Steak Night

by  Richard Polak

Short Play, Dark Comedy  /  3m, 2f

"A dark little comedy with deepening layers... [that] provides a metaphor, both telling and chilling, of the ease with which a really determined, clever leader can and does use democracy to overthrow democracy... Polak combines grim Kafkaesque…

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This is an amusing yet chilling look at an American family which is doing something about declining family values. They have a strict set of rules and, if one is broken, the other family members vote on the nature, length and severity of punishment. The voting always takes place on the night the family has steak for dinner. The most enthusiastic participant in this rite is Alan, a 16 year old bully, until he transgresses and the family votes on his punishment. Very cleverly, very deviously, Alan swings the vote in his favor and takes over the family!
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"A dark little comedy with deepening layers... [that] provides a metaphor, both telling and chilling, of the ease with which a really determined, clever leader can and does use democracy to overthrow democracy... Polak combines grim Kafkaesque elements wi SFI Short Short No Maybe No No Steal Away 21332 Title Full Length Play Drama Interior A Folktale, set in Chicago during the Depression, this farce is the story of 5 upstanding church ladies who raise funds to send young Black women to college by holding bake sales and the like. Their latest beneficiary, Tracyada, has more ambitious ideas. She wants them all to rob a bank! Of course, the ladies are reluctant to do anything that drastic; but when they are turned down at the bank for a loan to send another young woman to college because the White bank manager doesn't think colored girls" need an education, the ladies decide to join in Tracyada's scheme. Incredibly enough, they manage to pull off the robbery; and, they escape scot free as the news comes over the radio that the police suspect the Dillinger gang!

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