ALMOST LIKE BEING

First presented in an Open Theatre production at Playwright’s Unit, Vandam Theatre, NYC, February 1964, directed by Joseph Chaikin, with Sharon Gans, Joyce Aaron, and Paul Boesing. One of the pair of van Itallie’s "Doris Day" plays. Also produced in the sixties on NY Channel 13 (with Alan Alda) and Canadian Television.

FROM REVIEWS OF ALMOST LIKE BEING

“Artaud would have loved these two plays.” Anais Nin

EXCERPT

ROCK: Hey! Elevator!! Hold it!!!

(He rushes to the elevator and reaches it just in time to hold the door open and squeeze in scrunched nose to nose with –)

ROCK: Oh. Hi.

DORIS: Hello, Just Rock.

ROCK: Almost didn’t make it.

DORIS (putting on her sexy expression): Mmmmmmmmmmmm.

ROCK: Kind of crowded in here.

DORIS (still with sexy face): Mmmmmmmmmmmm.

Rock: Am I crowding you?

DORIS (with her "proper" face): No, I’m fine.

ROCK: I could maybe move my arm down a little this way.

DORIS (with her "extremely proper" face): Don’t bother, Mr. Rock.

ROCK: Just Rock.

DORIS (with her "relenting" face): Okay, Just Rock.

ROCK: Gee, I’ve never been so glad the studios are sixty-five floors up.

DORIS (her coy face): Oh, and why’s that, Rock?

ROCK: Well, it gives me a chance to talk to a star.

DORIS (her simple face): Oh, Rock, I’m not a star. Sarah Bernhardt, now that’s a star. I’m really nothing but a television, radio, theatre and motion picture actress doing her best. And really underneath, well, I’m just the girl from DuBuque....

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Published in War and Four Other Plays by Jean-Claude van Itallie, Dramatists Play Service, (acting edition), and in 1978 (out of print) America Hurrah and Other Plays (Grove Press).