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The first play, THE SHOW MUST GO ON, cleverly mixes up sitcoms and real life by presenting us with an ostensibly authentic suburban family in which all the members read their lines from a stilted and hilariously dismal script. Trouble develops when someone shows up who is not in the script. Furthermore, she (the part was supposed to call for a burly telephone repairman) isThe first play, THE SHOW MUST GO ON, cleverly mixes up sitcoms and real life by presenting us with an ostensibly authentic suburban family in which all the members read their lines from a stilted and hilariously dismal script. Trouble develops when someone shows up who is not in the script. Furthermore, she (the part was supposed to call for a burly telephone repairman) is both fetching and given to improvisation that throws the others completely. And when the father of the family is lured into trying his hand at "winging it," he ends up being fired and facing divorce from his jealous wife-while the substitute father who is rushed in to replace him arrives with the wrong script! (4 men, 2 women.) In the second play, SEEING SOMEONE, a young man finds it difficult to shake off obsessive thoughts of his former girlfriend and build a new relationship with her successor, because every time he starts to embrace his current lady, he is immediately besieged with a clear vision (across the stage) of what his old flame is up to and with whom-the latter being a stupid, clumsy lout who breaks her china and pops the buttons off her clothes! (2 men, 2 women.) In the third play, IF WALLS COULD TALK, a husband and wife, Gilbert and Arlene, pay a reluctant visit to the bedside of the dying grandfather, a thoroughly pompous, tyrannical sort who has always managed to make his grandson feel inadequate while boring him with endless stories about his deprived youth in the old country and his subsequent great success in the new. But as Gilbert ruminates about what "Grandgaggy" might really be like, a series of deceased family members and former friends miraculously materialize, one by one, and neatlydemolish any myths that the dying man might have hoped to perpetuate. In fact, he was, it turns out, a thoroughly unsavory character-and the others are hardly elated by the thought that the time has come for him to join them again-this time forever! (7 men, 4 women.)...

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The Show Must Go On, Seeing Someone, If Walls Could Talk. Reviews

  • Kat
    2018-09-24 03:28

    As the title implies, this is a collection of 3 one-act plays. I don't know if they are intended to be performed separately or together, as there is no instruction in the script book. Being as they all have very overt metaphors embedded within the plot, I would imagine that playing them together would work best. A fun trio of short plays, but I don't know that they would work well for my high school players."The Show Must Go On" was funny. The metaphor of the story (planned life versus acting on impulse) is quite literal in this play, and cracked me up more than once. The family's life- conversation and actions- are literally scripted and gets turned a bit upside down when they encounter a woman who does improv.In "Seeing Someone" a guy can't get over his ex and literally sees her all the time, no matter where she is. Probably the least funny to me, at least in reading. It might be better when staged."If Walls Could Talk" is the story of a young father dealing with the death of his very successful grandfather. Pretty soon dead relatives are coming through the walls, and telling the real story of "Gaggy"'s life- which is very different from the stories Gaggy told. This one is fascinating to me because families always have skeletons in the closet, and parents always want to make themselves look better to their children than they necessarily are/were.