Piese de Murray Schisgal

74 Georgia Avenue
Deeply affecting examination of the bizarre developments which follow when a successful (but deeply unhappy) white businessman, Marty, decides to spend a few days in his boyhood home, in what has now become a black neighborhood. He encounters Joseph, the son of the now deceased black man who was once the janitor of the once thriving synagogue which Marty attended as a child, and whose recollections of those long ago years parallel his own. And, magically, these years are relived, as Joseph "becomes" the long-dead figures who peopled Marty's boyhood and who, in memory, have drawn him to his journey into the past
All Over Town
Increasingly disenchanted by the myriad disasters in the world around him, Dr. Lionel Morris, an eminent psychiatrist, is on the verge of withdrawing to a life of Buddhist contemplation. However, egged on by his intense daughter and her social worker fiance, he is drawn into dealing with a very special welfare department case: a young man named Louie who has fathered nine children by five different women, all out of wedlock and all now on public assistance. The doctor's plan is to have Louie move into the family's luxurious apartment while he analyzes him, but, as luck would have it, a young black deliveryman, Lewis, strays by and is mistaken for Louie-a misconception with which he readily goes along. When the real Louie shows up Lewis conceals him in a guest room and gives him reams of the doctor's questionnaires to fill out, while he pursues his own scheme of hustling the good doctor into putting up the money for a tap-dancing school in Harlem. Adding to the general confusion are, among others, the doctor's vapid wife, who is carrying on an affair with a military man friend of the family; a lascivious Swedish maid who can't keep her hands off Lewis; a bogus "French" cook and maid; a near-sighted burglar; and the military man's opera-loving wife-all of whom make their individual, and very funny contributions both to the increasing merriment of the play and to the trenchant, underlying observations which liven and illuminate it.
Closet Madness
Six male friends all with marriage breakdowns. One decides that from now on gay is best and starts going through his friends to find a partner.
Dactilograful
When Paul Cunningham reports for work addressing postcards for a mail order house, he makes it clear to his fellow worker, Sylvia Payton, that his employment is strictly temporary. Paul, a married man, is studying law at night, and with his uncle already in successful practice there is every hope that his future will be a promising one. Sylvia, the "supervisor" of the two-employee office, has a few dreams herself-mostly of the romantic variety so often indulged in by not so young spinsters with widowed mothers to support. Paul and Sylvia hit it off well, and as Paul's "temporary" tenure stretches on from weeks to months to years they become involved in the shared experiences of close daily contact.
Dr. Fish
Anxious to make their sex life more "meaningful," a middle-aged couple consult the eminent Dr. Fish, a sex expert whose doctorate happens to be in American history. The wife and the doctor get along swimmingly once she has overcome her reluctance to say certain forbidden words, but the husband, a down-to-earth type, remains unconvinced. The efforts of the eager young Dr. Fish to overcome the doubts of this worthy lead to some enormously funny moments, but the one who finally wins over the husband is Dr. Fish's slightly dotty grandmother-who keeps bustling in with unwanted advice and steaming bowls of homemade lentil soup. In the end the grandmother, the husband, and a tureen of soup depart together, leaving Dr. Fish and his patient to ponder the deeper mysteries of sexual malaise and its cures.
Ducks And Lovers
Having moved away from his gypsy heritage to a Phi Beta Kappa key in college and a high salaried job in advertising, Robert Latore now wants to make a complete break-marriage to the boss' daughter and a vice presidency in the firm. But the others in his family are reluctant to let him go, particularly his mother, Yana (who believes that Robert's late father has returned in the form of a duck); his would-be bride, Tonya Panpanya (who was promised to him when he was eleven); and Queen Mother Lenya (who announces on her deathbed that Robert is the new gypsy king). Inevitably Robert's two worlds collide as his bizarre relatives scheme to retrieve him from the enticements of his Establishment colleagues, but somehow the antic turns and twists of the plot bring all the loose ends together in time for a happy, and wonderfully wacky, ending.
Extensions
A vaudeville team, waiting to hear from its agent, are subjected to a relentless barrage of supernatural telephone calls that encapsulate all of life's random vicissitudes. Song, dance and comic patter intertwine with the absurdist Dramatization of their isolation and desperate need for each other.
Fragments
We see three futile young men, lifelong friends (and enemies), who lash out at each other and alienate the young social worker who visits them in their cluttered room.
How We Reached An Impasse On Nuclear Energy
A nuclear energy official, Dennis, returns from a lengthy trip abroad to find that his wife, Rosalind, has grown a beard! While very much a believer in women's liberation, the startled Dennis finds his openmindedness sorely taxed this time-which leads on to some very pertinent, and funny, observations about sexism, role-playing, and the threat of nuclear annihilation.
