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Sunday March 28, 2010 in Books
Charlie Evans, a pool shark down on his luck in the bedroom as well as in the pool hall, has two days to pay off a $3,000 debt, or have his legs broken by Bulldog, a psychotic debt collector who also happens to be having an affair with Charlie’s wife, Helen. In his desperation to recover both the money and his self-esteem, Charlie gets involved in a series of hustles, pushing the tension to a breathtaking climax.
The complicated narrative of the play allows French to build a convincing case for Charlie’s humanity—how his actions, devious, frantic, and perplexed as they are, spring directly from his need to survive his pathetic circumstance and to maintain his dignity as a survivor. Tired, suspicious, despairing, knowing that the game is no good for him and yet knowing no other game, Charlie plunges into a situation which may mean disaster or salvation, because in Charlie’s world of cliché and stereotype, everything comes down to betting on the right thing at the right time.
Cast of 2 women and 8 men.
ISBN 13: 9780889224889 | ISBN 10: 889224889
6 W x 9 H inches | 96 pages
$15.95 CAN / $11.95 US
Backlist | Drama | Bisac: DRA013000
QUOTES OF NOTE
“One Crack Out is a large-boned, daring work, reflecting an astute craftsmanship…the results are almost explosively stirring.”
“French’s glimpse of life in one Canadian underworld is funny, vigorous, and highly theatrical.”
—Globe & Mail
“A definite winner that will be around for a long time.”
About the ContributorsDavid French
Born in Coley’s Point, Newfoundland, David French was one of Canada’s best-known and most critically acclaimed playwrights. His work received many major awards, and French was one of the first inductees into the Newfoundland Arts Hall of Honour.
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