The Business Proposal begins with a botched marriage proposal by a nice young man to his type-A girlfriend, who instead informs him that she has just accepted a position to become his boss. Over the next six-months the two try to sort out what they really want out of their professional and personal lives. The solution comes as a surprise, both to themselves and to the audience. The play also features a comic waiter and some voice-overs which can be done by the same actor.
Published as part of Tall Grass.
"Farce is Brian Harris' métier – it allows the brutality of each
relationship to creep up on you, heightening the dramatic tension in a
way that Neil LaBute's handling of similar themes cannot." - The New York Times
Entertaining and Dangerous! A woman becomes her boyfriend's boss, a man
catches a burglar in his home, a con artist tries to dupe an elderly
couple – each play veers towards violence and dark humor. The fizzy
energy of a romantic comedy...a threatening sexual vibe!" - Variety
"Unpredictable Tall Tales! Three surreal notions of the things we do for love." - The Village Voice
dark, brutal underbelly of humanity is present in each character,
perhaps making for a devastating look at modern life. Brian Harris'
dialogue is fast, full of life, and showing these characters in all
their complexities in such a short amount of time." - Edge Publications