By: Clint Snyder Cast: 3 M, 7 F (With doubling: 1 M, 5 F) Performance Time: Approximately 45 minutes, 37 pgs.
COLLECTION. It’s definitely a woman’s world in this zany collection of three short plays, where the women pull the strings, or in this case, hold the leashes! In “Woman Holding a Leash,” a grown son asks for a longer leash, literally, since his mother makes him wear a dog collar and leash in public. In “Girl’s Little Daddy,” a father visits his “adorable” daughter in a juvenile prison, where she threatens to stab him with a Barbie shank if he doesn’t buy her a videogame. In “Amazon Nation,” a zookeeper shows some visitors a cage containing the last man on earth and teaches them an ancient form of English called “nagging” so that they can communicate with the beast.
SPOOF. In this episode of “The Hope LoveJoy Show,” the phony, narcissistic, and self-promoting host, Miss Hope LoveJoy, interviews a series of guests who have all “benefitted” from “reading” her self-help book, The Ultra Hush-Hush Top-Secret Secret. Guests include a socially awkward woman who dresses up her pet guinea pigs in cute little outfits, an illiterate ex-con who found true love when she bashed a prison visitor over the head with LoveJoy’s book, and an overzealous fan who kidnaps critics and keeps them locked in an underground bunker, where she reads passages of LoveJoy’s book to them and they eventually go insane.
Re: " Woman Holding a Leash:" I grew up with a kid whose mother, out of her own insecurities, kept him on a leash for some time. Maybe till 5-6 years old. Son of a very bright doctor. Bright family, actually.
But my mom always thought their mom was a little weird. And for MY mom to say someone was weird...well that WAS weird.
They moved to another part of town after a few years. Lost touch.
Found out later, the older brother went on to get a doctorate in something or other from Harvard.
The leashed younger brother killed himself in his early 20's. He hung himself.
So much for leashes on children. Whenever I see the rare kid on a leash, I can't help but think of him.