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With and Without - Full Length Play

With and Without

Jeffrey Sweet

Full Length Play

2m, 2f

Shelly and Mark have rented a lake-side house for a week to relax. The…

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Shelly and Mark have rented a lake-side house for a week to relax. They are sharing the house with Jill, who waits to be joined by her husband, Russ. The fact that Russ does not show, and does not call or return calls, foreshadows a rough week. Jill and Russ are having marital problems and Shelly and Mark are feeling put in the middle. Do they advise, make a call, or lie about who is where? Because of the connections to their old friends, feelings of guilt and obligation prevail, whether real or imagined. While they wait for Russ, Jill decides to go rent a bad movie. At the video store she meets, Glen, a recently divorced father, and invites him back to the house for a one night stand. But Mark hears their conversation, intervenes and proceeds to tell Jill she's about to make a mistake. Jill doesn't want anyone to tell her what to do, but while she and Mark argue, Glen drives away. Furious at Mark for causing Glen to leave, Jill decks him and goes after Glen. The next morning, when Jill returns, Shelly gives her a piece of her mind. The two make up, then Shelly tells Jill that her husband called to say he's on his way up after all, full of apologies. But now Mark looms as a possible obstacle, and for Shelly and Mark, finally the issue of how to deal with their friends reveals fault lines in their own marriage.
"…solid, craftsmanlike playwriting at its finest. Beautifully written." —Variety. "[A] warm, wise comedy. So refreshing!" —Chicago Tribune. "WITH AND WITHOUT is superbly well-wrought. All about language, limits and responsibility, Sweet's play sparkles with smart irony." —Houston Press. "…It's rare to witness a play in which everything works so naturally and inevitably. The evening is just a glory from its first moment to the last." —Copley News Service. "Savvy playwright Jeffrey Sweet handles this steamy story and the situational ethics with maturity and wisdom. Sensitive and sage." —Chicago Reader.


2m, 2f


Jeffrey Sweet

Jeffrey Sweet. Though produced on stages around the world, Jeffrey Sweet is most closely associated with Chicago theater. He has premiered plays at the Victory Gardens Theatre since the late seventies and is a member of its Playwrights Ensemble. Among his plays are Flyovers (Joseph Jefferson Award, best script), The Action Against Sol Schumann and American Enterprise (both American Theatre Critics ... view full profile

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