What's it like to be peered at by hungry humans? Studied like a microbe under a glass? Chosen to be someone's dinner entree? Such is the predicament of two lobsters who find themselves in the tank of a seafood restaurant. One is a crustacean who's been around the tank a few times and has cleverly devised a "dead" act. Frozen in position, starry-eyed, claws rigidly akimbo, the "dead" pose is meant to ward off hungry diners and send them scurrying off to order other dishes. The other lobster is more philosophical. The lobsters consider the idea that humans are actually afraid of them. Maybe that's why people keep them bound up in rubber bands. So what's going to happen to the two priciest items on the menu?
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- Type of Show One-act Play
- Product Code I90000
- Cast Size 2
- Min. Royalty Rate $50/perf
- Cost $9.95
- Approx. Run Time 25 min
- Target Audience Young Audiences | Middle School | High School | College and Adult | Family (all ages) | Senior Adults
- Performing Group Elementary School | Middle School | High School
- Genre Comedy | Farce | Satire
- ISBN(13) 9781583423790
- "This is a FANTASTIC show to produce during COVID! Only two characters who can easily be distanced and tons of fun, yet also pretty heady for MS and HS."
- Review by Reed Gabhart, St. Francis School, Goshen, Ky.
- "The play was well received and easy to produce and direct."
- Review by Mary Ciuciura, Elgin Theatre Guild, London, Ontario
- "A hilarious comedy that had the audience laughing throughout the whole 25 minutes. The actors thoroughly enjoyed their roles. Fun time had by all!"
- Review by Carmen Black, Northern Beacon Rebekak Lodge, Charlton, Ontario
- "Are lobsters philosophers at heart? Are humans really at the top of the food chain? Depends who's telling the story. Angela and Liz get to the bottom of the age-old discussion on life and existence in this well-versed one-act play. Great for performance and viewing by all ages."
- Review by Rosanne DellAversano, Arden Club Theatre, Arden, Del.
- "Clever premise, clever analogyÑdoesn't need the length to make the point."
- Review by Jenny, Loose Edge Reader's Theatre, Kodiak, Alaska
- "It is a very cute show. It is ideal for high-school performers or community theatre groups."
- Review by Sarah Graves, Halifax County Middle School, South Boston, Va.
- "What a marvelous duet! Lots to laugh about and lots to think about. A wonderful vehicle for two actors, and the impact changes depending on your casting."
- Review by Lorna Stratton, ICHTHYS Theatre Productions, Brantford, Ontario, Canada
Hints, Tips, and Tricks
- "Using more nimble set allows for some mime work which added to the show."
- Tip by Mary Ciuciura, Elgin Theatre Guild, London, Ontario
- "Keep the set simple. The script is powerful enough on its own!"
- Tip by Carmen Black, Northern Beacon Rebekak Lodge, Charlton, Ontario
- "You may want to at least wear red to give a "lobster-ish" hint so audience members aren't so focused on figuring out what the characters are during the first minutes of the show."
- Tip by Sarah Graves, Halifax County Middle School, South Boston, Va.