CRIME OR EMERGENCY
including THE LOST ACTS OF CRIME OR EMERGENCY
by Sibyl Kempson
preface in verse by the Bernadette Corporation
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Top Ten Best Plays of 2009, Time Out New York.
"Kempson, a playwright of terrifying gifts, doesn't write like any of the avant-gardists you've heard before. She has a passion for finely drawn characters, a perfect ear for dialogue and a short-story writer's economy. Indeed, Crime or Emergency -- despite its hipster cladding and brutal assaults on our senses -- is downright literary... Kempson's text...actually does violence. Her scenes repeatedly describe people bewildered by their sudden capacity to harm -- a marvelous metaphor for a young woman so frighteningly in command of devastating linguistic weapons -- Helen Shaw, Time Out New York
"A piece of hysterical realism that plays out in a doctor's office, in a parking garage, at a rodeo, on a boat, etc. As both actor and playwright, Kempson has a gift for rendering the fairly normal as intensely weird." -- Alexis Soloski, The Village Voice
"It's not entirely clear what it all adds up to ..." The New York Times.