The Comeuppance of Flame LaQuench


After three husbands and in spite of the dire warnings of her cousin and the Swamp Lady, headstrong Flame seems to be headed for her own death or (worse) comeuppance!

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  • Terryl Paiste
    3 men, 4 women (can be double cast; 1 man can play 3 roles)
    10 minute comedy

    About the play: Instead of following the advice of her proper cousin, Flame keeps marrying the wrong kind of man. After the demise of her three husbands, an Elvis-imitating truck driver who drowned, a scientist who was Turkish or maybe Armenian, and a penpal inmate serving twenty years, Flame returns home a rich, happy widow. Can you believe it? How irritating! It is enough to give Flame’s cousin a ladylike attack of the vapors.

    Now, instead of abandoning her foolish dream of winning the poetry-writing contest, even with a dire warning from the Swamp Lady, she keeps searching for a word that rhymes with ‘refrigerator’ to finish her poem. Flame seems to be headed for her own death or (even worse) comeuppance!

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    About the playwright: Terryl Paiste is the author of Another One of Louella’s Killer Ideas, The Revenge of Sacajawea, and Welcome to Acceptance in our popular book of short comedies, Seniors Acting Up.

    She has shamelessly borrowed characters and plot ideas from her Air Force enlistment, and even from her late husband’s stamp collecting expertise. Her comedies for senior actors have been seen off-off Broadway, at retirement communities around the United States, and even as far away as Russia. While managing an office talented writer-editors at the FDIC in Washington D.C., she earned an M.A. in English from the University of Maryland, won dozens of Toastmasters International humorous speaking awards, and helped establish “Playwrights Anonymous” for those caught in the vicious web of playwriting addiction.

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    Terryl Paiste



    Running Time

    10 Minute Play






    $15 per performance

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