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Scenes from a Marriage Vol. 19

Thanksgiving

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A very well-written script of a family growing apart over the years are now thrown together for at least a weekend to be a family over a Thanksgiving weekend and to make decisions to please everyone present


 Comment Written 26-Nov-2017



reply by the author on 26-Nov-2017
    Thanks, Sandra.
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Oh, I am glad to see this back on the book list again. I have come to the conclusion that I enjoy it because it is so wonderfully banal. It makes me so glad to be living alone and able to laugh at the knots you manage to tie your life into it would be too close to home for comfort if I were a family man.

I defy anyone to read one of these without dissolving into laughter. It is so real. I even knew someone with plantar fasciitis at one time. Aloe Vera is supposed to be good for that. But then Aloe Vera seems to be ubiquitous these days. They even put it into the toilet paper. Personally I always thought you should shove it up... and now you can. Isn't alternative medicine wonderful.

This mode of writing should be called "alternative faction" I reckon.

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 Comment Written 26-Nov-2017



reply by the author on 26-Nov-2017
    Thanks, Jim. These are very close to being non-fiction - my mother now lives with us - I edited that out because there's nothing funny about that - I'm still working on finding the humor there.
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Maggie must be a saint.

The dialogue is well done, not really a single wasted word. It flows naturally, which is often a hurdle for scripts. Nicely written. Good job.

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 Comment Written 26-Nov-2017



reply by the author on 26-Nov-2017
    Thanks - these are fun to write and, given that they are mostly true, also pretty easy.
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Hahahaha...
Kids and wives.
You can't live with 'em, and you can't kill 'em.
It's way too messy.
And besides, there are laws in place in most states that prohibit such things. I understand that Maine and Horsehead Island, just off the coast of North Carolina, are the exceptions.
Nobody lives out in those places anyhow, so it would stand to reason.
This was hilarious, as usual, Mark.
Festivation day, 'ey?
Don't like those British Christmas musicals or movies, ya say, Gov'ner?
Well, they tend ta grow on ya after awhile.
~Dean :)


 Comment Written 26-Nov-2017



reply by the author on 26-Nov-2017
    I keep trying to get Maggie to move to Maine but, alas, she's read too much Stephen King to fall for it. Horsehead Island, though?

reply by Dean Kuch on 26-Nov-2017
    Yeah, Horsehead Island.
    Pretty grisly place, LOL.
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Mark, I've read your prose (some time ago), but this play took me totally by surprise. I've read quite a few plays here, but none written with the sophistication yours possesses. Its humor is not forced, but rises out of the authenticity of spontaneous dialogue. The humor reminds me a lot of Noel Coward.

I'm really impressed. If I were to suggest anything at all it would be to include a "Cast of Characters". I would like to have known the characters' relationships beforehand.

"MARK: (speaking loudly so Maggie can here as she walks away)" [... so Maggie can HEAR as she walks away.]

To me, none of the two points above warrant anything less than an "Exceptional" rating.



 Comment Written 26-Nov-2017



reply by the author on 26-Nov-2017
    Thanks, Jay for the kind comments and for catching the typo (it always helps to minimize the embarrassment when the first reviewer catches those). As the title implies, this is an installment in a series - I hadn't done one in a while, it was nice to revisit it. I'll definitely include a "Cast of Characteras" with the next one - thanks for the suggestion.

reply by Jay Squires on 26-Nov-2017
    You are most welcome, Mark. I'll look forward to the next installment.
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