The setting is the 1980's in Ken and Jan's apartment in a Manhattan high rise, where Jan and her friend Lois are setting up for a dinner party before attending a block association meeting on neighborhood crime—a subject that has become an obsession with Lois' husband, Al. In fact, just to show how vulnerable they all are, Al breaks into the apartment via the terrace. For this, and other offenses, there is a growing antagonism between Al and Ken, and as dinner progresses so do the insults—culminating in disaster The problem then becomes what to do to fix the situation, a dilemma which is compounded when a security guard arrives at the door. Before the evening is over our concerned citizens find themselves turned into expert, if accidental, criminals. Filled with witty dialogue and hilarious one-liners, the play manages to maintain a farcical unreality while demonstrating that things usually do get worse before they get better—and that the vaunted dangers of street crime can pale beside the outrageous mayhem that can ensue when four "good friends" get together for a quiet dinner.
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