Jealousy
When Jerry Stone comes hone to his luxurious Manhattan apartment for dinner he is in exceptionally high spirits. His business is apparently doing well; his sex life is eminently satisfying; and both he and his wife, Nina, appear to be happier than they have ever been. But then the cracks appear: Nina confesses that she has been carrying on an affair with the elevator man for the past twelve years; and Jerry abruptly confesses that they are on the edge of bankruptcy. The Stones are then visited by Robert Ginsburg, Jerry's oldest friend, whom they haven't seen for many years. Robert, who has developed the power to predict the future, tells Jerry that Demco Petro (a stock Jerry had just sold to raise cash) will open $28 a share higher in the morning-which means that if Jerry had held on a day longer he would have realized a profit of $70,000! Shattered, Jerry and Nina move slowly away from each other, their life in ruins, as thunder and lightning crash ominously in the background
Jimmy Shine
Martin Gottfried, in describing the play says: "The play is about a starving young painter living in a Greenwich Village loft. . .He is immediately established as mildly freaky: beer chilling on top of an ice cube, a mat of hair pasted on his chest. . .The play then moves into a flashback structure, which Schisgal handles with consummate skill, moving back and forth from the present to Brooklyn high school days, a quick trip to San Francisco and a painfully funny attempt at going straight working in a fish store. . .Shine is super-buddies with a school classmate, as boys are prone to be super-buddies in high school. A born follower, he is talked into skipping college by his pal, the idea being to become Village painters. Though he has neither an interest in nor a talent for painting, his friend-the ultimate phoney-convinces him that it is possible. So he goes off to paint while the buddy decides to go to college. As it turns out, need I say, the buddy never does become a painter. He goes into his father's real estate business and marries the girl Shine adored. So the artist holes up in his loft, painting terrible pictures and dreaming about the girls he never gets while satisfying himself with a lovely and quite real prostitute.
Lady in Black
Little Johnny
We meet two cemetery caretakers, Mary and Tom, who lament the death of their sailor son, Little Johnny, and decide to create a proper chapel for him by looting the graves in their care. The project soon takes them over, reviving the passion which has dwindled between them, and so absorbing them that when Johnny (who has not drowned) suddenly returns they can no longer accept him and must drive him away once and for all.
Luv
despre alte sensuri ale dragostei decât cele cu care suntem obişnuiţi – Harry Berlin este un inadaptat, obosit să caute sensul vieţii, care ar vrea să scape de această povară, Milt Manville este un om de succes, prizonier între două iubiri – una caldă, confortabilă, de acasă şi alta nouă, incitantă, stârnită de setea de putere, iar Ellen Manville, o soţie devotată, care a crezut atât de mult în iubirea eternă încât s-a pierdut pe sine într-o căsnicie consumată. Un triunghi al căutărilor, o farsă absurdă şi comică a vieţii, care te delectează cu subiectele actuale propuse: iubirea soţiei dată cu împrumut, pierderea identităţii, incapacitatea de a comunica cu adevărat şi lipsa de sens a tuturor diversiunilor create.
Memorial Day
An unhappy couple is bickering over the miseries of their marriage. They vie for the loyalties of the son they have consigned to the backyard well. When they haul him up, his is a final, uniting sadness-a straw dummy dressed in a soldier's uniform.
Oatmeal And Kisses
Schneider has become a glutton, and Roxanne, his pretty, and much younger wife, is surprised by the new method of trimming him down: a live-in, over-zealous, yet attractive doctor, Peter Wellington. Though Schneider agreed to this method, he rebels when he can't have all his vices around him while he diets and cleans his system. After lots of door-slamming and double-daring, Schneider becomes the epitome of a make-over to an extreme degree, Dr. Wellington falls hopelessly in love with Roxanne, and Roxanne struggles to get her old life back, though she'll settle for compromise. In the end, Roxanne gets her way as she straightens out both men in a style all her own.
