The Gerbil is the story of a burglar caught breaking into the home of a dysfunctional couple, whose love for their daughter is the glue keeping their marriage together. The brutal ending reveals the harm their marriage has taken on the daughter, although she never appears on stage.
Published as part of Tall Grass.
"Farce is Brian Harris' métier – it allows the brutality of each relationship to creep up on you, heightening the dramatic tension in a way that Neil LaBute's handling of similar themes cannot." - The New York Times
"Juicy, Entertaining and Dangerous! A woman becomes her boyfriend's boss, a man catches a burglar in his home, a con artist tries to dupe an elderly couple – each play veers towards violence and dark humor. The fizzy energy of a romantic comedy [...] a threatening sexual vibe!" - Variety
"Unpredictable Tall Tales! Three surreal notions of the things we do for love." - The Village Voice
"The dark, brutal underbelly of humanity is present in each character, perhaps making for a devastating look at modern life. Brian Harris' dialogue is fast, full of life, and showing these characters in all their complexities in such a short amount of time." - Edge Publications
- Gun Shots
- Minimum Fee: $45 per performance
$75 with other plays in collection
- Time Period: Present Day
- Setting: A nice dining room.
- Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes
DOG - 20s-30s, a black man
MARGARET - 40s, James’s wife