The Dreamer Examines His Pillow
The first scene of the play is a conversation between two lovers, Tommy and Donna. They have been separated for some time, but are obviously still attracted to each other. Donna is enraged, because Tommy, a would-be artist, is now having an affair with her younger sister. Tommy, stretched out on his recliner (which, apart from a refrigerator full of beer, comprises the entire furnishings of his spartan apartment), is seemingly unmoved by her harangue. In the second scene, Donna visits her father, a once successful artist. He stopped painting at the death of his wife, whom he had bullied and betrayed, despite his professed love for her. Combative and complex (but also very funny), the father sits and drinks and eventually gives in to his daughter's demand that he force Tommy to marry her or beat him up. Then, in the third and final scene, the father and Tommy confront each other. That results in a lively discussion about art and women, eventually leading to a sort of tenuous truce—and a grudging recognition of the responsibility that love, in its various guises, imposes.
Directed by Lauren Patrice Nadler
Written by John Patrick Shanley
Theater 68 in Hollywood
Starring: Kim Hamilton, Alvaro Orlando and James Distefano