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Old Wine in a New Bottle - Full Length Play

Old Wine in a New Bottle

Murray Schisgal

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Irving Berger, having reached a late-middle-aged crisis, has decided t…

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Irving Berger, having reached a late-middle-aged crisis, has decided to leave his wife of twenty-two years and move in with Dawn Williams, an attractive young actress with whom he has been having a clandestine affair. Unfortunately Irving's arrival catches Dawn by surprise, and with a few loose ends in her own life which need to be tied up: namely Gary Duncan (who still has a key to her apartment); Scott Pomeranz (a lecherous dentist turned theatrical producer); and Darcy Slotnick (who may be a carrier of herpes). The unexpected appearance of Irving's wife, Marsha, to discuss their divorce procedure (and to pass along some rather unkind observations from their children) only adds to Irv's consternation, and fuels the growing suspicion that he may live to regret his rash decision. When the suddenly liberated Marsha goes off with Gary (who may have contracted herpes from Dawn, who may have picked it up from Darcy) Irv's spirits sink still further, and when he seeks guidance from the aged Rabbi Blaufarb, it is not this ancient worthy who turns up but, instead, his free-living young son and successor (who also had a summer fling with Dawn in the Hamptons). But it is always darkest before the dawn, as we discover when it develops that the herpes scare was a hoax and when Irving and Marsha (after really talking to each other for the first time in years) decide to give their marriage—and its neglected romance—another chance.
A zany and very funny examination of what happens (good and bad) when an older man decides to leave his wife and children for a younger woman.


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