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Necessary Ends

Marvin Cohen
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NECESSARY ENDS involves two couples who tangle in a philosophical farce about love, language, sex, time, and death.

Production Info

Cast: 4 total (2 female, 2 male)
Full Length Dark Comedy (about 100 minutes)
Minimal Set Requirements
Contemporary Costumes

Press Quotes

“The term ‘character’ was coined with Marvin Cohen in mind. A gentle observer of the unpredictable and slightly absurd, Marvin has a fondness for mankind that is unmistakably his own. Sometimes I think of him as a comedian-chronicler standing at the center, his head turned slightly toward your line of speaking to accommodate his hearing aid. NECESSARY ENDS is the sum of these parts, as Marvin positions and repositions people within relationships, that ever-aimed ear to the pun and odd bits of conversation, as though he’s walking slowly through a cocktail party. The strength of his writing stems from his baroque sense of humor and his ability to see both the world and himself as wonderfully delightful miscreants.” —Joseph Papp

About the Author


  • Marvin Cohen

    Marvin Cohen (born July 6, 1931) is an American essayist, novelist, playwright, poet, humorist, and surrealist. He is the author of numerous books, two of which were published by New Directions Publishing, and several plays. His shorter writings—stories, parables, allegories, poems, and essays—have appeared in more than 100 different publications, including The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Village Voice, The Nation, Harper's Bazaar, Vogue, Fiction, The Hudson Review, Quarterly Review of Literature, Transatlantic Review and New Directions annuals.

About the Book

Book Information

Publisher BPPI
Publication Date 2/18/2022
Pages 48
ISBN 9780881459104

Special Notes

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Necessary Ends is produced
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