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"The Loveliest Afternoon of the Year"

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Guare, John (American playwright, 19__-____ ), "The Loveliest Afternoon of the Year,"

a comedy in English,


in John Guare's Something I'll Tell You Tuesday and The Loveliest Afternoon of the Year, ISBN 0-8222-0703-6, DPS 2975, acting edition, script/rights available from Dramatists Play Service, Inc., 440 Park Avenue South, New York City, New York 10016, U.S.A., telephone 212-683-8960, fax 212-213-1539, Cited to present author by Allen L. Hubby via e-mail, March 20, 1997; the citation says,

Dramatis Personae He (m), and She (f)

Synopsis "He and She first meet when She is feeding pigeons in the park, and He asks her for the plastic favor at the bottom of the Crackerjack box. He tells her that his wife takes all his money, bends the coins in her teeth, and shoots at his feet with a rifle with a blue silencer. She doesn't know what to make of him, but they begin to meet regularly, and gradually more of his story comes out. He tells her he is a seeing-eye person for blind dogs; that years ago his sister Lucy's arm was ripped off by a polar bear in the park zoo and that as a result She became covered all over with white hair; and then that he doesn't have a wife at all. He embarrasses her by singing at the top of his lungs and She begins to wonder if he is not utterly mad. She is lonely and wants to be married, but is that the answer? The sight of a fat woman pushing two gross children in a perambulator increases her doubts, but then She notices that a blind dog walks beside her, and everything begins to make strange, awful and rather dismaying sense. The fat woman pulls out a rifle with a blue silencer and fires. He and She fall, mortally wounded. Was it all true? Does He really have a sister named Lucy? With his dying breath He proclaims that he does, and they expire contentedly, reaching out for each other as they tumble to the ground.

Comment "Brilliant, funny, often bizarre and continually entertaining, this short play was first presented at off-off-Broadway's Caffe Cino. Absurdist in style, it achieves a lively theatricality with the simplest of means. . . . '[F]ine comedy in the tradition of theatre of the absurd.'-Show Business."

Themes death, infidelity, insanity, loneliness, murder, park, pigeons, reality, singing.

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