The first play, LINDA HER, is set in a summer cottage where Carol, an insomniac, lies awake pondering her dissatisfaction with her boring husband (who talks endlessly of a lost love whom he hasn't seen since kindergarten) and their bratty daughter. In fact, she is thoroughly disenchanted with the whole domestic scene—whereas her unmarried friend, Janet, couldn't think of anything nicer. So Carol does the right thing, and tiptoes off to a new life, leaving her sleeping husband and child to the ministrations of the easily persuaded Janet. (1 man, 2 women.) In the second play, THE FAIRY GARDEN, we meet another discontented wife, Dagny, who married her husband, Boris, for his money and now regrets it. She is also in love with a male stripper called The Mechanic, so she settles matters by decapitating her husband, much to the amazement of her guests, a homosexual couple named Roman and Mimi. Fortunately disaster is averted by the arrival of a genuine fairy, who reunites Boris with his head and then decides to run off with him; while Mimi suddenly declares his love for Dagny, and Roman, left alone, finds some consolation in the arrival of The Mechanic, who nonchalantly goes into his very funny routine. (4 men, 2 women.)
Successfully produced Off-Broadway by the highly regarded Second Stage company. Two brilliantly imaginative absurdist comedies which use rich imagery and resourceful language to poke outrageous good fun at the foibles of modern society. "Kondoleon is a writer of considerable comic sophistication whose style blends Noel Coward into the Theater of the Absurd." —NY Daily News. "Mr. Kondoleon's writing blossoms like one of those Japanese paper flowers you drop into a glass of water." —Village Voice. "Mr. Kondoleon's glittery language and absurdist world view are as arresting as always." —NY Times. "It was delightful and disturbing. And wicked." —NY Post.