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Lockney, Robert E. (American playwright, retired social worker, 1922-____), “French Fry,”

a 60-minute farce in English, set in Paris, 9:00 a.m., April, 1900,

2m2f (+ 1 m or f extra)

; © 1987 by Robert E. Lockney; • in Robert E. Lockney’s French Fry (Manhattan Beach, California, U.S.A.: The Author, 1987); • script/rights available from Robert E. Lockney, 577 29th Street, Manhattan Beach, California 90266, U.S.A., e-mail rlock@gte.net, telephone (home) 310-545-7775; • or, available from Dramatic Exchange, http://www.dramex.com. • Cited by Robert E. Lockney, via ftp March 16, 2004; Lockney says,

§ Dramatis Personae Pigolet (m), a French clerk who trusts his fellow man; Pigolet's supervisor who does not; Mineral (f), the ambitious female director; Madame Lyuba Ranevskaya (f), 45, a beautiful, glamorous refugee from The Cherry Orchard; Jean (m or f), a messenger.

§ Synopsis “A Welfare Office in Paris, France, at the turn of the century ( the last one—not this one.) Please don't tell me it never existed. Madame Ranevskaya has fled Russia and been left alone by her lover (who died) is in desperate need and has come to apply for assistance. She draws Pigolet who tries to do right by her, but she is just a little difficult and as a result, Pigolet questions his own devotion ‘the System.’ He almost gets fired, as Mademoiselle Mineral wants to use him as an example of her toughness as a director.

§ Comment “The play has one set, one scene, no costume changes and it asks the actors to produce fake French accents. Madame Lyuba Ranevskaya has a fake Russian accent. However, the action occurs in two scenes that are on the stage at the same time, one opposite the other. On one side is the working desk of Pigolet, who is doing the interview. On the opposite side is the desk of Supervisor Bourdon, who is drinking coffee or tea and reading Le Figaro. This play was produced as ‘The Application’ at the Uprising Theatre, Long Beach, California, U.S.A. I copyrighted it as ‘90 Thousand Roubles,’ October 20, 1987. I changed the name to ‘French Fry,’ as I thought it was a funnier title.”

§ Themes application, administration, fin de siècle, French, France Paris, spring, suicide, supervising, welfare, woman boss, meaning of life.

See also Robert E. Lockney's

  • "The Capture and Arrest of Winnie Borden Vole," a 45-minute crazed farce in American English, set somewhere in Los Angeles, California, U.S.A., on a weekday afternoon, October 11, 1991, 2m2f
  • "On the House," a 45-minute comedy in American English, set in a seedy roadhouse bar, just outside of Modesto, on Highway 99, California, U.S.A., 10:00 a.m., 1939, 3m1f
  • "Southern Discomfort," a 45-minute comedy in American English, set in a hotel room, Hollywood, California, U.S.A., 10:00 a.m., 1989, 1m1f

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