The Book of Liz - Acting Edition

The Book of Liz - Acting Edition

Sister Elizabeth Donderstock is Squeamish, has been her whole life. She makes cheese balls (traditional and smoky) that sustain the existence of her entire religious community, Clusterhaven. However, she feels unappreciated among her Squeamish brethren, and she decides to try her luck in the outside world. Along the way, she meets a Cockney-speaking Ukrainian immigrant cou...

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Title:The Book of Liz - Acting Edition
Author:Amy Sedaris
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The Book of Liz - Acting Edition Reviews

  • Aaron

    This fun and quirky satirical play was produced by the brother and daughter team that is well-known for humor. The main character, Sister Elizabeth Donderstock, is Sqeamish, which is a religious order. The order (both nuns and priests) lives in the community of Clusterhaven, which survives primarily on the successful sales of its cheese balls. Liz is the originator of the recipe, and she is feeling less than respected when she is constantly looked over for various assignments by the head of the

    This fun and quirky satirical play was produced by the brother and daughter team that is well-known for humor. The main character, Sister Elizabeth Donderstock, is Sqeamish, which is a religious order. The order (both nuns and priests) lives in the community of Clusterhaven, which survives primarily on the successful sales of its cheese balls. Liz is the originator of the recipe, and she is feeling less than respected when she is constantly looked over for various assignments by the head of the order. As a result, she decides to leave.

    Once on her own, she befriends a nice Ukrainian couple, who ironically have a Cockney accent. They are more than happy to help her out in getting settled in. Before long she finds herself with a successful job waiting tables at a nearby family restaurant called Plymouth Crock. While the restaurant works well, the staff contingent seems to be totally made up of recovering alcoholics. When the manager is offered a promotion to regional manager, he turns to Liz as a replacement because of how well she does her job. The problem is that she is a heavy sweater, which is disconcerting for many customers. She is going to have to have surgery to correct things if Liz is going to take the job.

    Clusterhaven is now struggling to make ends meet. While Liz kindly left them the recipe so they could continue with their cheese ball business, the recipe doesn't seem to be quite working. Try as they might, the nuns and priests can't seem to get the taste right. The failure is endangering the survival of the community since they can no longer bring in the needed income.

    You will have to read the short play to find out how everything is sorted out in the end. This was a quick read that I picked up because I have been enjoying David Sedaris' collections of essays so much. I really enjoyed it a lot, though there really is only a loose sense of reality in what is going on. If you can live with that, you will find yourself laughing at the high-jinx.

  • Sheila

    I saw this play at Park University a few years ago, only because I love David Sedaris and have listened to most of his audio books. More recently have I also grown to love Amy Sedaris and truly appreciate her humor. So about the play, tickets were only $5, but it was the BEST $5 I've ever spent on any play performance!! I laughed the entire 2 hours. So this "play book" is, of course, not as good as seeing the performance live, but it IS incredibly funny and a very quick read. I highly recommend

    I saw this play at Park University a few years ago, only because I love David Sedaris and have listened to most of his audio books. More recently have I also grown to love Amy Sedaris and truly appreciate her humor. So about the play, tickets were only $5, but it was the BEST $5 I've ever spent on any play performance!! I laughed the entire 2 hours. So this "play book" is, of course, not as good as seeing the performance live, but it IS incredibly funny and a very quick read. I highly recommend this as a truly hilarious read, especially if you need some zest in your life :0)

  • Cynthia

    I performed in a production of

    at the

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    The audiences were not what you might expect for a strange and satirical play like this -- they were small town folks in a generally conservative area. A few people took offense, writing to the local paper, but most people got at least a few laughs, and the run was a successful.

    As performers, we had some challenges with accents, and with creating a viable Mr. Peanut costume.

    But on the whole I'd recommend this as an unu

    I performed in a production of

    at the

    .

    The audiences were not what you might expect for a strange and satirical play like this -- they were small town folks in a generally conservative area. A few people took offense, writing to the local paper, but most people got at least a few laughs, and the run was a successful.

