Below the Belt


Richard Dresser

Published by Samuel French Inc

3 Male 0 Female

Dobbitt has been posted to a dismal distant place, a grim industrial compound that uncomfortably resembles a prison where his quarters have bunks one freezing cold and the other boiling hot, a table and an ancient typewriter

He is a checker; he checks though he has no idea what is being made with an irascible coworker who has been in this place for years. Their inept boss possesses a singular talent for fomenting dissent

The comic interplay among these men one bullying and truculent, one ambitious and evasive and the third a trembling mass of insecurity and arrogance is irresistibly funny. As they comically maneuver in their pointless quest for status, sinister little animals are encroaching on the compound

"Gloriously funny but also wickedly insightful, [this] bright new play ... is never short of laugh lines.... Lurking beneath the almost farcical hilarity is a bundle of 20th century angst.... The jokes are beautifully in place, permitting the three gorgeously combative figures to emerge" ~ N.Y. Post

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