Old Wine in a New Bottle
Irving Berger, having reached a late-middle-aged crisis, has decided to leave his wife of twenty-two years and move in with Dawn Williams, an attractive young actress with whom he has been having a clandestine affair. Unfortunately Irving's arrival catches Dawn by surprise, and with a few loose ends in her own life which need to be tied up: namely Gary Duncan (who still has a key to her apartment); Scott Pomeranz (a lecherous dentist turned theatrical producer); and Darcy Slotnick (who may be a carrier of herpes). The unexpected appearance of Irving's wife, Marsha, to discuss their divorce procedure (and to pass along some rather unkind observations from their children) only adds to Irv's consternation, and fuels the growing suspicion that he may live to regret his rash decision. When the suddenly liberated Marsha goes off with Gary (who may have contracted herpes from Dawn, who may have picked it up from Darcy) Irv's spirits sink still further, and when he seeks guidance from the aged Rabbi Blaufarb, it is not this ancient worthy who turns up but, instead, his free-living young son and successor (who also had a summer fling with Dawn in the Hamptons). But it is always darkest before the dawn, as we discover when it develops that the herpes scare was a hoax and when Irving and Marsha (after really talking to each other for the first time in years) decide to give their marriage-and its neglected romance-another chance.
Play Time
In a neo-naturalistic, comedic style, integrating original songs, verbal banter, dances and vaudeville turns, PLAY TIME explores the lives of five contemporary characters in an age of waning convictions. The story told is that of a stockbroker who, in a Faustian bargain, agrees to divulge "inside information" to an enormously successful Wall Street trader. This leads our stockbroker into a series of adventures that transform his personality and his beliefs.
Popkins
As the play begins Chuck Popkin, an underpaid assistant editor, is greeted by his wife, Claudia, with the unsettling news that she is leaving him, not for another man but for another woman: Eleanor Lipton in the public relations department. Shortly thereafter his boss, Mr. Barnaby, tells him that his services are no longer required, although he does offer one slim ray of hope if the meek Chuck is man enough to take the risk involved. As it happens, a certain cold-blooded criminal known as "The Cobra," now serving time in the State Prison, is also an exceptional (if primitive) writer, but he refuses to talk with agents or publishers about his work. Chuck's assignment is to get himself put in jail, befriend "The Cobra," and persuade him to let Barnaby's firm publis his book. To everyone's surprise the plan not only works but does so with such success (thanks to Chuck's romantic involvement with "The Cobra") that Chuck ends up taking over the company. Meanwhile Claudia's liaison with Eleanor is not working out quite as happily as expected, so she leaves her to move in with two Costa Rican house painters and then to decamp with Stanley Hitzig, a free spirit who dresses like a Viking and who sets Claudia up in the real estate business in California. When Chuck and Claudia eventually get together again they are, to put it mildly, changed people, but, as the play ends, they decide to give it another go-this time, no doubt, to replace their former mistakes with even more antically outrageous new ones.
Road Show
After achieving success in New York as a hard-driving television executive, Andy Broude and his wife, Bianca, are heading westward to Hollywood-where Andy expects to take over the helm of a major motion picture studio. Having decided to "see the country" en route, Andy and Bianca are driving to California (with frequent stops to call Andy's agent, who is still negotiating the fine points of Andy's contract) and as the play begins they are laying over in a small midwestern town. But then fate intervenes when Andy unexpectedly encounters his first love, Evelyn (who is now married to the local druggist), old memories flood back, and Andy unaccountably finds himself planning to give up California (and Bianca) to recapture the idealistic life he had once hoped for with Evelyn, when he was a struggling (but still dedicated) writer and she was a music student. However, complications arise in the form of Evelyn's rather odd but good-hearted husband, Robert; the demands of the children whom both couples have produced; and, of course, the indomitable Bianca. Using cardboard props and sets to emphasize the antic, fast-paced nature of the play, the action moves ahead swiftly as it follows the emotional ups and downs of the characters, and the eventual thudding return to reality when Andy is finally informed that his new job is definite (at a million plus per year), and he and Bianca hop back into their car to depart, with hardly a backward glance as, sadder but wiser, Evelyn and Robert (whose father has just died) console each other for their respective losses.
Sexaholics
Tony and Juliet are driven obsessively, pathologically, and hilariously, by sexual desire. This, prior to the advent of AIDS. Scene 2 occurs after 1981 and reveals how they try to cope, control, humanize their sexual drives. The results mirror our sexual lives in the 1990s.
Simple Kind of Love Story
A brilliantly inventive riches-to-rags saga in which a young writer is overwhelmed with flattery, gifts and promises of fortune by a high pressure agent and then, just as quickly, reduced to quivering uncertainty and suicide when it appears that his creative juices have run dry
The Artist And The Model
An aging male Artist is sketching a young, female nude Model. Her youth and desirability provoke him to reflect on his life and the abyss that lies between age and youth, between desire and fulfillment.
The Artist And The Model/2,
A female Artist and her young, male nude Model. He is the son of her best friend who gave up the idea of being a painter to raise a family. Who made the wiser choice haunts the Artist as she sketches.
