ISBN: 9781849434805
Binding: PaperBack

Title and Deed

Will Eno


Behold the newest nobody of the funniest century yet. He’s almost Christ-like, from a distance, in terms of height and weight. Listen closely or drift off uncontrollably, as he speaks to you directly about the notion of home, about the notion of the world. All of it delivered with the authority that is the special province of the unsure and the un-homed, which is a word he made up accidentally. The running time, if he doesn’t die or think of anything else, is roughly one hour. 

Title and Deed is a provocative new work by Pulitzer Prize finalist and Horton Foote Prize winner Will Eno.

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ISBN13 9781849434805
Binding PaperBack


‘Eno channels Beckett madly and reverently (but not too reverently) adds a dollop of his own out-of-kilter language, and comes up with 70 mournfully comic minutes that are also mundane and terrifying…[a] devastating monologue.’ Four stars - Lyn Gardner, Guardian

'A haunting and often fiercely funny meditation on life as a state of permanent exile... The marvel of Mr. Eno’s voice is how naturally it combines a carefully sculptured lyricism with sly, poker-faced humor. Everyday phrases and familiar platitudes - “Don’t ever change", “Who knows” - are turned inside out or twisted into blunt, unexpected punch lines punctuating long rhapsodic passages that leave you happily word-drunk.' New York Times

'The piece proves to be an always fascinating and surprisingly moving 70 minutes of theater…What emerges from his humorous, sometimes stream-of-conscious patter is a heartfelt exploration of the transience of everything in this life, from words themselves to relationships to our very existence.' Theatermania

'A wonderfully wry and genuinely poetic send-up of the banality of corporate and political speak.' Time Out

'Title and Deed is daring within its masquerade of the mundane, spectacular within its minimalism, and hilarious within its display of po-faced bewilderment. It is a clown play that capers at the edge of the abyss... Eno's joking seems to me a great act of courage: a way of facing lostness and learning to live with it. His voice is unique; his play is stage poetry of a higher order. You can't see the ideas coming in Title and Deed. When they arrive - tiptoeing in with a quiet yet startling energy - you don't quite know how they got there. In this tale's brilliant telling, it is not the narrator who proves unreliable but life itself. The unspoken message of Eno's smart, bleak musings seems to be: enjoy the nothingness while you can.' New Yorker

'Pensive, lyrical, deeply funny and profoundly sad.' Variety