This play, which scored impressively in several major play contests, begins with a man spending an ordinary evening in his ordinary home with his ordinary family. Then a psychiatrist enters. The man, it seems, is not at home but in a hospital. His family, we learn, is dead … or are they? After the doctor leaves, the man's wife returns to ask if he is still fantasizing that his family is dead. His wife, it seems, is real … or is she? When she leaves—at play's end—the man and the audience must decide which reality is the real one.
- Type of Show One-act Play
- Product Code M53000
- Cast Size 6
- Min. Royalty Rate $50/perf
- Cost $8.95
- Approx. Run Time 40 min
- Target Audience High School | College and Adult
- Performing Group High School | College Theatre
- Genre Drama
- ISBN(13) 9780871295408
- "Well written script that contains hidden surprises for actors and director. The show rewards thoughtful work and those who are willing to look below the surface. The technical requirements are minimal, so this is a great show for an evening of one acts or as a competition piece. "
- Review by David Sturdevant, Middleburg Academy, Middleburg, Va.
- "Mirrors is a challenge for high school actors. It is a complex psychological drama that is conducive to student discussion. Its intensity generates audience reaction. Is Fred Peterson still living in the past? -- a perpetual question."
- Review by Sheryl Keiper, Delaware Valley Regional High School, Frenchtown, NJ
- "Excellent. The play "Mirrors" is very well written and open to interpretation."
- Review by Rick Sambell, Carine Wilson Secondary School, Orleans, ON
- "Very interesting to perform. We liked the surreal aspect."
- Review by Nicole Sides, Sand Creek High School, Colorado Springs, Colo.
- "My students appreciated the emotional content of this play and the opportunity to play powerful, dramatic characters. The audience was moved by the performance and impressed with the compelling performances of the students."
- Review by Lauren Tobiason, Hammond High School, Columbia, Md.
- "Very well received by the audiences. We kept them guessing -- much discussion engendered as to which part of Fred Peterson's life was real. Well actedÑcharacters fully realized."
- Review by Catherine Olsen, DGF High School, Glydon, Minn.
Hints, Tips, and Tricks
- "The pace of this show is critical. It is full of short, rapid fire dialogue that must be carefully rehearsed. Push for memorization early and seek to find variation in the pace. Make sure that the actors are listening and responding rather that just "doing" pace (if that makes sense). "
- Tip by David Sturdevant, Middleburg Academy, Middleburg, Va.