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To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday

To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday by Michael Brady
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SKU:
BPP-978-0-88145-491-8
UPC:
978-0-88145-491-8
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Play
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A grieving widower must accept his wife's death to save himself and his relationship with his daughter. David loves his wife, Gillian. Unfortunately, she died two years ago. David deals with his grief by continuing his romance with her "ghost" during walks on the beach at night. While David lives in the past, other family problems crop up in the present. Brother and sister-in-law Paul and Esther visit to try to help David's daughter, Rachel. She has lost her mother and needs her father to snap back into the real world for her sake.

 

"... Though TO GILLIAN begins as a simple dramatization of its hero's obsessive mourning, it gradually expands to become a richer form of family drama ... [Mr Brady] writes with a rueful sophistication that keeps his story's sentimentality at bay ... TO GILLIAN is peppered with sharp, evenhanded observations about the tenuous ties that connect husbands and wives and parents and children ... if TO GILLIAN is a play that sends a ghost flying out of [the] heavens, its appeal derives from its author's keen sensitivity to life down here on earth." -Frank Rich, The New York Times

 

"This first major work by Michael Brady has well-dimensioned characters, solid conflict, piquant writing and gives off a warm, affirmative glow ... When it has become not uncommon to encounter plays with no sympathetic characters, audiences will respond affectionately to everyone In GILLIAN. Working on a small canvas, the author is in impressive control of his material ..." -Richard Hummler, Variety

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