Two old men sitting on a park bench ready to end it all or are they? “If I were smart I would be more than an old man on a bench,” quips Max who is dressed in two coats, three pairs of pants and everything he owns in this world. Max and Charlie, with his own troubles, talk of the past on a park bench in Central Park in December, 1963. They became friends at “the hotel” for down and out older men with no place else to go where they both live.
At My Age
“At my age you don’t buy things, you give things away,” says Charlie as he tells of a recently call from an Encyclopedia Britannica salesman. They discover they were both Macy’s Santa’s last Christmas. Their banter goes from playful to serious as they talk about the past and what comes next.
What if the best of Life Were Behind You?
What would you do if you had nothing to look forward to, if the best of life was behind you? What about the quality of life? It’s a story of isolation and friendship and what gives life meaning. What does come next? We discover that Max’s Dad had only one good ear, hence the name of the play, Whisper in My Good Ear.
Whisper in My Good Ear
Whisper in My Good Ear first played off Broadway in 1963 and has enjoyed success as a story of isolation and friendship. Patrick O’Brien, Max, also has an excellent solo show Underneath the Lintel playing at this year’s Indy Fringe. Lawrence Ripp, Charlie, is a 36 year veteran of Twin Cities Theater in Minnesota and excited to be at his first Indy Fringe.
They played Friday night to an almost full house. Five more opportunities to see the play this Fringe:
Saturday, August 15, 2015 – 6:00pm
Sunday, August 16, 2015 – 1:30pm
Tuesday, August 18, 2015 – 6:00pm
Saturday, August 22, 2015 – 10:30pm
Sunday, August 23, 2015 – 6:00pm