Night Thoughts & Terminal


Corinne Jacker

Published by Dramatists Play Service

2 Male 2 Female

Night Thoughts ~ After having lived alone for many years Dorothy, a chronic invalid, now has Ida staying with her

Dorothy is connected to a battery of machines which monitor her bodily functions and sustain her feeble hold on life, and she seems to resent and distrust the robust Ida, who may - or may not - be her sister

They talk of other times and events which may - or may not - have happened, and Ida hints that there is a man waiting for her outside, a man who has a friend for Dorothy

But Dorothy can only suspect Ida of planning her demise, a suspicion which seems borne out when Ida, suitcase already packed, suddenly leaves - whereupon Dorothy tears away the wires which entangle her and surprisingly, survives

A brilliant absurdist comedy by one of our theatre's most creative writers, presented in New York by the Circle Repertory Company in tandem with Terminal

A funny, touching and tantalizing study of the relationship between two women in which reality and fantasy are juxtaposed to great theatrical effect

Terminal ~ Comfortably ensconced in his private room awaiting minor surgery, Steven is unexpectedly visited by Oswald, a terminal patient who appears to have the run of the hospital

Skittish about medical matters, Steven grows increasingly restive as Oswald catalogues his gruesome ailments and operations - all of which somehow seems to engender in Steven a sense of guilt as well: about his sureness of full recovery versus Oswald's sad fate; and also about his being well off, while Oswald has become a charity patient

As Oswald piles horror on horror Steven presses on him his cashmere robes, his expensive fountain pen, chocolates, scotch and, finally his bed - anything to shut him up and persuade him that someone does care about him (but if only he would go away)

Presented by New York's prestigious Circle Repertory Company, on a double bill with Night Thoughts, this clever, highly original comedy finds zany humor in the unexpected meeting of two hospital patients

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