The Model Apartment
Having retired to Florida, Max and Lola, two elderly Holocaust survivors, are dismayed to find that their new condo is not yet ready for occupancy and that they are obliged to stay temporarily in a "model apartment" --a tacky, gaudily decorated horror with a fake television set and refrigerator where even the ashtrays are cemented in place. Max and Lola had hoped to escape not only the nagging memories of their earlier lives, and the terrors of present-day Brooklyn, but also their fat, schizophrenic daughter, Debby, whom they had tried to "pay off" with generous amounts of cash before their hasty departure. But Debby, who seems to symbolize for them the awfulness of their past and their failures in the present, soon appears, followed in short order by her boyfriend, Neil, a slightly retarded black teenager whose limited sensibilities have been further numbed by the grinding horrors of the urban ghetto. Sometimes moving (as when Max, dreaming, imagines Debby as the lovely, innocent daughter he lost to the Nazis) or darkly comic (as when Max and Lola gingerly query Neil about how he and their daughter first met) the many short scenes coalesce smoothly into an affecting, if sometimes disquieting, whole, which makes it chillingly evident that those who are unable to confront and overcome the demons of their past are doomed to be forever haunted by them.
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|Total Characters: ||4|
|Male Characters: ||2|
|Female Characters: ||2|
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|Publisher: ||Dramatists Play Service|
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