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“Cafe Gruere”

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Meadows, Denis (American playwright, director, writer, 1944-____), “Cafe Gruere,”

a 30-minute comedy in English, set in a cafe, Lower East Side, New York City, on a perfect May evening, 1999,


  •  © 1999 by Denis Meadows;  •  script/rights available from Denis Meadows, 297 Sixth Avenue, Brooklyn, New York 11215-2526, U.S.A., e-mail dismeado@aol.com, telephone (work) 718-768-0494, fax 718-768-0494.  •  Cited by Denis Meadows via ftp October 22, 1999; Meadows says,

  § Dramatis Personae Mitch (m), 25, actor-waiter; Flo (f), 25, a very attractive customer; Clarissa (f), 28, Flo’s friend.

  § Synopsis “Flo arrives at Cafe Gruere to meet her friend Clarissa; the waiter, an aspiring actor named Mitch, instantly falls for Flo and proceeds to try to win her favor by strutting his stuff (hilarious, at least to him, stand-up shticks). Flo is annoyed but Clarissa is bemused. Flo tells Clarissa to dump her husband. Clarissa resists. Flo insists, forcing Clarissa to write a good-bye note, which Clarissa suddenly tears up. At this point, the actor playing the Waiter ‘breaks’ the fourth wall and appeals to the audience directly, accusing Clarissa of ruining what the playwright wrote. Flo accuses the Waiter of coming on to her all during rehearsals when the reality is he’s married to Clarissa! The actors patch the broken play back together and Mitch and Clarissa happily reconcile.

  § Comment “‘Cafe Gruere’ is a play about actors and the theatre and how ‘real life’ is not that far removed from the playacting we see on stage. So the ‘break’ that occurs is not too jolting/ It may be helpful while the audience is being seated for the actors to be seen ‘backstage.’ ‘Cafe Gruere’ in an earlier version was given a staged reading by Ensemble Studio Theatre, workshopped by 78th Street Theatre Lab, and produced by Gallery Players of Park Slope, all in New York City.”

  § Themes actors, cafe, French, girlfriend, love, president, theatre.

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