Naomi in the Living Room and other Short Plays

Naomi in the Living Room and other Short Plays $13

Christopher Durang

Published by Dramatists Play Service

Naomi in the Living Room

Naomi, when visited by John and Johnna, her son and daughter in law, is alternately friendly and insulting. Johanna copes her best, but when John changes his clothes to look like Johanna, things start to unravel. Naomi barely notices any differences, but throws them both out of the house, then decides she's had a nice time


An Altar Boy talks to God

Robert, a young man, talks in a friendly way about his days as an altar boy. He then recalls when his nephew got AIDS early in the epidemic, and how fundamentalists claimed it was God's punishment

Robert decides to go to heaven and ask God about this. Once there, God seems mean and ornery indeed, and professes to give AIDS to homosexuals, hemophiliacs and Haitians in a bizarrely unfocused rage. Leaving heaven, Robert feels that whom he met wasn't God, but an imposter

Adapted from the "AIDS Speech" in LAUGHING WILD, and re-written to be performed by 2 actors, out of context of that play

Aunt Dan Meets the Madwoman of Chaillot

Aunt Dan, the title character of Wallace Shawn's AUNT DAN AND LEMON, has a discussion with Giradoux' Madwoman of Chaillot

Book of Leviticus Show

Lettie Lu is broadcasting her own public TV access show from a local motel. Based on Lettie Lu's belief in the Book of Leviticus, the show's interpretation of the story leads Lettie Lu to today's segment's activities of capturing and putting to death a homosexual and an adulteress. All in a day's devotion to God.

Canker Sores and Other Distractions

A man and a woman, previously married, try to reconcile over dinner, but a canker sore and a talkative waitress ruin everything.

Desire, Desire, Desire

Another Tennessee Williams parody - Blanche DuBois, her nerves shot, is stuck in a house with a slobby Stanley Kowalski, who keeps yelling "Stella!." Stella left for a lemon Coke 6 years ago and never returned. Blanche tries to seduce a young census taker, but is interrupted by Big Daddy and Maggie from CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF. A "tart" from ICEMAN COMETH shows up as well, irritating Blanche by saying "pipe dream" instead of "illusion." Stella comes back briefly, but departs again, leaving Blanche and Stanley stuck together for eternity

The Doctor Will See You Now

A raucous Woman Singer, dressed in sequins and boa, keeps bursting into noisy song in a doctor's office. Mr. Wilson is there to see the doctor about an allergy, but the doctor and his nurse insist he has a venereal disease and call up everyone he knows

Entertaining Mr Helms

An extremely conservative father runs a rigid household: the Pledge of Allegiance each morning, his wife does "woman's thing," his daughter get points for being glad a classmate died of a botched abortion and his son gets in trouble calling sports teams by words with double meanings (instead of Team A and B). They are all happy living in America.

The Hardy Boys and the Mystery of Where Babies Come From

Frank and Joe Hardy change sweaters a lot and look cute. The word "sleuthing" excites them and they're off to investigate what it means that Nancy Drew has "a bun in the oven."

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