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"Looks Get in the Way"
by D. M. Larson

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"LOOKS GET IN THE WAY"

(TWO ACTOR VERSION)

by D. M. Larson

adapted from the published book

"3 Short Comedy Plays" ISBN-13: 978-1546726845

Copyright (c) 2011, 2013, 2017 All Rights Reserved



It is a 50's style restaurant with a menu at the upstage side of the table that has a button and speaker for ordering.  A woman in a little old lady mask (Sidney) is sitting at the table sitting across from an empty seat. 

A waitress (or waiter) brings Sidney an appetizer.  Sidney eats it through the mouth hole in the mask.  Next Phil enters.  He is a nerdy looking guy in glasses and has some old flowers in his hand.  The waitress shows him to Sidney's table.  Phil is so nervous he doesn't even look at Sidney and sits.  He shields himself with his flowers.

PHIL

Hey, there, Sidney.  I'm early.  I mean I'm Phil and I'm early.  I am glad you're early too, well, sort of. I was hoping to beat you and get used to the room first.  I get nervous in new places.  And with new people.  I get nervous a lot.  I brought you flowers.

Phil sticks the flowers in the middle of the table to it blocks Sidney from view and himself as well.  Sidney tries to get a good look at Phil.

PHIL (CONT.)

The flowers are a little wilted.  They were pretty.  I mean there is this wonderful flower shop but I didn't have time to go there today but I did a few days ago and I wanted those flowers.  I don't get a date every day you know and I wanted this to be special, so I got the best flowers I know of but I want this to be great.  You know what I mean.

Sidney grabs and flowers and smells them.  In her old lady voice she says:

SIDNEY

They're lovely.

Phil sees Sidney's old lady mask for the first time.  He is suddenly speechless.  He stares a moment.  He takes off his glasses and cleans them.  He puts them on and looks again.  Sidney puts the flowers to the side of the table and looks at Phil happily.  After a few moments of silence:

PHIL

What's with the mask?

SIDNEY

Does it scare you?

PHIL

Not really... it's just... weird.

SIDNEY

Hmm... so you're not gonna run off on me?

PHIL

I have to admit.  I'm a little curious.  Why would you wear an old person mask to dinner?  And do the weird voice?

SIDNEY

It's my way of weeding out the losers.  I want to find a man who likes what I'm really like and doesn't let my looks get in the way.

PHIL

Tell me about it.

SIDNEY

You're not ugly.

PHIL

I'm not?

SIDNEY

Take off your glasses again.

Phil does and Sidney takes a very close look.

SIDNEY (CONT.)

You have very nice eyes.

PHIL

Really?  You do too.

SIDNEY

Stop that.

PHIL

What?

SIDNEY

No physical stuff now. 

PHIL

But you said my eyes... and your eyes are.. well... pretty...

SINDEY

No.

PHIL

But...

SIDNEY

Shoosh!

PHIL

Can't I?

SIDNEY

No.

PHIL

Okay.

Sidney looks very grumpy and crosses her arms.  Phil looks around everywhere but at Sidney.  After a few moments:

SIDNEY

The flowers are very nice.

PHIL

I like red.  You like red?

SIDNEY

I'm not much in to colors.

PHIL

Why is that?

SIDNEY

They're so loaded.  Red is passion. Blue is sadness.  Green is envy. 

PHIL

It's good to feel something.

SIDNEY

Huh?

PHIL

A least those colors feel something.  Black and white is so boring.  No feeling at all.

Sidney nods approvingly and then holds out her appetizer.

SIDNEY

Hungry?


Phil takes something from the appetizer tray and eats it.

PHIL

Is that battered green beans?

SIDNEY

Uh-huh.

PHIL

That is my absolute favorite!

SIDNEY

No way.

PHIL

Nobody else likes these.

SIDNEY

I do.

PHIL

These are so good in the honey poppy seed sauce.

Sidney holds out some sauce.

PHIL (CONT.)

Oh, no you didn't?

Phil happily dips in the sauce.

PHIL (CONT.)

What are the odds we'd like the same things?

Sidney wiggles happily.

PHIL (cont.)

