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Barrie, Shirley (Canadian playwright, arts administrator, 1945-____), “Madhouse,”

a 10-minute black comedy in English set in the basement corridor of a hospital, late evening, 2000,

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  •  © 2000 by Shirley Barrie;  •  script/rights available from Brooklyn Publishers, Odessa, Texas, U.S.A., ISBN 1-931000-52-2, or Shirley Barrie, 462 Clendenan Avenue, Toronto Ontario M6P 2X6, Canada, e-mail sbarrie.kchubb@sympatico.ca, telephone (home) 416-762-7050, fax 416-762-8769.  •  Cited by Shirley Barrie via ftp, February 28, 2001; Barrie says,

  §  Dramatis Personae Stephanie (f), 16, funeral home operator.

  §  Synopsis “After her father’s death, Stephanie deeply resents having to help with the family business of running a funeral home. From scaring away potential boyfriends, to having her hair cut with the same clippers that are used on the dead, to picking up a body at the madhouse in the middle of the night, it seems her ‘life of weirdom’ will never end. But a conversation with the dead madman helps her begin to come to terms with her life.

  §  Comment “A blackly comic look at a not-so-normal teenage.”
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  §  Themes charity, fear of difference, grief, loss, maturation, memory, resentment.
 

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