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Swollen Tongues

Swollen Tongues
Your Price: $16.99 CDN
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Author: Kathleen Oliver
Publisher: Playwrights Canada Press
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 71
Pub. Date: 1999
ISBN-10: 0887545726
ISBN-13: 9780887545726
Cast Size: 3 women, 1 man

About the Play:

HARD TO FIND BOOK, only a very limited number of copies are still available.

Swollen Tongues is a full-length comedy by Kathleen Oliver. A contemporary reworking of Restoration comedy that focuses on a duel of wits between Thomas and his sister Catherine who have fallen for the same woman, Catherine's flirty dressmaker.

Swollen Tongues is a comedy of love and manners written entirely in rhyming couplets. Thomas and his sister Catherine are both receiving instruction in the powers of poetry by their mysterious and androgynous tutor Dr. Wise. While Thomas is more prolific than skilled in his praise of his beloved, Sonja, Catherine is strangely mute. The problem? Catherine is secretly in love with Sonja, too, and has taken the liberty of improving her brother's verses and giving them to Sonja under an assumed name, Overripe... But Catherine has a passionate secret, and in the ensuing flurry of disguises, tricks, repartee, and revelations, we discover that poetry can unlock the door to love in most unexpected ways.

Swollen Tongues premiered in 1998 at the Vancouver East Cultural Centre (now called The Cultch) as part of the Women in View Festival, and won the Sydney Risk Award for Best Original Script from an Emerging Playwright. Since then the play has had productions throughout Canada; in London, England, where it earned a Critics' Choice from Time Out; in Canberra, Australia, and a three-month run in Paris (in a French translation).

Cast: 3 women, 1 man

What people say:

"Swollen Tongues works because it successfully sustains its pastiche, never losing sight of the conventions it so amusingly modernizes." — The Globe and Mail

"A delightful two hours' entertainment, embroiling Shakespearean gender-bending, Moliere-esque rapier thrusts of comic verse and a 'Cyrano'-style faith in poetic panache and the powers of wooing by proxy. Warmly recommended." — Time Out London

About the Playwright:

Kathleen Oliver a Canadian playwright, critic, teacher and arts administrator. She teaches English at Langara College in Vancouver, has worked for at least a dozen Vancouver arts organizations, and is a regular contributor to The Georgia Straight, where she has been writing about theatre for more than twenty years.