So... uh... what else happens on these dates?  I mean... you seem to have had it all planned out with the mask and such.  It's like a test or something.  There was this one episode of Star Trek...

SIDNEY

I like Star Trek...

PHIL

Really?

SIDNEY

Live long and prosper.

Phil pushes the menu button.

PHIL

Earl Grey tea... hot.

Sidney laughs.

PHIL (CONT.)

So is this one of those Trekkie tests of the true nature of a species?  What is the next trial?

SIDNEY

Dinner?

PHIL

Hmmm... I shall take this challenge.

Phil looks at menu.  He notices Sidney isn't looking.

PHIL (CONT.)

Already know what you want?

SIDNEY

Uh-huh.

PHIL

What are you having?

SIDNEY

It's a secret.

Phil studies her. 

PHIL

I'll take this challenge.

SIDNEY

What?

PHIL

I will take your dinner challenge.

Sidney pushes menu button.

SIDNEY

This is Sidney. I'll have my usual. 

PHIL

I too will have the unusual usual.

SIDNEY

You don't even know what it is.

PHIL

I am brave.  I'll try anything once. 

SIDNEY

It's very unusual.

PHIL

I didn't see anything too unusual on the menu.

SIDNEY

My usual isn't on the menu.

Phil gets nervous.

PHIL

Oh.

Sidney laughs.

SIDNEY

Don't worry.  It hasn't killed anyone... yet.  It is however responsible for my lovely appearance.

Phil wrinkles his face.

PHIL

I really don't want to look like that.

Sidney makes a hurt sound.

SIDNEY

Oh... you bad man.  You hurt my feelings.

PHIL

Uh... uh... I'm sorry.  I didn't mean to...

SIDNEY

I was joking.  Relax.

PHIL

Maybe I should wear a mask on dates too.  I get so nervous.

SIDNEY

You're doing well.

PHIL

It's the mask.  It's helping me too for some reason.  It's so ridiculous... I guess it lightens the mood.

Sidney makes another hurt sound.

SIDNEY

Ri-dic, ri-dic... ri-dicles?  Oh... my... I'm ridicles.

PHIL

No, you've very normal.  The rest of us are weird.

SIDNEY

Darn tootin.

There is a ding. Sidney looks.

SIDNEY

That's our order.

PHIL

That was quick. I'll get it.

Phil goes and gets food and returns.

PHIL (CONT.)

A hot dog?

SIDNEY

A hot dog.

PHIL

Most unusual.

SIDNEY

It is. Who knows what's in the meat.

PHIL

I actually love hot dogs.

SIDNEY

Really?

PHIL

Yup.

Phil devours it.  Sidney watches in approval.  After a few moments.

SIDNEY

Wanna see me without my mask?

Phil pauses.  He looks nervous.

PHIL

Uh... I don't know... maybe... I guess... this is a test too isn't it.  Oh man.

Sidney laughs and switches to her real voice.

SIDNEY

Don't be nervous.  I'm not this scary looking for real.

PHIL

Okay.

SIDNEY

I'm kind of ugly but nothing like this.

PHIL

Ugly?

SIDNEY

Don't worry.  I don't have a huge nose or weird teeth or a huge mole on my face.  I'm just not very good looking. 

PHIL

I don't mind. I'm no William Shatner.

SIDNEY

You sure?

PHIL

I'm sure I'm not William Shatner.

Sidney laughs and Phil joins her.

SIDNEY

You sure about the mask?

PHIL

I'm sure.  I already know you have beautiful eyes.

SIDNEY

Stop that.

PHIL

I still can't compliment you?

SIDNEY

No.

Sidney sits quietly a moment.

PHIL

You don't have to take off the mask.  It's okay.

SIDNEY

I want to.  You're really nice.  You deserve to see my real face.  You've passed the test.

Phil waits nervously as Sidney removes the mask.  Sidney looks shy and Phil looks happy.

PHIL

You're beautiful.

Sidney does her old lady voice.

SIDNEY

No.

PHIL

You are... really.

SIDNEY

Stop.

PHIL

You don't have any reason to hide.

Sidney makes eye contact and returns his smile.  They smile at each other happily a moment.

SIDNEY

Want another hot dog?

PHIL

Sure.

END OF PLAY



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