A Way with Words

by  Frank D. Gilroy

Short Play, Comedy  /  2m, 1f

Life long friends, a writer and an accountant, meet for lunch once a year when the writer visits New York. The writer always asks how the accountant's wife is and he always replies fine, until today when he admits they have been divorced for over a decade. 

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A Way with Words

by  Frank D. Gilroy

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    2m, 1f
  • Duration

    Duration

    30 minutes
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

Life long friends, a writer and an accountant, meet for lunch once a year when the writer visits New York. The writer always asks how the accountant's wife is and he always replies fine, until today when he admits they have been divorced for over a decade. He has heard rumors of strife between his ex wife and her current husband and he wants the writer to accidentally bump into her as she jogs in Central Park to see if there is any chance of reconciliation. The result is surprising, comic and moving.

Published in the collection A Way with Words

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Reviews

REVIEWS 

"A mirthful contemplation of the limits of friendship and the obsessiveness of a spurned spouse...A wry roundelay...Settle down in the calm companionship of Mr. Gilroy." - The New York Times 

"A true, full play in parvo." - New York Magazine 

"One of the rare one act plays that, like those psychological studies by Strindberg, actually justify the form...A real drama of considerable feeling and subtlety." - New York Post

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  • College Theatre / Student
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License details

  • Minimum Fee: $45 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary
  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Setting: A corner table in a Manhattan restaurant.
  • Additional Features: No intermission
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Casting

2m, 1f
LOUISE
FRED
ARTIE
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Frank D. Gilroy

Frank Daniel Gilroyis an award-winning playwright, producer, screenwriter and director. After graduating from Dartmouth College and the Yale School of Drama, he contributed profusely as a writer to the golden age of television. His impressive first play, Who'll Save the Plowboy?, won an Obie Award in 1962. In 1965, his ...

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A Way with Words premiered at the Ensemble Studio Theatre in New York City in 1991 under the direction of Chris Smith.

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