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By Will Eno
Imprint: Theatre Communications Group
Paperback : 9781559363808, 96 pages, December 2010


As a friendship develops between longtime resident John Dodge and new arrival Mary Swanson, the lives of the inhabitants of Middletown intersect in strange and poignant ways in a journey that takes them from the local library to outer space and points between. Will Eno has been called "a Samuel Beckett for the John Stewart generation" (New York Times); Middletown features a wide array of characters—Cop, Mechanic, Librarian, to name just a few—who together populate the play with his trademark subversive style.


“Deeply intelligent and beautifully written!”

- Jesse Oxfeld, The New York Observer

“Richly engaging and satisfyingly theatrical, with heart and humor. A modern-day equivalent to Thornton Wilder’s Our Town.”

- Andy Propst, TheaterMania

“Five Stars! Brilliant new work!”

- Time Out Chicago

“A vision of Americana that is dark, gentle and laced with witty humor.”

- Mary Houlihan, Chicago Sun-Times

“Will Eno’s dark comic genius inspires all.”

- David Cote, Time Out New York

“Very funny … laced with myriad instants of absurdity”

- Margaret Friedman, Seattle Weekly

“A piece that’s a bit like Thornton Wilder’s Our Town if it had been penned by Dr. Seuss and edited by Samuel Beckett.”

- Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune

“Will Eno cleverly and sincerely pays homage to Wilder’s classic (Our Town)”

- Misha Berson, Seattle Times

“Delicate, moving, piercing, tart, funny, gorgeous. Mr. Eno’s gift may be unmatched among writers of his generation. Glimmers from start to finish.”

- Charles Isherwood, The New York Times