by Christopher Durang
Naomi In the Living Room:. Naomi, when visited by John and Johanna, 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!
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.
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 into trouble calling sports teams by words with double meanings (instead of Team A and B). They are all happy living in America.
The Cardinal comes to explain briefly why birth control is always always always wrong.
A sensitive woman trying to do stand-up comedy has to bring her own laugh track, just in case. Her self-deprecating jokes turn out to be all too real, as is her pain as she senses the truth.
A man goes to a woman clerk at the Division of Motor Vehicles and tries to get his license renewed - with infuriating results.
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 when it is said that Nancy Drew has "a bun in the oven."
Aunt Dan, the title character of Wallace Shawn's Aunt Dan and the Lemon, has a discussion with Giradoux' Madwoman of Chaillot. They discuss it all.
A man and a woman, previously married, try to reconcile over dinner, but a canker sore and a talkative waitress ruin everything.
A sketch co-authored by Durang and Wendy Wasserstein. Medea and her chorus of three woman try to figure out if it's appropriate to kill your children to punish your husband. Jason shows up; so does a messenger with news of Lady Teazle; and a Deus ex Machina comes down from the sky to cheer everybody up.
A widow is accosted at her husband's funeral by a very inappropriate guest.
1-900-Desperate. Gretchen, irritated by her mother's constant criticism of her empty love life, calls a romance talk line and finds only other women and one young man named Scuzzy. When a 5-year-old child dials by mistake, Gretchen finds his innocent babbling preferable to all the adults.
Two women watch their children play; one of them is pretty normal, the other has a very pessimistic outlook.
Two strange sisters bicker about who did or didn't kill their mother - and who does or doesn't like pudding.
Another Tennessee Williams. parody, from the author of For Whom the Southern Belle Tolls. 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 The 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.
A young man tells his suicidal, despairing thoughts to a cheerful woman who chooses to ignore them.
John Doe introduces his idealised family: his wife Mary, and their three children. His happy portrayal keeps turning truly dark, as he reveals that his wife has been murdered and dismembered by their insane next-door neighbour, Tommy Psycho Babbit. Then he takes it back, says he's made it all up, and that everything is fine. Mary looks normal, but from time to time her mouth falls off and her eye pops out. John kills his children in a rage, then says he didn't really. Mary and John go to sleep and hope Dr. Kevorkian comes in the morning.
An overly macho gym teacher addresses a co-ed class of seventh graders, saying inappropriate things and eventually forcing the unlucky class to play a game of "bombardment" (hitting members of the other team with volley balls), but this time played with bowling balls. (1 man).
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 - a public service announcement.
Chris and his friend Stephanie debate global warming. Stephanie's pretentiousness irritates Chris, but they make up, and Chris composes a letter to the President about the subject. Realising he has to go to post office to buy a stamp, Chris is overwhelmed, but he gathers his courage and goes.
In this giddy comedy, Mr. O'Brien goes to a restaurant on a tropical island, hoping to forget his troubles. His waitress, Kitty, who is French and preposterously seductive, is very suggestive with her body. O'Brien finds Kitty strange, and falls in love with her, but it turns out she is really a cat, not a woman. The hostess of the restaurant sends Kitty to the vet to be put to sleep. O'Brien rushes to the vet, but he's too late.
A serious play about alcoholism, written for school audiences, to trigger discussions about addiction and denial. Jack denies he is an alcoholic, while his ex-wife says he is. He gets arrested for stealing, and looks to his mother, Selina, and brother, Harry, for help. Selina drinks wine all day and is overly protective of Jack, and never criticises him for the ill he's done. Harry is sick of both his brother and mother.
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 ill-tempered indeed, and professes to give AIDS to homosexuals, haemophiliacs and Haitians in a bizarrely unfocused rage. Leaving heaven, Robert feels that whom he met wasn't God, but an impostor. Adapted from the "AIDS Speech" in Laughing Wild, and rewritten to be performed by two actors, out of context of that play.