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Benny and Boris – Ten minute poignant comedy for seniors

ten minute poignant comedy


A park bench on a summer day: this is where we find two old friends Benny & Boris, shooting the breeze over their weekly card game.  But today, the usual lighthearted shmoozing evolves into something deeper…

During their usual routine of playing cards and reading the obituaries, a deeply disturbing personal issue is revealed and Benny & Boris find their friendship put to the test.
Throughout this heartwarming, humorous one-act play, Benny & Boris discover that while the people closest to you sometimes let you down, family can be found in the most unexpected places.
Award-winning playwright Morley Shulman provides a fresh perspective on love & friendship, life & death, aging, and what family really means.

A ten minute poignant comedy with some great funny lines that deals with the sensitive subject of growing older and being best friends.

Benny & Boris took first place in the judged portion of the Paw Paw Village Players One Act Festival.
In addition, it also took home the People’s Choice Award as voted on by the audience as their favourite play.


Theatre Saskatchewan, SK,  Canada – 2018
Gatewood School at region literary competition, GA, USA – 2019
Metropolitan State University of Denver, CO, USA – 2019
The Belfast Maskers, ME, USA – 2020

Read about playwright Morley Shulman. Other plays – Hang ups! A musical about the office by Morley

Author: Morley Shulman

Genre: Ten minute poignant comedy

Type: Ten minute plays, one act play scripts

Length: Ten minutes

Cast: 2M

Age of the actors: Seventy plus

Suitable for: All ages to watch(PG language younger kids) Adults up to perform.

Set: A park bench

Level of difficulty: 6/10 – sharp quick lines to bounce off the other actors

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Some Unfinished Chaos – Poignant Comedy script

poignant comedy script


This is a two-character (1F: 23, American; 1M: 39, British), single set (two-room interior) “sad comedy,” set in the late 20th century, about the growth of the soul and learning to live in the face of death. It takes place over a six-month period and requires no unusual technical or physical effects. The play is in three acts and has a running time of approximately 1:45 plus intermissions.

Chaos concerns the never-explicitly defined relationship that evolves between ERIC WITTENGER, a writer whose successful — sole — novel was published when he was 22, and who has been trying ever since to create another. That novel — based, as we discover during the play, on the turmoil of his brief marriage and his ex-wife’s descent into eventual suicide — was a huge success, and it still provides his principal, though now modest, means of support, a fact which continues to grate on him; and JESSAMYN TYLER, a would-be writer who is estranged from her father but was close to her recently deceased mother, and who steadily inserts herself into Eric’s life, over his reluctance, in the hope, at first at least, that he will mentor her writing

The nature of the relationship is changed, however, when Eric, who works to retain his emotional distance from the world to avoid repeating the failures of his marital relationship, discovers he is terminally ill (with cancer) and is forced to re-examine his personal and professional needs; and Jessamyn, in an effort that is based both on her own needs and her growing attachment — professional and emotional — to Eric, convinces him to allow her to move in with him to become his primary caregiver.

The play explores the ways people create — and sometimes destroy — in order to survive, physically and spiritually, and deals with what its characters face in coming to terms not only with Eric’s mortality but their own respective fears, hopes; and desires, as artists, to give something to each other and to the world at large.

PRODUCTIONS: Danna Semo Productions, Givataim, Israel
API Theatre, Kalamazoo, MI
Equity Library Theatre Chicago
HONORS: “Top Ten” selection – Chattanooga (TN) New Play Festival
Semi-finalist, Writer’s Network Competition
Finalist, Trustus (SC) Theatre New Play Competition
Finalist, National Future Fest, Dayton, OH

Read about playwright Evan Guilford-Blake

Author: Evan Guilford-Blake

Genre: Sad comedy, poignant comedy script

Type: Three act play

Cast: 1M 1F

Ages of the actors: M late thirties, F early twenties

Suitable for: Adults

Length: One hour and forty five minutes

Set: ERIC’s apartment, a two-room-plus kitchenette in an “artistic” neighborhood of a major city. Most of the furniture came with the place; it’s all cheap and worn — not inexpensive and well-used but cheap and over-used. The two visible rooms — all-purpose living room, and bedroom — are divided by a suggested wall.

Level of difficulty: 8/10 – a nice challenging piece for two actors, in which the elements of comedy and drama intertwine. The actor should be able to easily play both genres

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Copyright © September 2016 Evan Guilford-Blake

Like this play? Other poignant comedies for you to enjoy:

Stag – poignant comedy for 2M – a British comedy-drama about two men, on a stag do
Extra lessons – poignant comedy about a student who takes it too far with a young naive teacher
Following Dogs – two hander one act plays

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