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Buggé, Carole Elizabeth (American playwright, novelist, composer, lyricist, teacher, poet, December 7, 1953-____), “Shrinkage,”

a 15-minute dark comedy in English, set in a therapist's office, afternoon, spring, 2005,


; © 2003 by Carole E. Buggé; • in Carole E. Buggé’s Shrinkage (New York: The Author, 2003); • script/rights available from Carole Buggé, 172 East 4th Street #31, New York, New York 10009, U.S.A., e-mail CBugge@aol.com, telephone (home) 212-353-9607, (work) 917-414-5661, fax 212-353-9607. • Cited by Carole Bugge, via ftp June 30, 2005; Bugge says,

§ Dramatis Personae Billy (m), a young man, Dr. Lasker's patient; Dr. Lasker (middle-aged), Billy’s therapist.

§ Synopsis “Billy, a troubled young man, attends a therapy session with his psychiatrist. During the session, some disturbing things emerge, including that his shrink is also his mother, and that she doesn't have a very high opinion of men, including Billy's father. When Billy reveals that he is gay, her reaction is revulsion: the doctor is actually much sicker than the patient—and probably caused his mental health issues.

§ Comment “There is virtually no set needed—only two chairs and perhaps a table. Production is very simple. The play is a look at the sometimes destructive nature of mother-child relationships. The subject matter is comic but dark, so probably most appropriate to college age or older.

§ Themes family, gay themes, mental health, psychiatry, therapy.

See also Carole E. Buggé's

  • "Counterpoint," a 35-minute comedy in English, set in a coffee bar in New York City, evening, 1999 or later, 2m2f
  • "God's Press Conference," a 10-minute comedy in English, set in Heaven, Friday before Passover, 4m or 4f

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