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Micci, Ronald, Ronald (American playwright, advertising proofreader-editor, 1948-____ ), “Biff Bang, American Hero™,”

a 10-minute comedy spoof of radio cliffhangers in English, set in the cockpit of Biff’s fighter bomber, 1998,

2m1f,

© 1998 by Ronald Micci, script/rights available from Ronald Micci, 75 Vreeland Avenue, Rutherford, New Jersey 07070, U.S.A., e-mail RMicci@mail.batesww.com. Cited by Ronald V. Micci via e-mail, February 19, 1998, and via ftp, May 26, 1998; Micci says,

  § Dramatis Personae Biff (m), Ace fighter pilot and American hero; Penny (f), Biff’s wholesome high school sweetheart; Voice (m), a radio announcer/narrator.

  § Synopsis “Chapter One: ‘Biff’s Bravest Bang.’ Ace fighter pilot Biff and Penny cling to each other for dear life in the cockpit of Biff’s fighter-bomber as Biff battles Nazi crop-dusters over Iowa cornfields and the plane spirals dangerously out of control, threatening to crash. ‘The joystick, Biff. It may be our only hope.’ ‘You mean, it was our only hope.’ Plus exposition, explaining how Biff took Penny out of algebra class to fight latter day Nazis over Iowa cornfields, rising to her country’s call. ‘But Biff, that’s my father down there.’ ‘Is it, Penny? I don’t think so.’ And so forth, until Biff spots a landing field, they both hold on for dear life, then land safely.

  § Comment “Send-up of Hollywood matinee serials. Chapters are ten minutes each. Chapter 1: Biff’s Bravest Bang. Chapter 2: Biff, Japs & Jungle Fever. Chapter 3: Biff, Breck and Beastly Bangs. This piece was presented as part of First Stage/Hollywood’s Playwrights Express this year [1998], videotaped, and veryenthusiastically received.”

Addendum 020312: “Biff Bang, American Hero (2m,1f) (10 min. each)
Ace fighter pilot hero Biff Bang, mustered out of WWII combat duty
prematurely and looking to make up for it, patrols the skies with
mock British flair, taking on a series of imagined foes with his
high school sweetheart Penny at his side. First up -- "Nazi" crop
dusters over Iowa cornfields. A good-natured spoof of radio action
melodramas. (Chapter One: Biff's Bravest Bang/Chapter Two: Biff,
Japs & Jungle Fever/Chapter Three: Biff, Breck & Beastly Bangs).”
  § Themes ace, battle, cornfield, crash, crop duster, fighter pilot, Hollywood, fighter-bomber, heroism, hope, Iowa, landing, longtime relationship, matinee serial, Nazi, satire.
  See also Ron Micci’s:
    • Addie and Me,” a melodrama, set in the bedroom of Melanie, a teenage girl, night, 2000, 1f
    • Attack of the Radar People,” a 15-minute radio farce, set in an old-time radio broadcast studio, 1950s, 2m1f (or 3m1f)
    • Dark Snow,” a 10-minute melodramatic monologue in English set in the parlor of Aunt Lida’s home in the New York woods, 1997, 1f [see items below for 2f versions]
    • Dark Snow,” a 5-minute melodrama in English set in the parlor of Aunt Lida’s home in the New York woods, 1997, 2f [see above for 1f version]
    • Dark Snow, Evening,” a 10-minute melodrama in English set in the parlor of Aunt Lida’s home in the New York woods, 1997, 2f [see above for 1f version]
    • Dark Snow, Morning,” a 10-minute melodrama in English set in the parlor of Aunt Lida’s home in the New York woods, 1997, 2f [see above for 1f version]
    • Dark Snow,” definitive version, a 20-minute melodrama in English set in the parlor of Aunt Lida’s home in the New York woods, 1997, 2f [see above for 1f version]
    • Dink Fast, Harry!” a 10-minute detective comedy-melodrama in English, set in Harry Dinker’s dumpy office, daytime, 1998, 2m1f
    • Director's Cut,” a 7-minute film noir, set on a Hollywood set, 1940s, 2m
    • Flying Medusas,” a 10-minute contemporary farce in English, set in the theater of the absurd, at no specified time, 1m1f
    • The Grackle,” a 10-minute radio melodrama-farce in English, set in a radio broadcast studio, 1930s, 2m1f (but could be played with any combo of m/f)
    • Happy Endings,” a 15-minute comedy-fantasy in English, set in the living-room of Cornweevil homestead in Midwest, 1996, 2m1f
    • Harry Dinker, Private Eye,”a 10-minute detective parody in English, set in Harry Dinker’s office in the “downtown section of a grimy city nobody has any use for,” afternoon, 1998,1m1f or 2m
    • Heat Lightning,” a 15-minute comedy-melodrama in English, set in the  downstairs parlor of a broken-down Southern mansion, on a stormy night, May, 2001, 1m1f
    • Herman,” a 10 minute comedy in English, 1m3f
    • High Concept Harry,” a 20-minute dark comedy in English, set in Harry Fleck’s literary/talent office in Hollywood, afternoon, 2000, 2m
    • I, Dadius,” a 15-minute comedy-drama in English, set in the living room of a cozy suburban home, winter, 2000, 1m
    • I Sing to You of Robin Hood,” a 15-minute comedy in English, set in a tavern in Nottingham, 12th century, 3m1f
    • Kid Valium,” a 15-minute comedy in English, set in a big city gymnasium, the day of the big title fight, 2000, 3m1f

    • Love’s Cousin in the Carolinas,” a 13-minute romantic comedy in English, set at a park bench in the suburbanNortheast, U.S.A., a Saturday afternoon in late summer, 1998, 1m1f
    • Moonlight’s Little Madness,” a 40-minute drawing room farce in English set in the parlor of the Prescott country estate, England, a spring evening during the Victorian Era, 2m
    • Mr. Gilkey’s Flagpole,” a 15-minute comedy in English, set on the lawn of Mr. Gilkey's home in England, afternoon, 1998, 1m2f
    • November,” a 15-minute tragedy in English in two scenes, set (1) in the downstairs of a house on a lake in the Northeastern United States and (2) on the lake, a November afternoon, 2000, 1m1f
    • Parasites of Ol’ Broadway,” a 15-minute comedy/melodrama in English, set in an alleyway on Lower Broadway, October, 1997, 2m1f
    • A Public Service Announcement,” a bare-stage 5-minute contemporary surrealist farce in English, set in an abstract area, daytime, 2001, 1m1f
    • Rough Cut,”a 10-minute comedy/melodrama in English, set in a men's haircutting salon (barber shop) in Beverly Hills, October, 1997, 3m
    • Tea Cozy,”a 12-minute melodrama, in English, set in The living room of a suburban home, midday, 1998, 2f
    • Thank You, Charlie Chan,” a 10-minute crime melodrama. set in a hotel room in midtown Manhattan, night, 1930s, 3m
    • Thebes Like Us,” a 10-minute spy parody in English set in a cafe on the Nile, 1996, 2m1f
    • Thin Laughter in Heaven,” a 10-minute bare-stage melodrama in English, set on a cliff overlooking a lake, May, 2001, 1m
    • Tragic & Trapped in Teaneck,” a 13-minute comic melodrama in English, set in the parlor of a home in Teaneck,New Jersey, U.S.A., afternoon, turn of the last century, 2m1f
    • Wild About Harry!” a 15-minute detective farce in English, set in a sleazy gin joint; later, Harry’s apartment, night, 2001, 2m1f

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