Third and Oak: The Pool Hall
Norman, Marsha (American playwright, 19__-____), “Third and Oak: The Pool Hall,”
a __-minute comedy-drama in English, set in a rundown pool hall (next door to the laundromat); shortly after 3:00 a.m., 1985,
© 1985 by Marsha Norman;
• in Marsha Norman’s Third and Oak—The Pool Hall: A Play in One Act (New York: Dramatists Play Service, 1995), 37 pp., ISBN 0822211335, LCCN 86121454;
• script/rights available from Dramatists Play Service, Inc., 440 Park Avenue South, New York City, New York 10016, U.S.A., telephone 212-683-8960, fax 212-213-1539, http://www.dramatists.com.
• Cited in Play Index, 1983-1987: An Index to 3,964 Plays, edited by Juliette Yaakov (____-____) and John Greenfieldt (New York: The H. W. Wilson Company, 1988), 522 pp., ISSN 0554-3037, LCCN 64-1054.
• Also, cited by Allen L. Hubby via e-mail email@example.com, March 20, 1997; the citation says,
Shooter (m), a successful young black disc jockey; Willie (m), aging pool hall owner, bosom friend of Shooter’s late father; Deedee (f), a brash and rough spoken white woman.
“. . . Shooter, a successful young black disc jockey, stops by to visit the owner, Willie, a bosom friend of his late father. But their meeting is not easy. Willie brings up memories of the close trio known as ‘The Three Blind Mice,’ which was comprised of Shooter senior, himself and another pool shark named George, whose daughter, Sondra, the younger Shooter has married. Recalling their glory days, Willie is resentful of Shooter’s success, his philandering, and the gulf which time and circumstance have opened between them. The appearance of a young white girl (Deedee from ‘Third and Oak: The Laundromat’) who brings over Shooter’s laundry and is obviously smitten by him, only serves to deepen Willie’s distrust. But gradually, as Shooter reveals both the tensions and uncertainties of his present life and his compassionate respect for the way in which Willie and the others had dealt with the problems of their own time, the bitterness and antagonism between the two men gives way to a touching and revealing reconciliation in which old quarrels are laid to rest and the gap between generations bridged by the mutual love and concern which both men need so desperately to share.”—DPS.
“Tense confrontation between successful young black disc jockey and aging pool hall owner who was his late father’s close friend.”—Yaakov and Greenfieldt, p. 267.
• “[O]riginally conceived as a companion piece for ‘Third and Oak: The Laundromat,’ and so presented by the Actors Theatre of Louisville, the present play centers on a tense confrontation between a successful young black disc jockey and the aging pool hall owner who was one of his late father’s closest friends. Note: This acting edition also contains an extra scene for ‘Third and Oak: The Laundromat’ which can be inserted into the latter when the two plays are presented in tandem. The scene incorporates the character of Shooter into the first play, and motivates the appearance of Deedee in the second.”—DPS.
• Can pair with “Third and Oak: The Laundromat,” a __-minute comedy-drama, 2f.
generation gap, male bonding, pool, memories, race.