Charkut, Victoria (American playwright, writer, actor, 19__-____), “Mad Maenads (Wives),”
a 45-minute black comedy in English set in a chic, elegant restaurant, New York City, lunchtime, 1993,
© 1993, 1996 by Victoria Charkut; • available from Victoria Charkut, email@example.com. • Cited by playwright via e-mail, July 11, 1996; Charkut says,
§ Dramatis Personae Tonya (f), 38, good looking woman, well-dressed and sexy; Mirella (f), 36, could-be-good-looking woman, looks older, has let her appearance go somewhat with clothes definitely not sexy, that is, shapeless and black or jeans, boots, big sweater; Waiter, 25, good-looking with a probably-Italian accent.
§ Synopsis“Hot blues music opens and closes play. Two married women, Tonya and Mirella, discuss over lunch (and martinis and wine) infidelity, sex, marriage, men, and the difficulty of long-term marriage and what happens to 'romance.' The repressed and moral Mirella has three surreal sex-fantasy monologues. The waiter, young, sexy, probably Italian, has few lines but represents exactly what they are talking about.
§ Comment “The play contains some vulgar language. No scene changes. Easy set (tables and chair in a restaurant setting). ‘Mad Maenads (Wives)’ was one of two plays chosen from 260 plays for a New Women Writers Festival held at the Belmont-Italian American Theater, in the Bronx, New York City, 1993. A recent (1996) rewrite has a new ending. The only special requirements are hot blues music, sung preferably by a woman. The original production used the songs ‘Gotta Snatch and Grab It’ and ‘She’s Just Running Around.’ • Three monologues appear in The Best Women's Monologues of 1998, edited by Jocelyn Beard (North Stratford, New Hampshire, U.S.A.: Smith & Kraus, 1999), ISBN 1575251841.”
blues, fantasy, female bonding, infidelity, longtime relationship, lunch,
marriage, men, morality, repression, romance, sex fantasy, sex, surrealism,
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