Three Seconds in the Key

Three Seconds in the Key
by Deb Margolin

Productions (4)
  • Drama
  • 90 - 105 minutes
  • 1 f, 6 m
  • Content Notes: Adult language
  • Set: Small living area with couch or loveseat, end table, and lamp; a wood-floor basketball court around the living area.

Three Seconds in the Key
by Deb Margolin

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Productions (4)
  • Drama
  • 90 - 105 minutes
  • 1 f, 6 m
  • Content Notes: Adult language
  • Set: Small living area with couch or loveseat, end table, and lamp; a wood-floor basketball court around the living area.

A woman and her son cope with the mother's serious illness by watching basketball, borrowing the physicality of these strong, healthy men in the absence of mother's health and son's maturity. During the course of their obsession with the team, one of the players comes out of the ecology of the television and into the woman's living room, cajoling her back into her body, from which she has been living in exile. Filial love, mortality, the beauty of the body, and the collapsible boundary between Blacks and Jews are all raised by the woman's struggle to come to terms with her son's favorite basketball player having stepped into her life, and with her own ambivalence about the beauty of life in the face of her mortality.

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Play Details

A woman and her son cope with the mother's serious illness by watching basketball, borrowing the physicality of these strong, healthy men in the absence of mother's health and son's maturity. During the course of their obsession with the team, one of the players comes out of the ecology of the television and into the woman's living room, cajoling her back into her body, from which she has been living in exile. Filial love, mortality, the beauty of the body, and the collapsible boundary between Blacks and Jews are all raised by the woman's struggle to come to terms with her son's favorite basketball player having stepped into her life, and with her own ambivalence about the beauty of life in the face of her mortality.

  • Drama
  • 90 - 105 minutes
  • 1 f, 6 m
  • Content Notes: Adult language
  • Set: Small living area with couch or loveseat, end table, and lamp; a wood-floor basketball court around the living area.

Published Reviews

"From the first words of Three Seconds in the Key, the playwright Deb Margolin creates a spell... Every minute and every move count... A fiercely good play."

Margo Jefferson, The New York Times

"Three Seconds in the Key works -- as comedy, as thoughtful drama and as an impressive demonstration of Ms. Margolin's nimble use of language."

Anita Gates, The New York Times

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JAN 10, 2007 - FEB 17, 2007
San Francisco Playhouse
San Francisco, CA United States
San Francisco Playhouse San Francisco, CA United States
APR 14, 2004 - MAY 08, 2004
New Georges
New York, NY United States
New Georges New York, NY United States
APR 01, 2003 - APR 30, 2003
Joseph Papp Public Theater (staged reading)
New York, NY United States
Joseph Papp Public Theater (staged reading) New York, NY United States
FEB 01, 2001 - FEB 28, 2001
Performance Space 122 (workshop)
New York, NY United States
Performance Space 122 (workshop) New York, NY United States
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Production Group
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JAN 10, 2007 - FEB 17, 2007
San Francisco Playhouse
San Francisco, CA United States
San Francisco Playhouse San Francisco, CA United States
APR 14, 2004 - MAY 08, 2004
New Georges
New York, NY United States
New Georges New York, NY United States

Awards (1)

Kesselring Prize winner (2005)