Between Riverside and Crazy - Act 1, Scene 1, Part 1 Summary & Analysis

Stephen Adly Guirgis
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Summary

At the beginning of the script, stage descriptions outline the somewhat decrepit, definitely faded glories of Pops’ rent-controlled apartment on Riverside Drive in New York City. As the play begins, stage directions indicate that “Pops … sits in his deceased wife’s old wheelchair” and that as he eats some pie, “the fork is polished silver and his plate and teacup are fine china”. He is also drinking both whisky and tea.

As Pops tries to concentrate on his pie, he is interrupted by Oswaldo, who calls Pops “Dad” even though they’re not really related and even though his “caseworker” says that Pops probably finds it annoying. Oswaldo also talks about having changed his diet to something healthier on the advice of his “caseworker over at the place”, and says that in the past, he had eaten badly as substitute comfort for...

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