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By Andrew Biss

a set of 5 thematically comparable, darkly funny one-act performs from award-winning playwright Andrew Biss during which traditional humans locate themselves within the such a lot impressive circumstances.

An sincere Mistake: Madge has lengthy when you consider that surrendered herself to the verbal abuse doled out to her via her belligerent husband, Stan. in this specific night, in spite of the fact that, her fears of a rat underneath the floorboards, mixed together with her absent-mindedness, bring about her dishing up Stan not just his night meal - but additionally his simply deserts!

A customary Face: aged girls, outdated acquaintances, join up in a London café presently after one them - Dora - has been widowed. As Dora's grief and anger intensifies, her buddy Eydie starts to suspect there is extra to her angst than the lack of a family member. while Dora evenly eliminates from her procuring bag a wide glass jar containing a human head, discussions over its mysterious id, and the way it got here to be lodged within the cabinet less than her stairs, result in a few startling revelations.

A Slip of the Tongue: omit Perkins, bored with the consistent innuendos and sexual insinuations of her business enterprise, Mr. Reams, has determined at hand in her detect. in this specific morning, despite the fact that, Mr. Reams comes to a decision to take issues one step extra. regrettably, because of omit Perkins' frightened disposition and a cell that earrings at a disturbingly excessive pitch, he quickly discovers he is bitten off greater than he can chew...or not less than, one in every of them has.

An Embarrassing Odour: Ethel, a widowed pensioner, sits down one night to take on her day-by-day crossword puzzle. abruptly her tranquil global is became the wrong way up whilst a burglar enters her domestic, believing it to be unoccupied. As Ethel vainly makes an attempt to forge a courting with the violent antisocial sooner than her, his matters lie in simple terms with getting his palms on her valuables...that and the disagreeable odor that fills the room. what's that smell?

A beautiful Confession: in the course of a night in entrance of the tv a staid married couple unexpectedly locate themselves having to confront a brand new reality.

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