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Three One-Acts: Crazy Eights, Baby Food, and That Other Person

Three One-Acts: Crazy Eights, Baby Food, and That Other Person
Your Price: $17.95 CDN
Author: David Lindsay-Abaire
Publisher: Dramatists Play Service
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 46
Pub. Date: 2006
ISBN-10: 0822221667
ISBN-13: 9780822221661

About the Play:

Three One-Acts is a collection of three one-act comedies by David Lindsay-Abaire. In Crazy Eights, Connie, an ex-con, comes home late one night to find her parole officer waiting in her apartment with a torte and a long list of questions. That Other Person follows Ginge and Kevin, who are just about to tell their respective spouses a marriage-shattering secret. Baby Food presents an off-kilter mother and father searching to find godparents for their newborn infant. With wonderful multi-role opportunities, these hysterical short plays by modern master playwright David Lindsay-Abaire may be performed separately or as a hilarious evening of entertainment.

In Crazy Eights, when Connie comes home late one night, she finds her parole officer in her apartment, waiting to reveal a burning secret. As the personal and professional roles begin to blur, the night is further complicated by the after-curfew arrival of Connie's charming card-playing date. (Premiered in 2003 at The American Airlines Theatre in New York City; Cast: 1 female, 2 male)

Baby Food is a laugh-out-loud contemporary comedy that will entertain the audience as an off-kilter couple desperately searches for the perfect for their newborn infant. Little do they know that the friends they've chosen are less than adventurous diners and on the verge of a divorce. (Premiered in 2004 at The American Airlines Theatre in New York City; Cast: 2 female, 2 male)

That Other Person: Tonight is the night Ginge and Kevin are going to tell their respective spouses the marriage-shattering secret they've been keeping from everyone. But their bomb shell gets put on the back burner when a gorgeous peeping-tom, with secrets of her own, falls in the pool and nearly drowns. (Premiered in 2005 at The American Airlines Theatre in New York City; Cast: 3 female, 2 male)

Crazy Eights, Baby Food, and That Other Person were all originally written by David Lindsay-Abaire as part of The 24 Hour Plays On Broadway. Described by The New York Post as "...the equivalent of a high-wire act without a net," the 24 Hour Plays is an annual benefit in which several one acts are written, cast, directed and performed on Broadway in less than a day. As Black Book says, "It's a raucous, foot-stomping evening which redefines fresh.

What people say:

"In an appetizing slice of life called Crazy Eights, David Lindsay-Abaire presents a budding, off-center romance that quietly exudes the aching and amused compassion found in his Fuddy Meers and Kimberly Akimbo. He makes ingenious and surprisingly organic use of the blurring of personal and professional roles, in what may or may not be the beginning of a beautiful relationship." — New York Times

"Astute and eye-opening! Lindsay-Abaire, who knows a good eccentric when he sees one, has something to say about unpredictable attractions between the sexes, and he says it with his usual cleverness and compassion for everyday nutzos." — TheaterMania.com

"The highlight of the night was That Other Person, a funny, cleverly structured, quintessentially oddball piece by David Lindsay-Abaire. By creating their shows on the fly, the artists of the '24 Hour Plays,' which are dependably messy, spontaneous and occasionally in bad taste, prove to be even fringier than the Fringe." — New York Times

"The highly amusing comic playlet That Other Person was the highlight of the evening, displaying Lindsay-Abaire's gift for outrageous dialogue and situations." — New York Post

About the Playwright:

David Lindsay-Abaire is an American playwright, lyricist, librettist and screenwriter. He is the author of Rabbit Hole, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. His other theatre works include Good People, Fuddy Meers, and Kimberly Akimbo. He is Co-Chair of the Juilliard School's Playwriting Program.

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