The Wager


Mark Medoff

Published by Dramatists Play Service

3 Male 1 Female

Leeds, a brainy, tart-tongued graduate student, has bet his "super-jock" roommate, Ward a - Phys-Ed major - that Ward can seduce Honor, the wife of a young professor Ron

But Leeds has also wagered that if Ward is successful, Ron will make an attempt on his life within forty-eight hours. Thereafter, as can be expected, the situation grows progressively more complex, with fun and fear brilliantly juxtaposed

In the resultant comic mix the acerbic Leeds does his best to manipulate circumstances to his own advantage, while narcissistic Ward, bored Honor and bumbling Ron all fall victim to his stratagems

In the end, the result is not tragedy but pure, bubbling comedy, laced with wit and filled with revealing insights into the natures of our four singular and attractive principals

The author's second consecutive Off-Broadway hit, this brightly inventive comedy blends verbal eloquence and needle-sharp characterizations in its often biting examination of the antics of four graduate students

" a dexterous and extraordinarily witty playwright. His quartet of academics is beautifully drawn with a knowing and loving hand" - NY Times

"This is a pinwheel of a comedy, shooting off sparks of wit, menace and surprise at a fast clip" - Time

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