Crisis in Six Scenes is a comedy that takes place in the 1960's during turbulent times in the United States and a middle class suburban family is visited by a guest who turns their household completely upside down.
In the hustle and bustle of 1950s Coney Island, where the buzzing crowd comes and goes trudging slowly over the wooden boardwalks, silent stories of the everyday toilers who give life to the attraction unfold. Somewhere in a clam bar, there's the sad waitress Ginny, a one-time actress and now a suffering wife who's been given a second chance by the side of the well-intentioned but uncouth carousel operator, Humpty. On the other hand, there's Humpty's 26-year-old estranged daughter, Carolina, who left the familial nest and a preordained future seeking adventure as a mobster's wife; only to return home with her wings broken, begging for forgiveness. And from the lifeguard's high tower, where all is in plain sight, the young and charming lifesaver and hopeful playwright, Mickey, is the inadvertent but potent catalyst that binds everything together. Shattered dreams, reckless love and betrayal, all under the bright lights of Coney Island.Written by
Casting director Patricia DiCerto suggested Juno Temple for the role of Carolina. Woody Allen agreed after watching a tape of one of her performances. See more »
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Coney Island, 1950's. The beach, the boardwalk. Once a luminous jewel, but growing relentlessly seedier as the tides roll in and out. Summers I work here on Bay 7. Comes the fall, I'm a student at New York University going for my Master's in European drama. I'm Mickey Rubin. Poetic by nature. I harbor dreams of being a writer. A writer of truly great plays, so I can one day surprise everyone and turn out a profound masterpiece.
[to the camera]
Anyhow. Let me get to the ...
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Coney Island Washboard
Composed by Hampton Durand, Ned Kennedy, Claude Shugat & Harold Leroy Whitacre
Performed by The Mills Brothers
Courtesy of Columbia Records
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I won't regale you with the plot - too many reviewers have accomplished that already with massive grace and style. I will say the story itself has a wonderful premise. The acting was superb and I was quite enjoying the interactions and complexities.
But, that being said, this ending was a bit too much for me and was so disappointing that it made the rest of the story....forgettable. I cannot get the ending out of my head.
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