Overview


Synopsis

The evening begins with three young couples playing Twenty Questions. Drinks have been flowing, and the personalities of the six friends begin to clash. There is the biting, cynical wit of cancer-stricken Jo; her likeable husband Sam; stiff and proper Edgar; his wife, the easily-insulted Lucinda; easy-going Fred; and his lover, the outsider, Carol. When Jo’s pain becomes so intense that she begins to scream, she and Sam retire for the evening. The stage empties, revealing Elizabeth and Oscar They are elegant, handsome, and quite clearly together. She is from Dubuque, and claims to be Jo’ mother. The two of them handle all queries from Sam and the previous night’s guests, but questions still remain. It seems as if Elizabeth must be, in some way, representative of death itself, and the comfort it can bring. No real answers are given, but death rarely brings answers - it only brings endings.


Characters

Sam

Male

Lead

Spoken

Jo

Female

Lead

Spoken

Female

Lead

Spoken



Show Information

Category
Number of Acts
2 Acts
First Produced
1980
Genres
Settings
Unit/Single Set
Time & Place
a modern day house, 1980, present
Cast Size
Orchestra Size
None
Dancing
None
Ideal For
professional theatre, college theatre, community theatre
Casting Notes

Includes adult, mature adult characters

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