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The Chinese and Dr. Fish - Collection / Anthology

The Chinese and Dr. Fish

Murray Schisgal

Collection / Anthology

ISBN: 9780822202073

THE CHINESE. The scene is the Chinese laundry that is also home for th…

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THE CHINESE. The scene is the Chinese laundry that is also home for the Lee family—father, mother and son, Chester. The older Lees are quite obviously Asian while Chester (who is usually taken for Jewish) is not—but his questions as to the possibility of his "real biological parents" are invariably turned aside by the Lees. Chester asks his fiancée (a nice Jewish girl) to meet his family—without telling her they are Chinese—which results in a series of hilarious misunderstandings. The Lees, indignant at Chester's obvious reluctance to be Chinese, have other plans—in the form of Pu Ping Chow, a sweet little Chinese girl fresh from Hong Kong. In the end the burning question of Chester's identity is answered but with such wry inscrutability that his future will most likely be as much a dilemma as his past. (2 men, 3 women.) DR. FISH. Anxious to make their sex life more "meaningful," a middle-aged couple consult the eminent Dr. Fish, a sexpert whose doctorate happens to be in American history. The wife and the doctor get along swimmingly once she has overcome her reluctance to say certain forbidden words, but the husband, a down-to-earth type, remains unconvinced. The efforts of the eager young Dr. Fish to overcome the doubts of this worthy couple lead to some enormously funny moments, but the one who finally wins over the husband is Dr. Fish's slightly dotty grandmother—who keeps bustling in with unwanted advice and steaming bowls of homemade lentil soup. In the end the grandmother, the husband, and a tureen of soup depart together, leaving Dr. Fish and his patient to ponder the deeper mysteries of sexual malaise and its cures. (2 men, 2 women.)
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