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The two characters Ben and Gus in Harold Pinter's The Dumb Waiter

A two-hander is a term for a play, film, or television programme with only two main characters.[1] The two characters in question often display differences in social standing or experiences, differences that are explored and possibly overcome as the story unfolds.[2][3] Instances of two-handers may include theatre, film, television episodes, television series, and radio.




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  2. ^ Wolcott, James (6 September 2010). "Crouching Duck, Hidden Draper: Mad Men Season 4, Episode 7". Vanity Fair. Retrieved 7 September 2010.
  3. ^ a b Caption for still from William Gibson’s play "Two for the Seesaw." Photo credit Arthur Cantor; from "Looking Back at Arthur Penn" slide show; The New York Times, September 30, 2010. Retrieved 2010-10-04.
  4. ^ "A Walk in the Woods". Playbill. 1988.
  5. ^ Stasio, Marilyn (30 September 2009). "Vigil".
  6. ^ Gardner, Lyn (20 October 2009). "It Felt Empty When the Heart Went at First But It Is Alright Now - Theatre review". the Guardian.
  7. ^ "it felt empty when the heart went at first but it is alright now - Drama Online".
  8. ^ "Lucy Kirkwood interview: 'I worry a lot about the things I write'". 23 July 2013.
  9. ^ "What's On: Between the Sheets", Nightwood Theatre
  10. ^ "Dramatists Play Service, Inc".
  11. ^ "Here's what everybody had to say about Fair City's explosive episode". 20 April 2017.