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subUrbia From playwright and bestselling author of Notes from the Underground comes a story of high school friends lingering in Burnfield long after graduation While some see Burnfield as the suburban ideal o

  • Title: subUrbia
  • Author: Eric Bogosian
  • ISBN: 9781559361019
  • Page: 141
  • Format: Paperback
  • From playwright and bestselling author of Notes from the Underground comes a story of high school friends, lingering in Burnfield long after graduation While some see Burnfield as the suburban ideal of quiet comfort, the suffocating safe world only feeds their frustrations, and a night of drinking and partying careens recklessly toward violence, despair and death.

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    1. Just found out the local community college was auditioning for Eric Bogosian's Suburbia so I picked up my copy to reread it to check if there's a role for me. To be fair, I probably am no longer able to play a 20-something, but when I shave I have a baby face and there's always dye for my grays Honestly, I was only 90% sure I read it before, so I figured a quick read would help my annual reading challenge, so why not?The play felt familiar, so I'm pretty sure this was my second reading of it. I [...]

    2. This is a super-hard one to rate, for two and a half reasons.1. It is one of those works that was sort of both simultaneously influential and also a summation of a lot of other types of things. Like: if you are going to pick out one mid-nineties play about Generation X, it's going to be this one, it is the one that encompasses all of the things you will be looking for, it is the Slacker of the stage, and I am not even just saying that because Richard Linklater directed the movie version. But als [...]

    3. Closer to 1.5I'm not saying it wasn't realistic, but it tried too hard to be appealing through its edginess. How did nothing happen yet it avoided a slice of life tone? While we get different glimpses of the characters and what makes each of them their own person, like Tim's alcoholism, Pony's success, Sooze's art/brother, or Erica's upper class background, we don't really know what stops them from fixing their lives. I mean, obviously the play is set by ennui and unfortunately I can attest that [...]

    4. I saw this long time ago as a movie, was curious to check out the source material. Maybe I am too old now or just not suburban enough to relate to a bunch of kids pontificating and getting wasted (in every sense of the word) in a convinience store's parking lot, but there is a sense of hopelessness throughout that is fairly universal. The writing is good and the play itself is thought provoking and it does reaffirm my dislike for suburbia as a living environment. The expression youth is wasted o [...]

    5. I had such a strange time reading this play. I felt anger toward the characters throughout, but still felt grief at the end.

    6. Honestly, it just isn't my kind of play or my style of writing. It definitely is a good depiction of the suburbs in the 90s and 2000's and reminded me of some of the people I knew in middle school and what I imagine they are like now.

    7. The play is set outside of a seven eleven on a street corner. It features lost youth of this modern age. They drink, listen to loud music, and make trouble. They have existential problems. There is rehab, there is a pop star friend, a famous friend. The relationship with fame is interesting. Most of the kids seem to regard themselves as failures. Either that or they're in denial, or they don't give a shit. The alienation which is spoken of and when spoken of seems self-indulgent and petty, grows [...]

    8. Drawn from his own experience growing up in suburbia Bogosian has created a play about misspent, directionless youth in the 1990s. Numbing themselves against the tedium of day to day existence with drinking and sexual fumblings outside the 7-11, the twenty-somethings express inchoate desires, angst, racism and boredom but I found it difficult to care. Perhaps the play was innovative and insightful when it was first produced but now it feels cliched and trite. None of the characters can see a fut [...]

    9. I think I have missed my time with this play, since I only read it this year and not at the proper age to appreciate the malaise the characters are dealing with. Also, I don't live in the suburbs anymore. So my caring about the characters can't be based on a nostalgia factor, as was Bogosian's when he sat down to write this script.The script has a pretty cut and dry story; what happens isn't necessarily surprising, but it does bring about change, which is more than I expected would happen. The B [...]

    10. Effectively captures the angsty early-life crisis of a group of wayward suburbanite teens hopelessly stuck in a middle-clas rut. Evokes a strong sense of the ubiquity in the narrative of American Irony--in this case, the corruption of the "infallible" suburban bubble. However, Bogosian's (clearly) autobiographical play is at once--like his comparison of "a place, yet not a place; a city, yet not a city"--vulgar, yet not vulgar; pretentious, yet not pretentious. It is this lack of focus, poise an [...]

    11. While there are snippets of clever (perhaps even insightful) monologues, Bogonsian's subUrbia fails in its grafting of late '70s (or even early '80s) post-adolescent desperation to the mid-'90s. Being both age (I turned 19 in 1994) and situationally appropriate to the characters, I found it to be a piece that was clearly mindful of an earlier era. Ultimately, I don't think the play really has much to say, but it flails around a lot and tacks on some platitudinal messages to show the the author i [...]

    12. Shiftless New Jersey youth "stuck" in the suburbs drink, fight and harass immigrants. They moan about how mundane their lives are. Oh, and one of their high school mates has gone on to become, wait for it, a ROCK STAR! And he comes back looking for something real! And they all fight and there is a suicide! Terrible. Zero redeeming value. The idea is mundane, the characters uninteresting and the language overrun with inanities and the mandatory foulness and f-bombs of street characters. At least [...]

