Comedy, by Ken Bradbury, 2001

This is comedy of the absurd as a couple is having breakfast. The daughter breaks in with the report of an accident to the son. The parents suggest that she isn’t using her best acting skills

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10 - 12 minutes

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  • 2 Females, 3 Males

Product Id: #770

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An excerpt …

(it’s not your basic morning chat)

MOTHER: (pouring coffee) Think we should wake the children?


MOTHER: The children. We have two of them.

FATHER: (a long beat, then) Oh. Might as well.

MOTHER: What were their names?

FATHER: (a beat, then) Who?

MOTHER: The children.

FATHER: Oh. (a beat, then) Who?

MOTHER: The children … names. I’ve forgotten.

FATHER: (a beat, then) You must write these things down.

(the daughter bursts in)

FATHER: (indicating Leonora) There’s one of them now.

MOTHER: Leonora. Her name’s Leonora. I remember her now.

LEONORA: Max slipped in the shower! He’s hurt!


MOTHER: Your son.

LEONORA: Mother!


LEONORA: Come help me! Please! I think he’s broken his leg!

MOTHER: You can do that better.

FATHER: Not convincing.

LEONORA: What are you talking about?

MOTHER: Sweetheart ... uh …

LEONORA: Leonora.

MOTHER: Leonora darling, your father and I have paid big money for your education at The Delacarte School of Theatre. Then you come in here this morning with this utterly unconvincing performance.

LEONORA: He’s dying, Mother.

MOTHER: Reminiscent of Chekov.

FATHER: No. Miller. Definitely Arthur Miller.

MOTHER: Perhaps more of Williams? (to Leonora) Sweetheart, could you just try this? Just for me? Shout “Stella!!!!”

LEONORA: His name is Max!

MOTHER: Well, that’s irrelevant.


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