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Micci, Ronald, Ronald (American playwright, advertising proofreader-editor, 1948-____), “Dink Fast, Harry!”

a 10-minute detective comedy-melodrama in English, set in Harry Dinker’s dumpy office, daytime, 1998,

2m1f

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  •  © 1998 by Ronald Micci, scripts and rights available from Ronald Micci, 75 Vreeland Avenue, Rutherford, New Jersey 07070, U.S.A., phone (home) 201-438-3267, (work) 212-297-7290, e-mail RVMicci@comcast.net. Cited by Ronald Micci via ftp, May 12, 2001; Micci says,

  §  Dramatis Personae Harry Dinker (m), a real tough gumshoe, ’cause he likes it that way, see?; Dora (f), a honey of a hunk of a dish and just wild about Harry; Messenger Boy (m), 19, for Western Union, or Western Onion, who carries a little bell.

  §  Synopsis “Harry Dinker, entwined in the arms of his sweetie Dora, is interrupted by the arrival of a bell-ringing messenger boy from Western Union. He signs for the message, which is a note from his ex-wife informing him he has fallen behind in alimony payments. Only there is no ex-wife. So what's this all about? It’s a plot to shake down Harry, only he isn’t biting. He and Dora together extract a confession from the Messenger Boy, and once again things are hunky dory in Dinkerville.

  §  Comment “Unit set. Desk. No props to speak of. Like all the Dinker installments, this script contains a couple of phrases in Harry’s opening monologue inappropriate for younger audiences: he says, ‘I’m Harry, wanna see?’ And when he mentions he’s a private dick, he says, ‘’Cause I like it that way, see? Privacy, a dick.’  •  This is the second installment in the Harry Dinker series. This one was read at First Stage a couple of years ago, and thanks to the wonderful direction and acting of Robert DiTillio, and a friend of his who was absolutely super as the Messenger Boy, it went beautifully.”

Addendum 020312: “Dink Fast, Harry! (2m,1f) (10 min.)
A greedy messenger boy tries to put the bite on Dinker under the
pretense of collecting alimony payments for his wife.”
  § Themes alimony, blackmail, crime, detective business, ex-wife, hot woman, kissing, lust, messenger boy, onion, private eye, telegrams, Western Union.
  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)
  • 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
  • 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]
  • 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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