10 Minute Play
Time Period - Contemporary, Present Day
Settings Of Play - The setting is a coffee shop; think Starbucks. Set consists of a couple of chairs and small tables.
FEATURES / CONTAINS
Bare Stage/Simple Set
Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes
Strong Language, Mild Adult Themes
College Theatre / Student, Shoestring Budget, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups
Can two needy people find happiness over a cherry Danish?
Fresh Brewed: Tales from the Coffee Bar is…eight short comedic vignettes, written by Henry Meyerson, about everyday people and their lives. The plays are clever, funny, sad, humiliating, dysfunctional, functional and…just about people! “No Prunes” is about a really dysfunctional messed-up chick… who meets a guy who wants to hook up with the right gal. But we soon find out he’s as messed up as she. “Happy Birthday” is about two guy friends who meet for coffee every Sunday for verbal jousting, this time on one of their birthdays, with a lot of funny lines about circumcision and diminished capacity (in bed). But “George & Martha Find a Way” is probably one of the best of the lot, as the overly dramatic, tongue-in-cheek couple who figure out how to keep their romance alive having verbal sex.
May 1, 2009
From: Stu Hamstra, Cabaret Hotline
Cabaret is not simply a lady in a black sparkly dress standing in front of a piano singing into a microphone. The term is far more inclusive than that. And this fact is proved by a cabaret experience I had on Friday night, October 3rd at Don't Tell Mama.
It was of the most unique cabaret experiences I have had all year. I am talking about Fresh Brewed - Tales From The Coffee Bar. The show consists of 8 short comedies by Henry Meyerson. It was an incredible 55-minute show that held my interest every minute. These eight short vignettes, with four actors playing various roles, were real "slice of life" and so fascinating, you had the impression that maybe 15 or so actors were taking part. Now most of the characters in the stories were quirky and strange, but no stranger than the characters we run into every day on the bus, on the subway, or at Starbucks (or even in a cabaret room or piano bar). The real and the surreal were interspersed throughout.
This is not quite a "family show" so parents be advised. But it is a comic evening with a twist - there are truly thoughtful insights interspersed with the clever, humorous dialog. Truly, not to be missed.
No Prune premiered at the 1998 Samuel French Short Play Festival, New York, directed by Mildred Purdy. Subsequent performances were at Avery Point Playhouse, 1999 and The Producers Club, 2000, both directed by James Alexander Bond, at Midtown International Theatre Festival, 2000, directed by Charles Armesto, First Stage, LA, 2002, directed by Bill Becker, and at Sticky, Sheffield, UK, directed by Lisa Charles.