Jealousy & There are No Sacher Tortes in Our Society!
Published by Dramatists Play Service
2 Male 1 Female
His business is apparently doing well; his sex life is eminently satisfying; and both he and his wife, Nina, appear to be happier than they have ever been
But then the cracks appear: Nina confesses that she has been carrying on an affair with the elevator man for the past twelve years; and Jerry abruptly confesses that they are on the edge of bankruptcy
The Stones are then visited by Robert Ginsburg, Jerry's oldest friend, whom they haven't seen for many years. Robert, who has developed the power to predict the future, tells Jerry that Demco Petro (a stock Jerry had just sold to raise cash) will open $28 a share higher in the morning - which means that if Jerry had held on a day longer he would have realized a profit of $70,000!
Shattered, Jerry and Nina move slowly away from each other, their life in ruins, as thunder and lightning crash ominously in the background
Paired with The Pushcart Peddlers in its successful Off-Broadway presentation, this zany offbeat study of marital tensions by one of our theatre's masters of comedy tells the story of a seemingly perfect couple whose marriage goes suddenly and unexpectedly awry when the rather thin veneer of their happiness is peeled away
"The author's disarmingly nutty outlook on urban society is once again clearly in evidence" ~ vNY Daily News
" jokes, witticisms, verbal turns that reveal character " ~ The Village Voice
There are No Sacher Tortes in Our Society! ~ Janice and Alex Krieger, an apparently congenial couple, live in a comfortable (if rather messy) Manhattan apartment
One afternoon, however, when Janice is trying to clean up the place a bit, their domestic tranquillity is disrupted by the arrival of Alex's long lost brother, Max, who suddenly appears, complete with full beard and carrying a canary in a cage
Max's behavior is frantic and decidedly odd: He smashes a window with a frying pan in order to air out the apartment, and he abruptly disappears, only to resurface when Alex arrives home from work
Happy to be united with his brother after so many years, Max regales the impressionable Alex with tales of his wild escapades as a drifter, convincing Alex that marriage is stifling and that a man must get out on his own to experience life at its fullest
Alex, drawing himself together, then confronts Janice, announces that their marriage is over, and departs defiantly with Max. Six months later, however, we discover that Alex and Max now both seedy drifters and distressingly dependent on each other, are the ones who have sunk into a tiresome rut; while Janice, contentedly living by herself, has been promoted to a managerial position in the department store where Alex once worked
An antic yet often touching farce which concerns what happens when a long lost (and decidedly strange) relative pays an unexpected call on an ostensibly happy, if rather kooky New York couple