The Book of Liz

A play by David Sedaris and Amy Sedaris
Published: 2002

Sister Elizabeth Donderstock is Squeamish, has been her whole life. She makes cheese balls (traditional and smoky) that sustain the existence of her entire religious community, Clusterhaven. However, she feels unappreciated among her Squeamish brethren, and she decides to try her luck in the outside world. Along the way, she meets a Cockney-speaking Ukrainian immigrant couple who find her a job waiting tables at Plymouth Crock, a family restaurant run almost entirely by recovering alcoholics. The alcoholics love her. The customers love her. Her Danderfrock fits right in. Things are going great for Liz, until she's offered a promotion to manager. Unfortunately, Liz has a sweating problem, and to get the job, she'll have to fix it. Meanwhile, back at Clusterhaven, Liz's compatriots just can't seem to duplicate her cheese ball recipe, and it's going to cost them their quaint, cloistered lifestyle. They are panic-stricken and desperate, and sure she sabotaged the recipe. Does Liz go through with the operation? Can the Squeamish be saved? Will the cheese balls ever taste good again? The answers to these and so many other questions can be found in the new comedy from the Talent Family, David and Amy Sedaris.

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Praise for the book of liz

"…[a] delightfully off-key, off-color hymn to clichés we all live by, whether we know it or not." —NY Times. "…[THE BOOK OF LIZ] may well be the world's first Amish picaresque…hilarious…" —Village Voice

"…acidic laughs…linguistic delight…" —Variety

"Good-natured, goofy and frequently hilarious…" —NY Newsday

"…laugh-out-loud funny…" —Broadway.com