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“A Man with a View”

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Kohm, Angus (Canadian playwright, 1970-____), “A Man with a View,”

a 10-minute black comedy in English, set in  an office on the fifteenth floor, after lunch on a business day, 1995,


  •  © 1995 by Angus Kohm;  •  script/rights available from Angus Kohm, 144 Carpathia Road, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3N 1S7, Canada, e-mail kohma@pangea.ca, telephone (home) 204-489-2561.  •  Cited by Angus Kohm, via ftp April 16, 1999; Kohm says,

  §  Dramatis Personae Tommy (m), Jason’s friend; Jason (m), Tommy’s friend. ‘•§—

  §  Synopsis “Tommy brings Jason into his office to lend him a book that will help him become a better salesman.  Jason is really impressed by the view from Tommy’s window.  Tommy cannot seem to find the book, so he shows Jason a videotape that he intends to market.  It contains shocking footage of real-life events, like ‘slave girls in a bizarre mating ritual with ants.’ Jason is shocked, but Tommy explains that it’s a real moneymaker, because people like to watch shocking and perverted things. Jason might be okay with selling stuff like the videotape—if it can get him a view like Tommy’s. Tommy shows Jason how great it can be.  With binoculars they spy on people, including a secretary in the building across the way.  They accidentally spot a crime in progress.  Jason wants to do something about it, but Tommy refuses.  He tells Jason about other horrible things he has witnessed and suggests that they could  make their own videotape from his window. Jason isn’t amused. Tommy suddenly remembers that he gave the book he promised to Jason to someone else.  Jason leaves, clearly disillusioned with Tommy. Tommy, oblivious, continues to look out of the window.

  §  Comment “What will the decision be? The comedy that proves one is never too young for a mid-life crisis.”

See also Angus Kohm’s
  §  Themes binoculars, book, crime in progress, disillusionment, envy, event, footage, morality, office, perversion, profit, responsibility, sales, spying, videotape, window view.

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