The Basement
Serio-comedy study of a man who has estranged himself from his family, and given up all hope for children, career or money, to pursue the "noble" (and rather strange) scientific research which, in sad truth, has yielded only frustration and unhappiness.
The Chinese
The scene is the Chinese laundry which is also home for the Lee family. The older Lees are quite obviously Asian while Chester (who is usually taken for Jewish) is not-but his questions as to the possibility of his "real biological parents" are invariably turned aside by the Lees. Chester asks his fiancee (a nice Jewish girl) to meet his family-without telling her they are Chinese-which results in a series of hilarious misunderstandings. The Lees, indignant at Chester's obvious reluctance to be Chinese, have other plans-in the form of Pu Ping Chow, a sweet little Chinese girl fresh from Hong Kong. In the end the burning question of Chester's identity is answered, but with such wry Asianl inscrutability that his future will most likely be as much a dilemma as his past.
The Consequence Of Goosing
A humorous study of the sad/funny problems which beset a middle-aged corporate attorney when, in a fit of euphoria, he apparently gooses a shapely young high school girl on his way home from the office.
The Cowboy, The Indian And The Fervent Feminist
After being fired from his job as a highly paid advertising executive, our hero seeks refuge in the fantasy that he is a cowboy in the Old West. His wife seeks to bring him back to reality with humorous unforeseen consequences.
The Flatulist
Black comedy gem in which Gregory, the son of a once famous comedian, confronts his father's longtime agent, and pleads for a chance to demonstrate the rather bizarre "act" which he has perfected. As the two parry and thrust, the deep-seated antagonism which Gregory feels for his father's exploiter is revealed, and then, in the surprising finale, suitably avenged.
The Man Who Couldn't Stop Crying
A successful camera store owner finds something to cry about in every thing he sees.
The Old Jew
The old jew sits alone in his shabby room, an old man pouring out his anguish to a group of imaginary neighbors. Then, removing his wig and makeup, reveals himself to be a young, embittered actor.
The Pushcart Peddlers
The greenhorn, Shimmel, fresh from the old country, meets the older, wiser Cornelius, and is inveigled into buying his pushcart business. Complications arise when Cornelius returns with another pushcart and proceeds to compete with Shimmel at the same location; and when Shimmel is smitten by Maggie, a flower seller who aspires to become a musical comedy star. Learning quickly to adapt, Shimmel decides to become a theatrical producer-with hilarious albeit satisfying results.
The Rabbi and the Toyota Dealer
The Rabbi has been committing adultery for years. Now he wants to confess and become a Born Again Jew.
There Are No Sacher Tortes In Our Society!
An apparently congenial couple, live in a comfortable Manhattan apartment. One afternoon, when Janice is trying to clean up the place a bit, their domestic tranquillity is disrupted by the arrival of Alex's long lost brother, Max, who suddenly appears, complete with full beard and carrying a canary in a cage. Max's behavior is frantic and decidedly odd: He smashes a window with a frying pan in order to air out the apartment, and he abruptly disappears, only to resurface when Alex arrives home from work. Happy to be united with his brother after so many years, Max regales the impressionable Alex with tales of his wild escapades as a drifter, convincing Alex that marriage is stifling and that a man must get out on his own to experience life at its fullest. Alex, drawing himself together, then confronts Janice, announces that their marriage is over, and departs defiantly with Max. Six months later, however, we discover that Alex and Max now both seedy drifters and distressingly dependent on each other, are the ones who have sunk into a tiresome rut; while Janice, contentedly living by herself, has been promoted to a managerial position in the department store where Alex once worked
Tigrul
un tanar disperat rapeste o femeie din lumea buna...
Twice Around the Park
An actor hopes to land TV commercial by playing opera at full blast and couple whose marriage is on the rocks with their self help audio tape.
Vânzătorii ambulanți
Un vânzător de banane ucrainean, homeless, întâlnește un compatriot pe tărâmul tuturor posibilităților. Compatriotul este nou venit și dornic să înceapă o viață nouă.
Walter
The scene is a funeral parlor, where Laura Katz has come to view the body of her late husband, Walter. As it happens, Walter was a chronic philanderer and Laura, as her cruelly funny comments make clear, deserted him. It also develops that the funeral director, Norbe, is not above "playing around" a bit himself-which offers Laura a chance to repay Walter in his own coin.
Windows
The play introduces us to a not-so-young couple who, starting over again in a new neighborhood, rent an old house with too many windows-windows which peer disturbingly on the frantic and disjointed lives of those around them.

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Murray Schisgal s-a nascut la data de 25 noiembrie 1926 in New York, SUA.


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