JOHN DOBLE

Coffee House, Greenwich Village

Cast: 
2 M, 1 W

(previously titled Blind Date)

On a blind date in a coffee house, an ordinary man meets a beautiful femme fatale. A rude waiter appears and the woman gradually prods the man to confront his dark side.

Awards: 
  • Finalist, Best Play, Nantucket Short Play Festival, Nantucket, MA, 2013
  • Finalist, Best Play, Midtown International Theatre Festival, NYC, 2013 (in an evening of 3 one-acts)
  • Finalist, Best Play, Midwinter Madness Theatre Festival, NYC 2012
  • Finalist, Best Play, Manhattan Rep, NYC, 2012
Production History: 

LaBute New Theater Festival, 59E59 Theater, NYC, 2016
Directors: John Pierson and Milton Zoth
Jack: Mark Ryan Anderson
Pamela: Jenny Smith
Waiter: Justin Ivan Brown

Neil LaBute New Theater Festival, St. Louis Actors’ Studio, St. Louis, MO, 2014
Director: John Pierson
Jack: Nathan Bush
Pamela: Emily Schwetye
Waiter: Paul Cereghino

Drip Action Theatre Arundel Trail Festival, Arundel, UK, 2014
Director: Sue Goble
Jack
Pamela
Waiter: Geoff Goble

Nantucket Short Play Festival, Nantucket, MA, 2013 (Staged Reading)

Midwinter Madness Theatre Festival, NYC 2012
Director: Olivia Harris
Jack: Nicholas J. Pearson
Pamela: Elizabeth Dilley
Waiter: Alex Engquist

Manhattan Rep Winter One-Act Festival, NYC, 2012
Director: Olivia Harris
Jack: Nicholas J. Pearson
Pamela: Elizabeth Dilley
Waiter: Alex Engquist

Samuel French Off Off Broadway Original Short Play Festival, New York City, 2004
Director:
Jack: Bill Connington
Pamela: Jill Simon
Waiter: Tim Gallager

Selected for The Last Frontier Theater Conference, Valdez, AK, 2005

Reviews & Press

The playwright has woven a web of dialogue in which the characters appear by turns to fiercely dominate and then submit to one another through light, impersonal small-talk…a story of Hitchcockian scope.

Sloan Rollins, EDGE New York

"Coffee House, Greenwich Village," by John Doble, opens the second part of the festival. It is an engaging, jarring play with a quite unexpected ending.

Tina Farmer, Station KDHX, St. Louis

Coffee House, Greenwich Village with that as its setting is John Doble’s uproarious black comedy reminiscent of the sensibilities of Elaine May, Jules Feiffer and Christopher Durang.  

Darryl Reilly, TheaterScene.net

Coffee House, Greenwich Village, by John Doble, unravels a tale of intricately complex characters, à la Bonnie and Clyde. 

Sophia Romma, Theater Pizzazz