comfort zone and forced me to open my eyes to the urban landscape I lived in at the time. Guirgis is a true poet and his plays are lyrical in a way that most playwrights only aspire to.
I do not want to give anything away about this play which deservedly won the 2015 Pulitzer. Between Riverside and Crazy is a brilliant work; not only is it a terrific piece of theatre, but it is a satisfying read in a way that many plays are not.

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Please do yourself a favor and read this play. Stephen Adly Guirgis does an amazing job at capturing the urban element of New York and its inhabitants. I read this play in the course of a couple days when I had a lot of free time on my hands. This one was my 6th or 7th play during that time and it was the ONLY one that kept coming back to me. The characters, the setting, the dialog, EVERYTHING made me think. The only thing keeping this play from being a 5 star work for me is the sudden (not bad but not the best either) change of direction that was thrown in with the introduction of a new character in Act 2. But the more I think about it the more Riverside needed this character to come into the world. It makes the end, and especially the last line, that much more powerful.

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This won the Pulitzer for Drama? Seriously? Ive enjoyed previous Guirgis plays, but this was just a mess. I am assuming the only reason it won is because they were reluctant to give it to him for The Motherfucker With the Hat, which was a much, MUCH better play.

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The play is brilliant. A man opens his rent-controlled apartment on Riverside Drive to his son and various hangers-on. The man is an ex-cop and recent widower. He was shot one night - six bullets in his left buttock. He speaks of himself as an ex-cop, a war hero, a good samaritan. In fact, hes a mediocre specimen of humanity: often drunk, deeply flawed, potty-mouthed, and inadequate father. His own father was no role model, either. Its deliciously ironic that everyone calls him either @[email protected] or @[email protected]
Pops is determined to be recompensed for injuries suffered in the line of duty. Unfortunately, the night he was shot, he wasnt on duty. In addition, hes been advised by his lawyers to underscore an epithet slung at him by the shooter that night: @[email protected] At least thats the story thats been presented to the public.
What unfolds is a tale about maintaining dignity in the face of insurmountable obstacles. Its also about facades; every character in this play is, in fact, a con man (or woman) in one way or another. Yet only the mans two Jewish lawyers are dismissed as @[email protected] - even though they turn out to be the only trustworthy (however unseen) members of the entourage.


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A brutal, honest, deceivingly deep play about modern difficulties with age, race, and brutality. It won the Pulitzer for good reason, and I still have to collect my thoughts.

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