    As performers, we had some challenges with accents, and with creating a viable Mr. Peanut costume.

    But on the whole I'd recommend this as an unusual and sweetly quirky play to produce and perform in.

  • A. T. Adlen

    I am really liking the satirical nature of this play-it goes above and beyond what I expected which is saying something considering I am an avid reader of the Sedaris family. I am actually keeping this play in mind to perform with some great actors I know.

    is is just me or do some of the female characters come across as Monty-Python-esque men/women? I really feel like Mrs Butterworth would be even more hilarious if she were played by a man. Thoughts?

  • Eli

    This play is hilarious, filled with pee-your-pants hysterical moments. I just continue to be startled by how

    it is, in both structure and message. Take away the cheese balls and the Shakeresque religious community, and

    is much less innovative than I ever would've expected from any number of Sedarisim.

  • Helen

    The Book of Liz is a play in 11 scenes following the travails of Sister Elizabeth Donderstock as she leaves her religious order, befriends some Ukrainians, and works as a waitress in a pilgrim themes restaurant with a bunch of recovering alcoholics. As you might imagine, hilarity ensues.

    Amy and David Sedaris, who wrote the play, are both very funny in their own rights, but when you put them together, an entertaining read is pretty much a given. A lot of the humor is dry, wry, and with a satiric

    The Book of Liz is a play in 11 scenes following the travails of Sister Elizabeth Donderstock as she leaves her religious order, befriends some Ukrainians, and works as a waitress in a pilgrim themes restaurant with a bunch of recovering alcoholics. As you might imagine, hilarity ensues.

    Amy and David Sedaris, who wrote the play, are both very funny in their own rights, but when you put them together, an entertaining read is pretty much a given. A lot of the humor is dry, wry, and with a satirical slant. But then things get surreal just when you need them to.

    Enjoyable to read, and I'd love to see it on stage sometime.

  • Kathleen

    This was actually pretty funny. I'm a fan of Sedaris quirky humor, so this was really great. Sister Elizabeth Donderstock has a sweating problem and is in charge of making the compound's cheese balls...and really, that's all you need to know in order to pick this play up. It's super short and really crazy. If you like weird and awkward laughs and juxtapositions, go for it!

  • Daniel

    I was expecting to be more enthusiastic about this play; David Sedaris is a brilliant writer, and Amy is both a talented writer and performer. When I envision Amy Sedaris in the title role, I can see how this would be entertaining on stage, but it doesn't read as well. This isn't abnormal; dramatic literature only truly comes alive on stage.

  • Kristin Koski

    I enjoyed riding this rollercoaster of laughs and groans. THE BOOK OF LIZ will be a ridiculously fun play to direct, and I will be looking for the opportunity to direct it with some friends.

  • Vickie

    Not only is this a great script to read (and authentic David Sedaris, with an equal measure of Amy mixed in, which just makes it all the more wacky), but the play was one of the best things I've seen on stage in 10 years. Of course, I also saw it in LA, where every actor who was in it was concurrently airing in either a Pledge, Fruit of the Loom or Metamucil commercial, while working 2 jobs in various restaurants and sending their head shots to Spielberg, Katzenberg and Weinstein twice a day.

    If

    Not only is this a great script to read (and authentic David Sedaris, with an equal measure of Amy mixed in, which just makes it all the more wacky), but the play was one of the best things I've seen on stage in 10 years. Of course, I also saw it in LA, where every actor who was in it was concurrently airing in either a Pledge, Fruit of the Loom or Metamucil commercial, while working 2 jobs in various restaurants and sending their head shots to Spielberg, Katzenberg and Weinstein twice a day.

    If nothing else, the ability of the writers (David & Amy) to take an oft misunderstood faith and obscure its true ideals even more, create intrigue around the construction of a highly prized hors d'ouevres originating from Wisconsin, and wrap it all up in a tidy love story, is testament to what unique intellectuals they both are. Either that, or they're both just completely insane.

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