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Mad Maenads (Wives)

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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, pinkcats@earthlink.net.  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.

  §  SynopsisHot 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 Shes 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.

  §  Themes  blues, fantasy, female bonding, infidelity, longtime relationship, lunch, marriage, men, morality, repression, romance, sex fantasy, sex, surrealism, waiting.

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