Time Period - Contemporary
Settings Of Play - A corner table in a Manhattan restaurant.
FEATURES / CONTAINS
Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes
College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre
Life long friends, a writer and an accountant, meet for lunch once a year when the writer visits New York. The writer always asks how the accountant's wife is and he always replies fine, until today when he admits they have been divorced for over a decade. He has heard rumors of strife between his ex wife and her current husband and he wants the writer to accidentally bump into her as she jogs in Central Park to see if there is any chance of reconciliation. The result is surprising, comic and moving.
Published in the collection A Way with Words
"A mirthful contemplation of the limits of friendship and the obsessiveness of a spurned spouse...A wry roundelay...Settle down in the calm companionship of Mr. Gilroy." - The New York Times
"A true, full play in parvo." - New York Magazine
"One of the rare one act plays that, like those psychological studies by Strindberg, actually justify the form...A real drama of considerable feeling and subtlety." - New York Post
A Way with Words premiered at the Ensemble Studio Theatre in New York City in 1991 under the direction of Chris Smith.