Lerner, Erwin H. (American playwright, 1935-____), “Happy New Year, Love,”
a 30-minute comedy of absurdity in English, set in a hotel room, New Year’s Eve,
© 1968, 1993, script/rights available from Erwin H. Lerner, 34 Morton Street 2C, New York City, New York 10014-4047, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, telephone (home) 212-924-7282, ELAC http://websites.earthlink.net/~omniverse/elactheatre/workshop/collect.htm, DRAMEX http://www.dramex.org/authors_i-l.html#dilemma. Cited by playwright via ftp, June 19, 1997; Lerner says,
§ Dramatis Personae Elliot Elliot (m), _______; Delicious (f), _______; Bellman (m), _______; A Man (m), _______.
§ Synopsis“Although the play needs no external support, it opens with thematic monologues by a nameless man . . . who manages to draw us out of our shell . . . and then to tuck us deftly back into it when the playwright is through with us. The scene is played on the verge of a New Year’s Eve party. . . . as Elliot Elliot and . . . Delicious try to make George & Martha . . . look like Dagwood and Blondie—and they don’t do a bad job of it, as they explore the murky recesses of each other's souls. . . . The bits of action recur so frequently that they lose their heavy-handedness and we become part of the not-so-merry-go-round. A whimsical watch shatters any sense of linear time. . . . We laugh and choke on our laughter alternately, but under the well-sustained sting of the dialogue, we become aware of the love beneath the viciousness. . . . Lerner’s potent play . . . is well worth seeing.”—Arnold Kantrowitz, Show Business, April 13, 1968.
§ Comment “‘Happy New Year, Love’ . . . is a powerful one-act brew of laughter and ugliness. It is part of Holidays: Xmas Dilemma & Happy New Year, Love.”—Lerner.
dependency, love, marriage, New Year’s
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