Full Length Play
Time Period - 1970s
Settings Of Play - A run-down bar on Manhattan's Lower East Side, once a small resaurant; mid-70s.
FEATURES / CONTAINS
Adult, Senior, Teen (Age 14 - 18)
High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre
Charlie, owner of a run-down bar on Manhattan's lower East side, shuns the present for memories of a more favorable past. Heavily in debt, due to gambling, he vainly attempts to reinstate himself with plans to reopen the bar's restaurant. He unsuccessfully woos his estranged son in this venture. He cannot face the realities of his life even when warned of impending danger and he bridles under the pressures in an alcoholic daze.
"We have walked off the street into Charlie's bar. The dialogue is flavorful and as salty as pretzels. Clearly the author speaks from a position of authority...Mr. Borrelli definitely knows his milieu and has an empathy for earthy and interesting characters." - New York Times
They'd Come to See Charlie was first presented at the Hartford Stage Company in Hartford, Connecticut on May 12th, 1978.