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“The Rule”

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Engstrom, Elmer N. (American playwright, retired, 1922-____), “The Rule,”

a 10-minute comedy-satire in English, set in a pizza shop, dinner time, 1995,


© 1995, script/rights available from Elmer N. Engstrom, 33 Thompson Avenue, Hingham, Massachusetts 02043, U.S.A., elmereng@aol.com. Cited by Elmer N. Engstrom via e-mail January 15, 1999; Engstrom says,

  §  Dramatis Personae Otis (m), a pizza customer; Pete (m), 70s, a pizza purveyor.

  §  Synopsis “Otis arrives at Pete’s Pizza to collect a telephone order. Pete explains that the order is not ready because Otis didn’t answer the phone when Pete called to confirm the order. But Otis was on his way to get the pizza; how could he answer the phone? Why did Pete call him? Because there’s a rule that the order must be confirmed. Who made the rule? The new owner, a conglomerate. And so on. Finally, they agree that Otis will
go home and call in the order, and Pete will phone him, and Otis will confirm the order, and then he will come back and get it. There may not be time before Pete has to close the shop, but Otis says he’ll hurry.

  §  Comment “One scene. Production requirements: a counter and a sign, Pete’s Pizza.”

  §  Themes argument, bureaucracy, conglomerate, fast food, rules, telephone order.

See also Elmer N. Engstrom’s
Eighty Something,” a 20-minute comedy drama in English, set in living room of an elderly housing facility, late afternoon, 1997,1m1f
Locations,” a 10-minute comedy-satire in English, set nowhere in particular, anytime, 2m, 2f, or 1m1f
Muffy,”a 30-minute comedy in English, set in a restaurant dining room, dinner time, 1995,1m2f

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