Goodbye Cruel World
by Robert Ross Parker

Productions (3)
  • Comedy
  • 85 - 100 minutes
  • 2 f, 4 m (6-14 actors possible: 2-4 f, 4-10 m)
  • Set: A simple unit set that represents an apartment, a hallway, an outdoor restaurant, and a graveyard.
  • Standard Edition ISBN: 978-1-62384-212-3

Goodbye Cruel World
by Robert Ross Parker

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Productions (3)
  • Comedy
  • 85 - 100 minutes
  • 2 f, 4 m (6-14 actors possible: 2-4 f, 4-10 m)
  • Set: A simple unit set that represents an apartment, a hallway, an outdoor restaurant, and a graveyard.

Semyon Semyonovich has a problem: he thinks his life isn't worth living. Unfortunately, everyone he knows agrees with him! But when he decides to end it all, he finds himself the center of attention, urged to blame his misery on love, philosophy, and even politics. When a glorious death is the most popular commodity in town, how much will a simple suicide cost? A saucy Soviet satire. Seriously.

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Semyon Semyonovich has a problem: he thinks his life isn't worth living. Unfortunately, everyone he knows agrees with him! But when he decides to end it all, he finds himself the center of attention, urged to blame his misery on love, philosophy, and even politics. When a glorious death is the most popular commodity in town, how much will a simple suicide cost? A saucy Soviet satire. Seriously.

  • Comedy
  • 85 - 100 minutes
  • 2 f, 4 m (6-14 actors possible: 2-4 f, 4-10 m)
  • Set: A simple unit set that represents an apartment, a hallway, an outdoor restaurant, and a graveyard.
  • Standard Edition ISBN: 978-1-62384-212-3

Published Reviews

"This rarely produced gem is a door-slamming farce wrapped inside a humanist attack on the Soviet regime... As comedies about mortality go, this one is rather joyful."

Jason Zinoman, The New York Times

"So, if The Seagull, ending in its main character's tragic suicide, is a Russian comedy, then what is a Russian farce? Well, equally as suicidal, but unrelentingly wacky. ...Robert Ross Parker's slam-dunk adaptation of Nikolai Erdman's banned 1928 Communist-era play The Suicide, is a boisterous rebel of a comedy with a deceptively masked, pointed intellect."

Newcity Stage

"What begins as an interesting look at a dated play grows, over the course of the show, into an engrossing and often hilarious piece of theater."

Scott Mitchell, musicomh.com

"This fable of an Everyman in trouble is both informative and riotously entertaining... Goodbye is filled with touching depictions of what happens to the human spirit when a utopian dream becomes a totalitarian nightmare."

Ethan Kanfer, Show Business Weekly

"If you think thought-provoking theatre that's literally about important issues like life and death, economics, politics, and the social contract can't be wildly entertaining, well, here's Robert Ross Parker to prove you wrong."

Martin Denton, nytheatre.com

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MAR 04, 2017 - MAR 19, 2017
Theatre Pro Rata
Minneapolis, MN United States
Theatre Pro Rata Minneapolis, MN United States
JUN 13, 2012 - JUL 22, 2012
Strange Tree Group
Chicago, IL United States
Strange Tree Group Chicago, IL United States
JAN 14, 2010 - FEB 06, 2010
Roundtable Ensemble
New York, NY United States
Roundtable Ensemble New York, NY United States
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JUN 13, 2012 - JUL 22, 2012
Strange Tree Group
Chicago, IL United States
Strange Tree Group Chicago, IL United States
JAN 14, 2010 - FEB 06, 2010
Roundtable Ensemble
New York, NY United States
Roundtable Ensemble New York, NY United States

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