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Power Plays - Short Play, Comedy

Power Plays

Alan Arkin, Elaine May

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Short Play, Comedy

2m, 2f

ISBN: 9780573626982

Consists of The Way of All FishVirtual Reality and In and Out of the Light, three short plays about the collision of wills that were an Off Broadway comedy sensation starring the authors.

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Description

Short Play

Comedy

Time Period - Contemporary, Present Day

Settings Of Play - A nicely furnished office.
A dark room.
A dentist's office, waiting room, and examining room.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Unit Set/Multiple Settings, Bare Stage/Simple Set

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

CAUTIONS

Mild Adult Themes

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult, Teen (Age 14 - 18)

PERFORMANCE GROUP

College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre, Shoestring Budget

RECOGNITION / AWARDS

From Off-Broadway

Consists of The Way of All FishVirtual Reality, and In and Out of the Light, three short plays about the collision of wills that were an Off Broadway comedy sensation starring the authors. 

The Way of All Fish looks at the relationship between Ms. Asquith, a wealthy woman in New York, and her secretary, Ms. Riverton. When Ms. Asquith invites her to dinner, the two women literally and figuratively flex their muscles to prove who really has the upper hand in their relationship.

Virtual Reality follows Lefty as he starts a new job at an undisclosed location. As he meets his supervisor, De Recha, Lefty begins to question what exactly this new job is going to be, but the more he works in the imaginary the more taxing his job becomes.

In and Out of the Light is a classic slamming doors farce that follows one dentist's desire to cozy up with his new assistant. The only prblem is his son, Harry, desperatley needs to reveal not one, but two hurtful secrets to his father. Not to mention his hyper-anxious patient, Wanda, won't let just anyone give her novacaine. 

REVIEWS

"Classic comedies...with subversive details that keep catching you off guard....The evening...percolates with actorly inventiveness and a willingness to pursue a warped logic step by step into the land of absurdity. Has a heady sense of discovery, of seeing prototypical situations being twisted and spun to the point of dizziness, of disparate comic minds bouncing off each other." - The New York Times, Read More

"...an enriching collaboration between veteran masters of off-the-wall humor." - Variety, Read More

"A giddy delight." - New York Post

"Hilarious as well as thoughtful." - The New York Daily News

Power Plays were originally produced at the Manhattan Theatre Club in New York City in April 1998 under the direction of Alan Arkin.
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CASTING

2m, 2f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)

THE WAY OF ALL FISH 
MS. ASQUITH - A wealthy business woman.
MS. RIVERTON
- Her secretary.

VIRTUAL REALITY 
DE RECHA - An older man, Lefty's supervisor.
LEFTY
- A younger man, new to the job with De Recha.

IN AND OUT OF THE LIGHT 
DR. KESSELMAN - A cheating dentist.
SUE - Dr. Kesselman's new assistant.
HARRY - Dr. Kesselman's son who is in dentistry school.
WANDA - A hyper anxious psychologist and patient of Dr. Kesselamn.

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