An Analysis of Six One-Act Plays *Missing Works Cited Hard Candy
Hard Candy is a one act comedy about hiring practices for Banff Enterprises. It is set in the offices of employment at Banff Enterprises. The interesting part of the play is that every character that applies and gets hired takes over the job of the previous interviewer. I found it to be a very humorous play that deals with interviewing tactics and inter-office dilemmas. The only real main character is Linda the secretary who is the only continuing character throughout the entire play. Every other character is only in one or two ...view middle of the document...
The salesman, Hugo Monmarte, owns an art shop called Hugo Monmarte’s Lovely Landscape Labyrinth. Hugo himself is the con artist, as well as the artist of all the paintings in the shop, though he acts as if someone else is the painter. He gets frustrated easily and has a fake French accent, he is a very creepy character. He enters the stage and begins his act towards the audience. Of course no one in the audience responds but there is a woman who is part of the show that comes from the audience and acts interested in a painting. So his attention is drawn to her and he tries his hardest to sell her a painting. She ends up walking out because he reveals to her that he is a con and she wont even accept the painting for free. Before she left a man called Poor Tom walks in and acts out of sorts. They talk to him and the woman ends up giving him three hundred dollars and a check before he leaves. After the woman is gone the beggar returns looking much better and happy. He appears to be part of Hugo’s scam. This was a very odd but interesting play. It could in fact prove to be a great in-class skit that could be performed by one of our groups.
The Mackerel Conspiracy
by : Darrell Kocha and Anthony Schwader
The Mackerel Conspiracy was a little weird. It was all about how people get high off of fish but at the end realize that fish doesn’t make you intoxicated. It was a play with lots of audience participation. The beginning starts out with the narrators speaking directly to the audience. They throw things out into the audience and then go out and yell at the people who caught it. Very, very strange. The story line has two narrators, and they are constantly fighting about who is the "real" narrator. The other characters are either part of the problem or part of the solution. There is a group selling the fish who in the end have a whole stash of "real" drugs in case the fish thing wore off. The other group is all about stopping the drug problem. Their neighborhood has gone continuously downhill, there are shady characters everywhere, people are constantly getting shot and killed, and no one cares about where the neighborhood is going. The end is very strange. Captain Turkey one of the "fishers" sobers up and arrests all the dealers because he is an FBI agent, but he was also one of the people getting high off of fish during the play, this makes NO SENSE! So the neighborhood gets rebuild into a family place again and all the fish dealers go to jail. I didn’t understand what his play was about, obviously it was about the drug problem in America, but why fish? And why incorporate actual drugs into it, i.e. marijuana, LSD, and heroin? I would not like to see this play performed, I feel I would be way to confused to enjoy it.
Animal Farm Center
by : Larry Wood
Animal Farm Center is a three act play about improving the productivity of the American farmer. The setting is in a governmental chicken farm where the new administration of the country has...