Exact Change

Exact Change

by David Epstein
     
 

Three lifelong buddies, Vietnam vets, are about to pay off a "balloon" on money borrowed from a local heavy. They meet at their New Jersey bar and grill to set up for a celebration: After years of hard work, they will finally own the place, free and clear. The party, however, never happens. One of them has quietly invested all the payoff cash, and lost it in the… See more details below

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Three lifelong buddies, Vietnam vets, are about to pay off a "balloon" on money borrowed from a local heavy. They meet at their New Jersey bar and grill to set up for a celebration: After years of hard work, they will finally own the place, free and clear. The party, however, never happens. One of them has quietly invested all the payoff cash, and lost it in the futures market. They are soon holed up in an abandoned South Bronx warehouse after having bungled a ransom/kidnapping when the intended victim, a dentist, escaped from them on the Major Deegan Expressway. Can they be traced? What are they going to do now with no Plan B to pay off the man? Percolating beneath their desperation are possible liaisons between one wife and two buddies, stretching all the way back to high school. With everything in the open, can they finally take charge of their lives? Or has the time passed them by?

Editorial Reviews

Evening Standard (London)
On the surface, this is a likeable runaround comedy...Sarcastic put-downs and inventive oaths fly like knives. Then a harrowing revelation will sneak up and hijack the caustic banter.
Independent (London)
...hilarious...a non-stop, wisecracking gift.
International Herald-Tribune
...a sleeper, with a wry, manic overtone all its own.
NY Times
Epstein has an eye for absurdity that is all his own...I haven't laughed so much in a theatre all year.
Weekend Telegraph (London)
...crackling with energy and dark humor...

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822217398
Publisher:
Dramatists Play Service, Incorporated
Publication date:
01/01/2000
Pages:
51

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