When two actors with a history are thrown together as romantic leads in a forgotten 1930s melodrama, they quickly lose touch with reality as the story onstage follows them offstage.
CRITIC'S PICK! "Suffused with warmth and humor. Sarah Ruhl frothily whips together romantic comedy and backstage farce in this lively comedy about a pair of actors...who find life and art mixing together when they rekindle an old romance during rehearsals for a play."The New York Times
FOUR STARS. "Sarah Ruhl delivers a brilliant comedy that aims for big laughs and hits its target. Funny: There's nothing like it."New York Post
"At once a knowing sendup of the hazy half-truths of stage naturalism and a goofy meditation on the nature of desire and sexual fantasy, [Stage Kiss] manages to be both wholly original and instantly recognizable to the audience. As a satire of theatre and theatricals, it's right up there with Neil Simon's The Sunshine Boys."The New Yorker
"There's not one but two plays-within-a-play in Sarah Ruhl's Stage Kiss, a highly meta-theatrical, fundamentally enjoyable, slightly slight, not-so-romantic comedy pondering the complexity of onstage osculation."Variety
"Stage Kiss is part parody, part inside-baseball valentine to theater, part falling-down silly physical comedy about love."Newsday
"The gorgeously articulate author of The Clean House and Eurydice is in top form with this delightful piece."Theatremania
Stage Kiss (Ruhl) Script
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Art imitates Life. Life imitates Art. When two actors with a history are thrown together as romantic leads in a forgotten 1930s melodrama, they quickly lose touch with reality as the story onstage follows them offstage. Stage Kiss captures Sarah Ruhl's singular voice. It is a charming tale about what happens when lovers share a stage kiss -- or when actors share a real one.