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"Great Sentimental Value, Big Reward"

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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, teacher, umbrella.

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