Two plays : Goodbye, Piccadilly and Rope's end / Douglas Bowie.
184 p. ; 21 cm.
Goodbye, Piccadilly ; 5 characters (1m, 4w). -- Rope's end ; 2 characters (1m, 1w).
GOODBYE, PICCADILLY begins with Bess Brickley in a flurry of excitement. She's just learned that Brick, her husband of more than 50 years, has been awarded the Order of Canada. This has barely had time to sink in, however, when she receives the shocking news that Brick has been found dead on a bench in Leicester Square in London, England. This is a tragedy cloaked in a mystery because she thought he was on his annual canoe trip in Algonquin Park. As layers are peeled away, secrets stretching back to World War II are uncovered. Full of heart, humour and surprises, Goodbye, Piccadilly is a universal story about the families we have and the families we make.
ROPE'S END : The central notion of Rope's End is that somewhere long gone on the road not taken, lingering in some idealized, unreliable corner of memory, is the perfect person for each of us. A hopeless romantic fantasy perhaps, but a pretty universal one.The play begins with a middle-aged man, Toby Boone, alone in a drab room, talking to himself and an imaginary Alex Trebek. He's reached the end of his rope - figuratively - and perhaps literally, because he's trying to tie an ominous-looking loop in a length of rope. The possibility of suicide looms in the air. But he happens across a photo - the love of his life. Maybe she can somehow rescue him, change everything, if he can just get up his nerve to contact her. There's only one small problem. He's let 31 years go by. He last saw her, fleetingly, at summer camp when they were 13. And in 31 years, things change. What if she doesn't remember him? Even worse, what if she does? A bittersweet comedy about the choices we make in life, Rope's End leads us through twists and turns, and ends up in a surprising and memorable place.
D B7861 2008