Desperate Women Do Desperate Things!
Three Prize-Winning Monologues Performed by Three Acclaimed Professional Actresses
A Lady of Letters
Since her mother died, Irene spends her days spying on the neighbors and writing endless letters of complaint (“Got a reply to one letter this morning. I’d written drawing his attention to a hitherto unnoticed factor in the rise of crime, namely the number of policemen these days who wear glasses. What chance would they have against a determined assailant?”)
Irene suspects the young couple next door of a heinous crime, but no one will listen to her.
Frustrated, she takes more drastic action – action that leads to a knock on the door that will turn her life upside down.
Talking Heads is “Brilliant … simple but spellbinding” (The Herald, Glasgow)
Talking Heads is “One of the finest dramatic achievements of the past few decades” (The Scotsman)
Waiting for the Telegram
Despite the indignity of requiring full-time nursing care, Violet has not lost her sense of humor. She still has a lively curiosity about the people surrounding her – especially about a handsome young male nurse named Francis.
At nearly one-hundred years of age, Violet’s memory isn’t what it used to be: she can’t remember everyday words and when her son comes to visit, she doesn’t recognize him (“Bugger off!” she tells him).
But something about Francis reminds her of someone – she can’t say who until the arrival of a schoolboy whose assignment is to interview her about the past.
Suddenly, Violet remembers one night before the first world war in vivid detail – an evening with a young soldier that began very romantically.
Talking Heads is “beautifully constructed, filigreed with character detail, and laden with laugh lines” (David Finkle, TheatreMania)
Talking Heads is “generously humorous” yet the monologues are also “acute mini-tragedies” (Alfred Hickling, The Guardian)
Miss Fozzard Finds Her Feet
Poor Miss Fozzard.
As the Oh-So-Proper head of soft furnishings in a large department store, she suffers not only from sore feet but also from the jeers of younger co-workers.
At home, she helps care for her brother, a stroke victim, who rewards her assistance by calling her a “Cow.”
Middle-aged and frumpy, Miss Fozzard has long ago abandoned any hope of romance – until one day her aching feet lead her to Mr. Dunderdale, a distinguished chiropodist with an unusual passion.
“With an uncanny sense of detail, and with sympathy for their foibles, pity for their failures, and joy in their Pyrrhic victories, Bennett conjures up struggling creatures of riveting genuiness, and grants them their all too often overlooked heroism, writ small but felt deep.” (John Simon, New York Magazine)
Bennett “laces his portraits with lots of wicked humor. His plots are buoyed by frequent surprises that catch us off guard.” (Dennis Brown, Riverfront Times, St. Louis)