The Scene (play)

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The Scene is a black comedy written by Theresa Rebeck which was first performed in 2006.

Plot summary[edit]

The characters in the play are show business people in Manhattan; the unemployed Charlie, his successful wife Stella, and his friend Lewis. Enter Clea from Ohio, who presents as a pretty but dumb, seemingly naive newcomer to the scene. First dating Lewis, she soon moves to Charlie. His wife catches them in the act, and Charlie is unable to clear the situation. He loses his wife - Lewis is happy to console her - Clea drops him and moves on, and all he has left is his bottle and his misery.


The world premiere of the play was in 2006 at the Humana Festival of New American Plays at the Actors Theatre of Louisville; it was directed by Rebecca Taichman. The play subsequently went to off-Broadway where it was well received[1] and beyond.


  1. ^ Charles Isherwood (2007-01-12). "All About Ego, Showbiz and a Little Black Dress.". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-03-06.