Other Plays by Charles Dizenzo
Dizenzo, Charles (American playwright, actor, 19__-____), “Sociability,”
a __-minute comedy of manners in English, set in a living room, U.S.A., 1970,
© 1970 by Charles Dizenzo;
• in Charles Dizenzo’s The Last Straw and Sociability (New York: Dramatists Play Service, 1970), DPS 2775;
• script/rights available from Dramatists Play Service, 440 Park Avenue South, New York, New York 10016, U.S.A., e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, http://www.dramatists.com, telephone 212-683-8960, fax 212-213-1539.
• Cited in 1/2/3/4 for the Show: A Guide to Small-Cast One-Act Plays, vol 1, (Lanham, Maryland, U.S.A.: The Scarecrow Press, 1995), ISBN 0810829851, 273 pp.
Frank (m), __, host; Jack (m), __, caller; Fanny (f), __, hostess; Milly (f), __, caller
“Fanny and Frank receive their callers, Milly and Jack, and the banter begins always with a smile, always with the bumptious tone of good friends getting together. The friendly mood doesn’t change, but the conversation does, touching on who has two cars, the biggest raise in salary, the most expensive clothes, until a chilling dislike becomes palpable behind the frozen smiles. Ultimately the visitors rip the clothes off the backs of their hosts and wreck their living room. They are sent packing, but soon are back again, to be greeted with the usual mock-heartiness and so the game goes on.”—Charles Dizenzo - playwright, http://www.doollee.com, accessed February 29, 2008.
• Published with and can pair with “The Last Straw.”
• Premiered in New York City, 1970.
game, mockery, social competition, social mask.