6/24/2016 12:12 AM
Stuck is the fourth and final story in the collection Love Is a Blue Tick Hound by southern playwright Audrey Cefaly. Bob and Maggie have just met each other. Found each other online (good luck with that, real world) had coffee and are on either their first or second date, depending on your definition of "date." Notes on the back cover of the book say things go terribly wrong. I don't feel this way. Maybe it's because not many of my dates have ever gone particularly well. The awkward moments, labored breathing, panicked statements, that universal need to impress the other person in any way you can...who among us has not experienced all of this multiple times? We live it, we see it in countless Woody Allen and Neil Simon scenes, it has the trademark stamp of Cefaly honesty to it.
What we fall in love with here is the symbolic exchange of trust, though, that shines through between these two. And how brilliant that all this nervous energy, and the first-blush notion that everything is going wrong, really is the reason that everything is going right. Because Bob is nervous too, and there is never EVER is a greater source of hope in this world than the notion that we are not alone in our struggle. So bless you, Bob and Maggie, I predict a June wedding and a beautiful life together. And thank you, Audrey Cefaly, for reminding us that glorious imperfection is the best stuff of life!!!
5/28/2016 1:02 AM
Who hasn't been there? Striking out in the dating world? And these days, many do so online...this play is a humorous, and at times dark comic take, on the modern dating world.