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A Bad Review
AuthorHAILS, Christopher - Other Plays by this Author - Contact Author
FormatOne-act.
SynopsisOpenly gay and flamboyant, Cooper Hopkins, a respected theatre critic is at home one evening preparing to leave for New York to take up an Arts critic post. With him is ex-partner, Nick Bowen, a Restaurateur, having a meal. Nick leaves and Cooper receives an abusive telephone call about one of his critiques. He slams down the telephone and gets on with writing his last review. Nick returns to collect his culinary tools and stays for a coffee. There is a knock on the door, but Cooper refuses to answer it. Nick leaves and Cooper goes to bed. Later he is awoken by Nick who has been abducted by Scott Talbot, an aspiring playwright. He blames Cooper for his stage play closing after one week, after he'd reviewed it, and wants Cooper to issue a retraction. Scott, unbeknown to Cooper, was a rent boy twenty years previous, who Cooper had used. Scott exposes their liasons and recounts that two of his friends were the victims of a spate of rent boys murders around the same time as their relationship. As their pasts are revealed, each has to come to terms with their ghosts, especially Nick.
InformationAdult ThemesSwearingTragedyThriller
Cast3M (minimum 3)
Cooper (60's) Nick (40's) Scott (30's)
ProductionAn open set with the minimum of props. Although the play's action, at times feels static, the actors should feel free to move around and absorb the interplay between their characters. Although not a comedy, Coopers's character should be played straight (sic) and Nick is the ideal foil for Cooper's idiosyncrasies. With Scott erupting on the scene, his brusque and sometimes coarse and abrasive manner contrasts with Cooper's and Nick's more refined personalities. Note: There are three pistol shots at the end of the play.
StatusAvailable for performance
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Christopher Hails

Originally from the North East of England and ex RAF. All but retired and enjoying life in Cyprus. Still writing and acting. Having written over 50 plays over the last eight years, my plays are slowly coming into vogue which is not a bad thing.


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