Time Period - Present Day
Settings Of Play - A bar in Santa Monica, California
FEATURES / CONTAINS
Interior Set, Bare Stage/Simple Set
Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes
Alcohol, Mild Adult Themes, Smoking
College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre, Shoestring Budget, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups
RECOGNITION / AWARDS
Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival
Winner! Samuel French Off Off Broadway Festival
In the last smoking bar in Santa Monica a beautiful woman in a green evening dress sits alone, smoking and drinking martinis. She has a past, a secret and no future. Watching her from the bar while he drinks doubles is a man with little to lose who will stop at nothing to win her. Drinks are downed, stories are told, strangers dance and kiss. As they are leaving together, she reveals her secret. This funny, heartbreaking tale is told in the evocative language of film noir.
Published in Off Off Broadway Festival Plays, 24th Series.
"In this darkishly delicious slice of life, staged in film-noir wrappings, we are privy to a chance meeting of two lost and wanting souls, about to collide like two sinking ships passing in the night... Steven Fechter's understated tensions... make it impossible to presume the final outcome of this union till the play's last seconds." - Backstage West
"The banter that ensues is so witty and well delivered that it rivals Nick and Nora's clever chatter in The Thin Man. Still, there is more to this play than playwright Steven Fechter's crackling dialogue.... A darkness lurks beneath the shiny surface of this charming flirtation, a darkness that subtly and accurately reveals the potency of human desire." - LA Weekly
"The Last Cigarette is a brooding, moody and tantalizing exploration into the motives of why people say and do the things they do when playing the mating game." - Reviewplays.com
The Last Cigarette was first produced in the Samuel French Off-Off-Broadway Festival in 1999, New York City, directed by Larry Geddes. The producing organization was he Tuesday Group.