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The Two of Us

The Two of Us
Your Price: $17.95 CDN
Author: Michael Frayn
Publisher: Samuel French, Inc.
Format: Softcover
Pub. Date: 1970
ISBN-10: 0573625514
ISBN-13: 9780573625510
Cast Size: 1 woman, 1 man

About the Play:

The Two of Us is a play by Michael Frayn, the Tony Award-winning author of Copenhagen. It consists of four one-act pieces for just two performers and is the master comic writer's first published play.

Black and Silver: In this short, affecting and laughable scene parents are awakened in the middle of the night by the baby. They stumble about trying to pacify the infant. At one point the husband panics because he cannot hear the baby breathing in the cradle, which is only reasonable because the wife has put it on their bed. (Cast: 1 woman, 1 man.)

Mr. Foot: A tour de force for an actor and actress — and a foot. It seems the man's foot jiggles uncontrollably at various moments and the woman enjoys discussing this with a little man who isn't there. (1 woman, 1 man.)

New Quixote: A woman on the verge of middle age spent the night in her flat with a 20 year old she met at a party. Now it's Sunday morning and time for her to get on with the business of a new day, but the boy returns with all his records and books. He announces that he has found happiness and intends to stay. He is so sincere that she is swept along in the tide of his new found love. (1 woman, 1 man.)

Chinamen: Two actors play five characters. She has asked a woman, her new hippy boyfriend and some other guests for dinner. He invited the woman's deserted husband. The object is to keep the estranged husband and wife apart. They dine in two different rooms and manoeuvre the guests so that these two are never in the same room. (1 woman, 1 man.)

The Two of Us premiered in 1970 at the Garrick Theatre in London. This a quartet of duologues is a good workout for 2 actors who take on 11 roles in 4 plays.

About the Playwright:

Michael Frayn has written plays, novels, and screenplays, in addition to being a journalist, documentary filmmaker, and translator of Chekhov. His thirteen plays include Copenhagen, which was awarded the Tony Award for Best Play, as well as the Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk awards and, in the United Kingdom, the Olivier and Evening Standard awards. His novel Headlong was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. Born in London in 1933 and educated at Cambridge, Frayn is married to the biographer and critic Claire Tomalin; they live in London.

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