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By Bryden MacDonald

Welcome to the small city of Tartan pass, Nova Scotia, the place skeletons rattle in closets and earlier histories are so intertwined that the lives of 4 fortysomething, eccentric characters became so advanced that anything must switch. within the comedy, Odd Ducks, award-winning playwright Bryden MacDonald positions his 4 characters on the breaking point of existential angst – and the motion unfolds from there.

At the centre of the drama is Ambrose Archibald, an irredeemable reprobate and the kind of man who rants philosophically on the bar whereas mooching beer from his buddies. He’s a narcissist who thinks he’s God’s reward to ladies. And he’s having an affair with the fascinating and gorgeous Mandy Menzies, who was once the highschool good looks queen yet is now caught in a wedding of comfort and a lifetime of boredom. Her housekeeper, Estelle Carmichael, has noticeable all of it, yet her prickly external belies a loving middle. The dryly humorous Freddy Durdle is the best counter-
balance to over-the-top Ambrose.

All 4 oddballs appear caught of their lives, yet searing sarcasm relieves the boredom and loopy, daily dramas reduction their fight to maneuver on and continue issues light

Cast of two girls and a pair of men.

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A hundred and five ESTELLE A fog is rolling in. MANDY i love the fog. ESTELLE i love the fog too. From this aspect on we witness the gals within the backyard and the men on the bizarre Duck Pub whilst. AMBROSE sits on the bar. FREDDY joins him with pints. a clumsy silence among MANDY and ESTELLE. FREDDY So how was once that? Coming fresh – type of. difficult crowd. AMBROSE It’s tricky attempting to be somebody you're thinking that you need to be. FREDDY we're who we're. AMBROSE Oh this mortal coil. swap. alterations. yet is a replaced guy relatively replaced or simply – altered? 106 Clarity: the sweetness and the chance. you recognize what I suggest? FREDDY probably not. MANDY I should still fairly get going. ESTELLE You’ve been ingesting. MANDY I’m a really anxious motive force. The roads are a more secure position if I’ve had a number of cocktails. ESTELLE You’re welcome to stick. Silence. They stare upon one another. MANDY exits. AMBROSE i admire you blood brother. Dejected ESTELLE tidies up. AMBROSE maintains. i admire you simply because I now love myself. I’m extra in love with me than I ever used to be. 107 Love thyself sooner than thy will be enjoyed – correct? It’s a troublesome lesson. yet one i believe I already knew. i like myself and I’m now not ashamed to confess it so now i will love you. MANDY comes again to the backyard. MANDY Estelle? AMBROSE i believe you recognize what I’m attempting to say. ESTELLE sure? FREDDY You’ve exhausted the feminine inhabitants so you’re trying to change groups? MANDY I’m feeling a bit frightened. AMBROSE Freddy – i like you. ESTELLE Me too. 108 MANDY strikes towards ESTELLE. AMBROSE is with reference to tears. AMBROSE i like you. Oh gawd – i think like a infant child. Freddy – FREDDY Ambrose – I’m now not trying to find something too severe at once. Silence. AMBROSE What? MANDY What am I doing? FREDDY It’s now not me – it’s you! MANDY throws herself into ESTELLE’s fingers. They neck. AMBROSE You heartless prick! 109 MUSIC “One manner or one other” via Blondie. AMBROSE jumps FREDDY and punches him. FREDDY punches again. they try. the ladies make out passionately: outfits start to fall away. the men roll round beating the snot out of one another: outfits get ripped. the top a hundred and ten ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS thanks to the Nova Scotia division of groups, tradition, and background and the Canada Council for the humanities; to Mary Lou Martin and the Chester Playhouse; to Christian, Joanne, Samantha, and Brian; to Emma Tibaldo and Lois Brown at Playwrights’ Workshop Montreal; the opposite actors who helped with this play’s improvement: John Beale, Matthew Lumley, Danette Mackay, Stéfanie Buxton, Marcel Jeannin, and Chip Chuipka. thanks additionally to my agent Catherine Knights, Hugo Dann, Wade Carroll, Hal Tatlidil, and the Stratford competition. thank you additionally to Kevin Williams and everybody at Talonbooks. Bryden MacDonald is a playwright, director, dramaturge, and instructor. His released performs are Whale using climate, The Weekend Healer, Divinity Bash / 9 lives, With Bated Breath, and abnormal geese, and he's at paintings on a brand new play, Resolutions for the top of Time. He created and directed theatrical interpretations of the phrases and song of Leonard Cohen (The mild will get In), Carol Pope and tough exchange (Shaking the Foundations), and Joni Mitchell (When the entire Slaves Are Free).

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