Six unknowing guests have RSVP’d to a dinner at a private dining room in a first-rate restaurant in Paris. Arriving in a staggered manner, they eventually realize they are the three divorced couples-providing makings of the farce Simon intends the first half of the play to be. Five of them were mistaken into thinking a man they hold in high regard (who happens to be their divorce lawyer) is hosting the party, but he never shows up, and appearances prove to be deceiving.
Claude Pichon and Albert Donay are the first to arrive, and Claude asks what the party is for, but Albert does not know either. As the three male guests arrive first and the female guest later, it only gradually unfolds that they are three divorced couples and that somebody has designs for them to be together. After the shock wears off, the characters inevitably begin to analyze and emotionally process their past marriages, and the play ends on a hopeful note.
Nick is a single, Italian-American guy from New Jersey. His parents retired and moved to Florida. That doesn’t mean his family isn’t still in Jersey. In fact, he sees both sets of his grandparents every Sunday for dinner. This is a routine until he has to tell them he’s been offered a dream job.
The job he’s been waiting for - marketing director - would take him away from his beloved, but annoying, grandparents. He tells them. The news doesn’t sit well. Thus begins a series of schemes to keep Nick around. How could he betray his family’s love to move to Seattle, for a job, wonder his grandparents? Well, Frank, Aida, Nunzio and Emma do their level best, and that includes bringing to dinner the lovely - and single - Caitlin O’Hare as bait---we won’t give the ending away here.
The play is introduced to the audience by Tom, the narraator and protagonist, as a memory play based on memory, Tom cautions the auditon that what they see may not be precisely what happened. Amanda Wingfield, a faded Southern Belle of middle age, shares a dingy St. Louis apartment with her son, Tom, in his early twenties, and his slightly older sister, Laura.
Tom works in a shoe warehouse doing his best to support the family. He chafes under the boredom of everyday life and struggles to write while spending much of his spare time going to movies-or so he says. Amanda is obsessed with finding a suitor for Laura, whose shyness has led her to drop out of both high school and secretarial school, spends much of her time polishing and arranging her collection of the little glass animals. Pressured by his mother to help find a caller for Laura, Tom invited an acquaintance from work named Jim home to dinner.
“The Glitter Girls” is a (mostly) female southern comedy in the tradition of Belles and Five Tellers Dancing in the Rain, with the kind of strong ensemble dynamic reminiscent of several of Mark Dunn’s other plays for medium to large casts. The play revolves around an ad hoc meeting of a North Georgia women’s social club called “The Glitter Girls”, convened by its richest member-one Trudy Tromaine-who is supposedly at death’s door and wishing to bequeath some of her millions to one lucky “Sister of the Gleam and Sparkle.” The hitch is that it’s the members themselves who must decide to whom to award the small fortune (with hopes that the Glitter Girl they select will see it in her heart to share the money with the rest of her “sisters,) The play can be economically described as Steel Magnolias meets Survivor, with a big dose of quirky Mark Dunn humor thrown in for good
It's Christmas-time in the small town of Fayro, Texas, and the Futrelle Sisters—Frankie, Twink and Honey Raye—are not exactly in a festive mood. A cranky Frankie is weeks overdue with her second set of twins. Twink, recently jilted and bitter about it, is in jail for inadvertently burning down half the town. And hot-flash-suffering, Honey Raye, is desperately trying to keep the Tabernacle of the Lamb's Christmas Program from spiraling into chaos. But things are not looking too promising: Miss Geneva, the ousted director of the previous productions, is ruthless in her attempts to take over the show. The celebrity guest Santa Claus—is passing a kidney stone.. And the entire cast is dropping like flies due to food poisoning from the Band Boosters' Pancake Supper. And then Frankie lets slip a family secret that has been carefully guarded for decades. But in true Futrelle fashion, the feuding sisters find a way to pull together in order to present a Christmas program the citizens of Fayro will never forget.