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Ugly art – One Act Romantic plays

one act romantic plays


Set in an art gallery, ‘Ugly Art” explores the relationship between a man and a woman. When an ex boyfriend of Rebecca’s calls out of the blue and leaves a message to meet him at an art exhibition, her curiosity is piqued and she goes along, taking her husband, Michael with her. The painting of a dancing woman and her revelations about her previous relationship bring into context how Michael and Rebecca feel about each other and where their relationship is going.

Read about award winning playwright Terry Roeche. Other two handers by Terry Roeche


Edmonton Journal, Edmonton, Canada


Edmonton Fringe Festival 2009
Produced by Dreamscape Theatre, UK
Melfort Amateur Dramatics – SK, Canada – 2018
Nirak Films, UK – 2020

5 out of 5 Stars

Art is a subjective creature. One gallery patron sees a monochromatic masterpiece; another sees nothing more than red paint… Back and forth goes the dialogue like a piping hot potato, keeping our attention for the full 75 minutes… It’s a hoot, but perhaps it’s because we catch a glimpse of ourselves in each couple that Red Wine & Canvas resonates so strongly.

The State Newspaper names Ugly Art Best of 2001 in South Carolina
Columbia, South Carolina
Produced by Chapin Community Theatre 2001

“It ran for only three says, but “Ugly Art,” at Chapin Community Theatre, was a thought-provoking, moving, and occasionally funny series of playlets set in an art gallery filled with monochromatic paintings… “

Redditch Advertiser, Worcesterhire, England
Produced by Mouthpiece Theatre, Worcestershire, England 2004

Putting on a theatre performance is always a risky business. You don’t know whether the audience will turn off he telly and risk the chance of a waster evening. Mouthpiece Productions remedies this by taking theatre to the people. And if has certainly deliver the goods with its latest festival offering – Ugly Art… The show was a treat – a performance of this quality is worth traveling to watch. The show was light accessible and above all, very entertaining.

Sumter Item, Sumter, South Carolina

Produced by Urban Theater of Sumter 2004
“Three large canvases (blue, yellow and green) one bench and a small table displaying several wine glasses set the stage for “Ugly Art,” written by last year’s South Carolina playwright’s winner Terry Roueche… The play itself is sophisticated dialogue, evoking laughter through seven vignettes that explore a variety of topics – marriage, control, snobbery, fidelity and artistic talk…

Charlotte Observer, Charlotte, North Carolina
Produced by BareBones Theatre 2000

“What a surprise to walk into “Ugly Art” the season-closer by the Barebones Theatre Group, and find it fresh and funny… One-acts plus monologue last a crisp 90 minutes…

ENGLAND – Mouthpiece Theatre
Ugly Art 2005
Ugly Art as Red Wine & Canvas 2008

CROATIA – Dreamscape Theatre (UK)
CANADA – Dreamscape Theatre (UK)
LOS ANGELES – Drama West
The Old Nick theatre, Gainsborough, UK – 2019

Author: Terry Roeche

Genre: One act romantic plays

Type: One act play

Cast: 1M 1F

Ages of the actors: Adult any age

Suitable for: All ages

Length: 15 – 20 minutes

Set: Black box theatre. A square red painting on an easel or on the wall.

Level of difficulty: A conversational piece with movement 6/10

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Cost $10 for this award winning previously produced play

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Copyright © December 2014 Terry Roeche and Off The Wall Play Publishers

Like this play? Other one act romances:

Naked – a one act romantic comedy about the pitfalls of internet dating
The Window – one act about marriage – and a window
Aracanum – one act play about friends and love

Waiting – two hander one act plays


two hander one act plays

A short snappy comedy set in the queue where two people, a slightly nerdy guy and a prim, but ordinary woman are waiting to go to the toilet in a crowded shopping mall. Why do woman take so long to go to the loo? What are they really doing inside the cubicles? A dry comedy that takes the battle of the sexes to infinity and beyond.

Performance History

Waiting – a two hander one act comedy was staged by the Crouch End Players as part of the annual Crouch End arts festival in North London in June 2014.

Flagler University – 2016

Read more about award winning playwright Claire Linda Demmer. Other plays by Claire Linda Demmer.

Author: Claire Linda Demmer

Genre: Comedy

Type: Two hander one act plays

Length: Twenty-Twenty five minutes, 20-25 mins

Number of actors: Two, 1M 1F any age

Suitable for: PG 10 – mild language

Set: Simple – can be a black box set, possibly with a toilet sign

Level of Difficulty: 7/10 – not allowing the play to become static as it is simply a conversation between two people in a queue.

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Cost is $7.50 for this previously staged play. Just click Shakespeare!!

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Copyright May 2014 Claire Demmer and Off The Wall Play Publishers

Like this play? Other two hander one act plays we have in stock for you to enjoy:

A Blind Date – short one act comedy
Naked – romantic comedy about the pitfalls of internet dating
Two cats. No dogs – comedy about meeting that special someone for the first time

Road Rage – a one act comedy play

one act comedy play


In this one act comedy play, a woman knocks and enters a man’s office, making sure she has the right person and indicating she is a messenger. He shows his annoyance and, in a silly charade, pretends he is not who she is looking for, but it turns out she is not who she says she is. Eventually, she reveals who she is and why she is there and takes him through various stages of emotion, eventually taking the audience by surprise and leading to a dramatic climax.

Leonard has written about a dozen full length plays and somewhat more one act plays. Some have won prizes: full length plays “Laramie, Equal Rights” and “Clara” won awards at the Shoreline Readers Theater, 2009 and 2010, in Washington State. “Road Rage” and “Apartment 4G” won in the 2010-2011Ink to Boards” One-Act Play Competition at Wildfire Arts.   Several plays have been produced locally in the Seattle, Washington and in New York are others have been read at writers’ workshops, and some at festivals.


St John’s school, TX, USA – 2018
Chapel Hill Thespians, NC, USA – 2019
The Little Theatre Cleadon, South Tyneside, UK – 2020

The author will allow workshopping of the play, subject to the right of refusal and he must be notified through us of any suggested modifications two weeks in advance. Read about playwright Leonard Goodisman

Author: Leonard Goodisman

Type: One 1 act play

Genre: Comedy, but can be played as a drama

Length:  Ten 10 minutes

Number of actors:  Two 2

Age of actors: Adult any age

Suitable for: All ages

Set: Simple, an office

Level of difficulty: 7/10 – maintaining tension and building to a climax

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Copyright February 2013 Leonard Goodisman Off The Wall Plays