    13. When I started off the play my first thought was "great, another angsty college aged student who says fuck every chance he can get." But by the end I was hooked. The play delves into our views of ourselves, the role of self esteem in our lives, the role of race in our lives. What happens when someone who is completely different from the cookie cutter American Dream family comes into the suburbs? And what do we really know about those outsiders? And why do so many suburban teenagers end up drinki [...]

    14. This is really one of the great plays of the last 20 years. Bogosian presents the reader with a beautifully satirical look at contemporary suburban life and the characters' struggles to find authenticity in their situations. Anyone who has grown up in suburbia in the last 20 years will recognize their own experiences in those of the main characters. Jeff, in particular, struggles to find a voice and meaning in a life that has been spent hanging out in front of convenience stores and carousing wi [...]

    15. I was assigned a monologue from this play in an elective theater class I'm about to wrap up. Suburbia was frustrating on a few different levels. It had a lot of potential that ended up being buried in awkward hip dialogue and a fantastically melodramatic plot that just didn't fit the play's somewhat introspective response to the monotony of day to day life. The majority of the pop-culture references were annoying and forced as well. To add insult to injury most of the characters were ass-holes.

    16. While reading this play, a playlist was swimming around in my head. What completes this play is the music of Black Flag and Bad Brains. All about not giving a fuck while drinking. Henry Rollins and HR screaming at the top of their lungs. It really made me relive the 90's. The way they talked, where they hung out and picturing this in my head made me see me and my friends. If you get easily offended by drinking, cursing, bigotry and other sexual innuendos, then step back and run. Or overdose on a [...]

    17. Eric Bogosian is apparently a tremendously talented individual.This play is quintessentially suburban, and there's an eerie resemblance between these characters and people I knew growing up. The play actually hits a bit too close to home for me, since I recognize an earlier version of myself in Jeff--the unhappy psuedo-intellectual, struggling with a post-punk nihilism and an anger not directed at anything in particular, combined with mood swings between apathy, intense despair, and serious conc [...]

    18. I feel like there's a lot of potential that was never fully explored in this play. Characters are vibrant, and the conflicts are fairly universal without being too bland that they could have had a much bigger impact. Bogosian doesn't seem to shy away from tension and release (and certainly, strong language), but they never quite hit the target; they merely feel wasted.Overall, a very energetic piece, but seemingly without direction.

    19. This is a play that takes place in the parking lot beside a 7/11 store on a corner in ‘suburbia’. The characters interact over a period of 4 days. 5 of them hang out there and are around 20-21 years old, 2 run the 7/11 and 2 come to meet the 5 locals. Newsweek called it a ‘scarifying dissection of youthful disillusion that manages to be both appalling and appealing.’ I did not get the appealing part. This was simply a look at wasted youth and their effect on the people around them. Depre [...]

    20. I got this play to find a monologue for my theatre class, and ended up reading the whole thing. I thought it offered some interesting character studies but overall was a little outdated (it's pretty obviously 90's). Also, it seemed like it really wanted to get into suburbs vs. cities, but all it really did was show that the characters were mostly afraid to leave where they were; I'm pretty sure it would have been the same had they all grown up in a city.

    21. Full disclosure: Eric Bogosian is an acquaintance of mine and someone whose opinions I respect. Regardless of that fact, I really liked this play. I disagree with the publisher's jacket blurb referring to Tim, Jeff, and the gang as a "lost generation," but I do think Bogosian portrays a certain slice of modern America in very realistic dimensions. There are also timeless qualities to be found in subUrbia's characters.

    22. I read this for an article on Gen X fiction I did years ago. I was a fan of Bogosian's previous monologues, but I thought this one was a severe misfire. It was way too LESS THAN ZERO in its basic premise that the "youth of today" (i.e. the Cobain generation) are (were) affectless, morally inert zombies. It only goes to say that the obligatory dead girl who becomes an object of weird voyeurism was a decade into being a cliched motif by the mid-1990s (c.f. ZERO, RIVER'S EDGE, etc).

    23. I was born in 1966 and technically, that makes me part of "Generation X." Reading this play about other Gen X'rs (Bogosian never uses the term), I was reminded of being in my 20s, sensing all of the falsity and bogus-ness around me, and not knowing what to do about it. Aren't we all a product of our cultures, times, and backgrounds? Snapshot of a time I really don't want to go back to.

    24. It's aged terribly, though seeing a very good live performance of it was a far more enjoyable experience than reading the play. Characters I once found funny and interesting now seem like whiny caricatures. I have fond memories of discovering Eric Bogosian's stuff in the early 90's, and in the interest of preserving those memories I don't intend to revisit any more of it.

    25. I saw this movie years ago and didn't like it. I really enjoyed Talk Radio and wanted to like this, but I not sure what I should be looking for here.

    26. Good look at the suburbian lifestyle of a group of slackers. Very inspiring. Makes you want to leave your life and go somewhere. Funny yet tragic. Great read.

    27. I saw the film adaptation before I read the play. I much prefer the film. The play raises some compelling ideas but none of it seems to go anywhere.

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