‘Shows for Days’ (Irene): “I was a good wife till I couldn’t stand it”

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'Shows for Days' by Douglas Carter Beane

From: Play

Type: Dramatic

Character: Irene is the main force behind the local community theatre. She's in her 50's but doesn't act like it.

Gender: Female

Age Range: 50's

Summary: Irene is trying to tell Car not to miss his opportunity to leave town.

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IRENE: Cab yourself a cab. Get yourself five bucks from my purse. (She hands him the money behind her back and dials. He reaches for the money; she grabs his hand and stares forward, away from him.) I know where you’re from, Car. Wyomissing? And I know you’re screaming to get out. I know it because I’ve been where you are. My Wyomissing was called Larchmont. And there was Greenwich Village and Caffe Cino and Joe and Lance Wilson and Harry and Jean-Claude. But. I didn’t. Have the nerve for it. So I got married and moved here to Berks County. And you know I’m telling the truth because if I made it up I would make it so much more tragic and not so mediocre. I was a good wife till I couldn’t stand it and then did anything I could in summer stock and when summer stock went away – I – I’ve created my own little version of what I was afraid of here, right here. And you want it too – Gevalt, how many times did you stare at that stage? You want out of your life and onto that eight-foot by twelve-foot raised platform from hunger that we call a stage. Right now, right here. This is destiny pissing on your leg. What do you wanna do about it?

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