Paiste, Terryl (American playwright, 1943- ), "Great Sentimental
Value, Big Reward,"
a 25-minute comedy in English, set at corner table at Luigi's
Bar and Grill, a summer evening, 1995,
© 1995, script/rights available from Terryl Paiste, 4249
Berritt Street, Fairfax, Virginia 22030-3546, U.S.A., telephone
(home) 703-273-1047, (work) 703-273-1047, fax 703-273-2046. Cited
by playwright via ftp June 27, 1997; Paiste says,
Dramatis Personae Amelia (f), a retired teacher;
Rocco (m), a retired stevedore and frequent bar customer
Synopsis "When Amelia tries to return a
lost umbrella, the retired teacher finds herself at the center
of a practical joke. Someone has been dropping shabby umbrellas
all over New York, City, each tagged, "If found, please return
to Rocco Martino, in care of Luigi's Bar and Grill. Great sentimental
value, big reward." If Amelia is embarrassed to be a part
of this tasteless prank, she is even more perplexed at Rocco's
attitude. The retired stevedore is shelling out reward money (Sister
Mary Joseph hit him up for fifty bucks) as if he did not mind
providing laughter at his own expense. And he does not. Amelia
and Rocco share the last laugh."
Comment " In the course of discovering who
is behind the joke, Amelia learns important lessons about the
power of laughter and the unexpected nature of romance."
Themes cafe, prank, practical joke, reward, seniors,
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