Sit Down And Eat Before Our Love Gets Cold
Music, Lyrics and, Book by Barbara Schottenfeld
SIT DOWN AND EAT BEFORE OUR LOVE GETS COLD is a funny and moving intimate three-character musical set in New York City, exploring the subjects of friendship, love, fear of intimacy and other complications of contemporary relationships. The show revolves around Abby, a songwriter, her best friend Sue, and Josh, the handsome lawyer who gravitates from one woman to the other, threatening their lifelong friendship.
The story begins in Sue’s dress shop where Abby vents to Sue about Abby’s ex-boyfriend Chip, who recently dumped her. Sue shares her own concerns about how distant Josh has been acting lately, and invites Abby to join them at their favorite cafe. By the time Abby arrives, Josh has broken up with Sue, and it quickly becomes clear that Josh has now set his sights on Abby, whom he follows out of the cafe. Despite their intense mutual attraction, Abby refuses to go out with him, out of loyalty to her friend.
However, later that week Abby finds an excuse to drop by Josh’s office, and by the time she leaves, they’ve made a date. Sue phones Abby and leaves a number of messages, but Abby doesn’t return her calls. After many days, Abby confesses she’s seeing Josh. Sue is devastated but pretends not to care.
Abby falls head over heels for Josh, becoming very dependent, which suddenly makes him retreat. She doesn’t hear from Josh for weeks, and braces herself for his formal break-up speech. However, Josh returns wanting to work things out. After a heated argument, Abby promises to be more independent and Josh resolves to be more emotionally available. They make plans to meet at Josh’s apartment, later that night.
Abby stops by Sue’s shop on the way to a song audition. They finally have it out, and a lifelong friendship hangs in the balance. But with so much at stake, the women acknowledge their friendship is too meaningful and too precious to lose.
The musical is through composed, comprised of book songs, musicalized scenes and comedic revue-style numbers that Abby is inspired to write, as the events of the story unfold.
Gary is approached by Tyler Toolman, who reprimands him for signing up for the talent show, and insists that he’ll never find an assistant. GARY is refused by the popular Cheryl Samatasinghar-Stein. Penelope offers to take the spot as his assistant. Gary politely declines. The next day, Gary receives bad news. According to the rule book, there can only be one magic act in the talent show. Since Tyler signed up first, Gary is disqualified. Tyler taunts Gary, forcing him to perform an illusion. Gary obliges, but unfortunately fails.
Back at home, Gary discovers that his father Mort was an amateur magician. Later that night, Gary is visited by the ghost of his father. Mort recommends that Gary finds himself an image by attempting Harry Houdini’s Chinese Water Torture Cell Illusion.
At the talent show Tyler performs his creepy act. He is interrupted by Penelope, who chases him off the stage, running him over with her wheelchair. Gary performs a few successful illusions, climaxing with the Chinese Water Torture Cell. However, it fails. Gary is revealed floating in the tank.
The scene shifts to limbo where Mort introduces Gary to famous magicians including Gary’s idol, Harry Houdini. Houdini lectures Gary to believe in himself. Gary awakens back in reality. Cheryl now having seen a different side to him attempts to seduce him. Gary sees through her scheme and rejects her. Gary makes Cheryl disappear in a puff of smoke, so he and Penelope can finally share a tender kiss.
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ABBY: A music teacher and aspiring songwriter in her early thirties. Witty, sexy, upbeat yet vulnerable.
SUE: ABBY'S best friend. Owner of an antique dress shop in early thirties. Pretty. devoted, sweet tempered but passionate.
JOSH: A Ralph-Nader-advocate-turned-Wall-Street-lawyer in his mid to late thirties. Handsome, virile, Ivy League, with a boyish charm.