The Critic

A comedy by Charles Robertson

Free one act play

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Masterpiece or Empty Frame?

The Artist, The Critic, and the Public

The Pompous Critic
The Starving artist
Two seniors lost in the gallery

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I guess I should talk about my painting,
after all, you don't want to hear about me,
my personal… well, you know… I started painting this, a while ago
months and I think I had a case of painter's block,
because nothing would come into my head.
The canvas was empty.
I had this show…
Weeks were turning into days…
Then one day…
Now it would be a lie to say that I stood in front of my canvas all that time.
Mainly what I did was watch tv. Shows, and do crossword puzzles,
and do everything but actually paint this stupid picture.
So, I did this painting this morning.
There's nothing like a deadline to prompt one to work.
Anyway, without further ado…
Here it is — My picture
I'll just stick it up over here… Like this…
The art critic; was he here?
What did he talk about?
Does anybody mind if I grabbed something to eat?

The Critic

Move over Rembrandt

This artist has been framed



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