Drinking Perfume, by Lindsay Price (Bard Theatre)
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Finalist for the 2013 Reva Shiner Comedy Award (won that year by William Missouri Downs, author of our May play), Lindsay Price's “Drinking Perfume” is a two-character comedy that is sure to please.
Stan appears to be a nerdy neat bald man in a bow tie. Claudie appears to be a pink-haired irresponsible hippy slob. Stan thinks Claudie has broken into his girlfriend Beth's home and trashed the place. Claudie thinks Stan is the intruder in her sister's home. Both Stan and Claudie are telling the truth. So why are they at Beth's house? Cue the doorbell, which delivers a courier envelope addressed to both STAN and CLAUDIE. The envelope contains an index card with two words on it: I KNOW. From there, secrets and stereotypes get brought to the surface in this delightful comedy.
“One of the things I love about this play,” says Schutte, “is that the audience goer will have a moment very early on where she will say, ‘I know where this is heading’, and it’s by design. The audience is in on where it’s heading, and the characters are in on where it’s heading, and it’s quite simply a delight to see it unfold.”
Lindsay Price is the resident playwright for THEATREFOLK. She writes specifically for schools and student performers, averaging 300 productions a year in schools across Canada, the US and overseas. Recently, “Chicken.Road” received Outstanding production in the Sears Drama Festival, “Tuna Fish Eulogy” was presented at US army bases in both Italy and Germany, “Beauty and the Bee” won best production at the New Brunswick District Play Festival, and “Power Play” won best Overall Production at the Saskatchewan Drama Association Region 7 Festival. She regularly teaches playwriting workshops at conferences and festivals, most recently at the International Thespian Festival, the Alabama State Thespian Festival and the Ohio Council of Teachers of English Language Arts Conference. Upcoming, she'll be presenting at the Educational Theatre Association Conference, and the Council of Drama and Dance Teachers of Ontario Conference.
Recommended for ages 14 and up.