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Loose Canon - ePublication

Brian Reno and Gabriel Vega Weissman
Collection, Short Comedies
3 men, 3 women (doubling, flexible casting)
Total Cast: 6, Flexible Sets
ISBN-13: 9780822235637


FEE: $100 per performance when produced together; $35 each when produced individually.
THE STORIES: From Molière in IKEA to Chekhov in a Tex-Mex restaurant, this series of short comedies satirizes the world of the American consumer in the style of canonical playwrights. It’s a walk through history…if history were a strip mall.
THE ELMAE. A child receives the most desired birthday present of the year—a Tickle-Me-Elmo. Chaos and discord descend upon the party as the children vie for a chance to tickle the Elmo. (3 men, 3 women.) THE PERSEVERATORS. A trip to IKEA tests the friendship of two young men, and their disagreement over interior design becomes a battle of wit in rhyming couplets. (2 men, 1 woman.) PEANUTS & CRACKER JACK. A young couple on the rocks attends a baseball game, where foul balls, a bombastic hot dog girl, and overpriced Cracker Jack give their relationship the jolt it needs. (1 man, 2 women.) UPRIGHT & LOCKED. Claustrophobia and confusion overcome a woman on an airplane. A mysterious voice from overhead, giving a warped airline safety speech, only exacerbates her confusion. (1 woman, 1 male or female voice) THE MOST LAMENTABLE COMEDIE OF MOIRA AND ROSA. Two women are fired from their posts at an Amazon warehouse. They take solace in posting online reviews of the things they stole. (1 man, 2 women.) THE EL TAQUERIA. A failing family-owned Mexican restaurant in the Berkshires is facing foreclosure, but the three sisters in charge are oblivious. Their estranged brother returns to make them face facts. (2 men, 3 women.)
“…madcap hilarity…a fantastic example of the versatility within the historical canon.” — “…an immensely intelligent and entertaining piece for any sort of theater lover…” — “LOOSE CANON bridges the knowledge of a theatre history class with the raucous fun of sketch comedy…Literate without being pretentious, funny without being dumb, LOOSE CANON is a delightfully fun time.” —