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“Number 10”

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Dolcino, Doug (American playwright, 1966-____), “Number 10,”  a 10-minute chamber play in English, set in a living room, 1999,


   •  © 1999 by Doug Dolcino;  • script/rights available from Doug Dolcino, 33 North State Street, Room 1, Concord, Hampshire, 03301, U.S.A., telephone (home) 603-271-3323, e-maildgdolcino@aol.com.  •  Cited by Doug Dolcino, via ftp February 20, 2000; Dolcino says,

  §  Dramatis Personae Josef (m), no specified age, a man in love; Gregor (m), no specified age, his brother.

  §  Synopsis “Concerned for their mother who has fallen madly in love, Josef has concocted a smelly ointment known as Number 10 to alleviate her lovesickness. Josef, who has never known love before, dismisses her infatuation and attributes her ‘illness’ to a simple skin rash. He boasts of the miraculous therapeutic powers of Number 10 and asks Gregor to help him devise instructions on how to use it. Yet when Gregor confesses to falling in love with a sweetheart of his own and breaking out in a similar rash, Josef is so confident that Number 10 will cure him and lead Gregor to abandon his love that he orders his brother to apply the ointment... with hilarious results.

  §  Comment “No set required. Props: a jar of cold cream, a pencil.  This is a charming play on the power of love to transform the human heart and endure against adversity,  told with humor and warmth.”

  §  Themes brother-brother relationship, family, generation gap, illness, love, lovesickness, mother, potion.

See also Doug Dolcino’s
  • Best Years,” a 35-minute chamber play in English, set in the showroom floor of a furniture store, seven minutes before opening, the present, 2m
  • Dowsing,” an 8-minute chamber play in English, set in a desert, midday, 1999, 2m
  • "Drowning," a 10-minute chamber play in English, set on a beach, 2000, 2m1f
  • "Serenade,” a 12-minute comedy-drama in English, set below a balcony, night, 1998, 2m1f

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