The Tangled Skirt
Full Length Play, Drama / 1m, 1f
Two strangers await the last bus out of town, as small talk turns into a deadly game of cat and mouse and both seek advantage, trapped in their own secrets and lies, to be the last one standing. As the bus barrels toward the station, Bailey and Rhonda, torn by passion and greed, must confront each other, and themselves, as fate closes in.
- Nominee! Mystery Writers of America Edgar Award, Best Play
"All the steam and suspense of a classic film noir. The laws of attraction and survival clash through surprising revelations and dangerous switchbacks neither one - or an audience - could predict" - Broadway World
"Braunstein's taut script - sharply written - offers up plenty of quotable lines, tense, caffeinated energy (and) a sleepless dynamic so on the money for the genre in its night-owl world" - Asbury Park Press
"Noir infused intrigue...steamy...deftly mannered...twists and turns. An elegant homage to the noir genre by Mr. Braunstein." - The New York Times
"Braunstein doesn't parody or plagiarize the genre. His characters, dialogue, and setting smack of originality. The audience is hooked from the start." - Two Rivers Times
"Stylish, hard-boiled pulp fiction. Given that this is a two-character play, it is amazing that there are so many twists, turns, and genuine surprises to which Braunstein delightfully treats us. You are bound to have a really good time." - Talkin' Broadway
"Excellent dialogue that could be Wilder and Chandler, and some wonderfully paradoxical eyebrow-raising lines." - NYTheatre.com
"Steve Braunstein is one of the few playwrights around who can write a cracking good mystery." - Backstage
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by Steve Braunstein
September 10, 2013
- No Special Cautions
- Minimum Fee: $75 per performance
- Time Period: Present Day
- Duration: 90 minutes
- Setting: A small town bus depot. 12:30am. The play occurs in real time with no intermission.
- Additional Features: No intermission
RHONDA CLAIRE – a stranger in town, to die for; in her 30s.
- Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
- Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)
The Tangled Skirt was first presented at The New Jersey Repertory Company on December 4, 2010.