The Marriage of Bette and Boo

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Release date: March 10, 1973
Venue: Yale Cabaret
Directed by: Bill Ludel
Literature: Christopher Durang

Bette Brennan and Boo Hudlocke marry and set about having the large, happy family that Bette always dreamed of. The arrival of their first son, Matt, is soon overshadowed by a succession of stillborns. Bette is heartbroken. Boo starts to drink; Bette starts to nag. Amongst the chaos fighting, both must deal with their wacky families: Bette’s mother and father, who suffered a stroke and now speaks in unintelligible gibberish; Boo’s sadistic father, fond of calling his long-suffering wife “the dumbest woman in the world”; Bette’s sister, ridden with anxiety and constantly apologizing for everything; the family priest, fond of impersonating bacon.

Sigourney Weaver (Mud Dunlop), Laura Zucker (Paula), Meryl Streep (Joan), Franchelle Dorn, Walt Jones, John Rothman, Barry Marshall

Yale Daily News, March 09, 1973, Henry Wiencek
Chris Durang’s “The Marriage of Bette and Boo” is a screamingly funny play. Durang is adept with lampoon and grotesque humor. The weak moments in his play comes when Durang attempts a serious tone. The final scene of the play, where Bette clutches the body of her third stillborn baby and with a blank expression invokes the names of her previous stillborn children is incongruous and almost pretentious. The acting, though, is first rate, and makes for a completely enjoyable production. And no one can contest that Durang is one of the funniest writers to hit Yale.