Rubbers and Yanks Three Detroit Zero Top of the Seventh: Two Playsby Jonathan Reynolds
RUBBERS. The setting is the Assembly Chamber of a State Legislature, where a determinedly liberal (and unpopular) lady legislator presses for passage of a bill requiring druggists to place contraceptive devices in plain view, with prices clearly marked. Her shocked colleagues, a motley, self-seeking crew of political hacks, react with platitudes and inane counter-proposals, mostly motivated by fear of their constituents' displeasure. As they bicker hilariously among themselves, deliver fatuous speeches and play to the visitors gallery, the playwright fixes them all with a deliciously wicked eye�and, out of the farcical doings, raises some unsettling albeit very funny) questions about the suitability and purposefulness of our elected representatives. (11 man, 2 women.) YANKS 3 DETROIT 0 TOP OF THE SEVENTH. Deftly mingling fantasy and reality, the action centers on "Duke" Bronkowski, an aging big-league pitcher trying for a comeback. As his control begins to weaken, and with it his self-confidence, he is visited on the mound by his coach (who mouths fuzzy platitudes); his catcher (who temperamentally demands obedience to his signals); and his teeny-bopper girlfriend (who reminds him of the painful mess he has made of his personal life). Unable to deliver the fast ball he once had, or the curve ball he never had, Duke becomes a metaphor of middle age, as he smarts from the taunts of the younger base runners and retreats into ethnic jokes to cover his growing awareness of his fading powers. The truth which he finally faces up to is a bitter one but, thanks to the antic imagination of the playwright, its discovery is leavened with laughter and a warm sense of absurdities which flesh is heirto. (12 men, 1 woman.)"
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