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“The Rental”

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Levine, Mark Harvey (American playwright, actor, 1963-____), “The Rental,”

a 15-minute comedy in English, set in an apartment living room, early morning, 1998,


; • © 2000 by Mark Harvey Levine; • in Mark Harvey Levine’s The Rental (Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.: The Author, 2000) ; • script/rights available from Mark Harvey Levine, 3717 Cardiff Avenue #316, Los Angeles, CA 90034, U.S.A., e-mail markle9@hotmail.com, telephone (home) 310-287-2480. • Cited by Mark Harvey Levine, via ftp February 28, 2000; Levine says,

§ Dramatis Personae Harold (m), 35, a professional boyfriend, very romantic; Sonya (f), 35, sweet, funny.

§ Synopsis “For her birthday, Sonya receives a very unusual present: Harold, from Rent-A-Boyfriend, Ltd. They’ve been ‘providing the finest in temporary romantic relationships since 1979.’ He’s a professional boyfriend, rented to her for one day.”

§ Another Synopsis “A birthday present to Sonya from her very best friend yields mixed emotions.”——VTE Presents: Six at Eight (2000), http://www.vte.org/shows/six_2000.htm, accessed November 24, 2003.

§ Comment The Rental requires only one set, and some hand props. • What will she do with this Mr. Right? ‘The Rental’ is a play about a professional boyfriend and his skeptical date, about romance and love, and how everything can change in only one day. The Rental has been produced several times apiece in Los Angeles and New York. At one point, it was being produced simultaneously by two different theaters in the same building! It was a finalist in the Actors Theatre of Louisville’s National Ten-Minute play contest, and winner of the second prize in the West Coast Ten Minute Play Contest.” • “It was written with the support and guidance of ReWrights, a playwriting group based in Los Angeles. “The Rental” is not autobiographical. Except I really do like cold noodles in sesame oil.”—7th Annual West Coast Ten-Minute Play Contest Winners and their Plays, http://www.calactors.com/6at8/00winners.html, accessed November 24, 2003. • Mature language and themes.

§ Themes birthday, friendship, present.

See also Mark Harvey Levine's

  • "Scripted," a 15-minute comedy in English, set in a bedroom, early morning, 1998, 1m1f

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