Engstrom, Elmer N. (American playwright, retired, 1922-____), “Muffy,”
a 30-minute comedy in English, set in a restaurant dining room, dinner time, 1995,
• © 1995 by Elmer N. Engstrom, script/rights available from Elmer N. Engstrom, 33 Thompson Avenue, Hingham, Massachusetts 02043 , U.S.A., telephone (home) 781-749-4062, e-mail email@example.com. Cited by Elmer N. Engstrom, via ftp, September 2, 1998; Engstrom says,
§ Dramatis Personae Elizabeth (f), 40s, a buyer; Harold (m), 40s a salesman; Muffy (f), 19, a waitress.
§ Synopsis “Elizabeth and Harold, a long-married couple, are at dinner in a restaurant. They are arguing, as they often do. He claims that she is accusing him of some unidentified misdemeanor that he has not done, and she will not tell him what it is. She insists that he knows what she is talking about and does not need to be told. Muffy, their earnest young waitress, gets increasingly concerned about their relationship and increasingly involved in trying to alleviate the tension between them. At one point, she even provides impromptu counseling. Elizabeth and Harold are intermittently distracted, puzzled, and amused by Muffy’s ministrations, but the argument continues, growing increasingly intense and personal, until Muffy deflates it with the dessert.
§ Comment “One scene. Production requirements: one table, two chairs, two restaurant menus, two table settings, cups, glasses, plates for table service. Staged readings at Playwrights Platform in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A., and at Boston Public Library reading series. First prize in annual new one-act play competition of Mark Twain Masquers, a community theater in West Hartford, Connecticut, U.S.A. Finalist in Baltimore Playwrights Festival, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.A.”
§ Themes accusation, altruism, amateur, communication, counseling, dining, longtime relationship, marriage, pride, restaurant.
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