RECOMMENDATIONS, a one-act play
SCENE: A bookstore. WOMAN is browsing the shelves. She takes a book down and starts looking at the back cover. MAN peeks around a shelf, sees her looking at the book, and approaches her. He is holding three books under one arm.)
MAN: Oh, you shouldn't get that.
MAN: It's not very good.
WOMAN: Oh. Uhh, ok.
(MAN pulls a book off the shelf.)
MAN: This is better.
(WOMAN reluctantly takes the book from him and examines it.)
MAN: It's a much better book. I really recommend it instead.
WOMAN: Thanks. Uh...I'll think about it.
MAN: I'm getting these. (Shows her the books under his arm.)
WOMAN: I see. Look, I just...
(MAN reaches into his shirt pocket and pulls out a folded up piece of paper, which he offers to her.)
MAN: Here are other books I've read and how I feel about them, if you want to see.
WOMAN: That's not...I appreciate the help, but...
(MAN puts books down and unfolds the paper.)
MAN: I love this one right here. See? Four stars. I have a picture of me reading it, if you'd like to see that. (He reaches for a pocket.)
WOMAN: Hey, I have to go. (She starts walking off.)
MAN (after her): If you want I can call or email you every time I buy a book and let you know what it is! Hey, want to know my top ten Agatha Christie books?
(WOMAN runs off stage.)
MAN (quieter): Can I tell you what I want for Christmas?
(CLERK approaches a few seconds later from offstage.)
CLERK: Sir, we've talked about this. I'm afraid you have to leave.
MAN: What? I'm trying to be helpful! Trying to build a sense of community!
CLERK: Sir, you're upsetting the customers. I'm sorry, but you have to leave.
MAN: I don't understand. Amazon LOVES it when I do this.
Punk Rock Warlord
Coming from me that is the height of praise, don't get dizzy.
Bravo! Loved this one!!!
The Steak Fairy
Games? People still play games??
Specious arguments are not proof of trollish intent.
My only quibble is that you didn't include a dramatis personae at the front, and so I had trouble keeping track of all those characters and their relationships!