This is a one act play with a husband and a wife, after dinner.
Husband: I’ve finished, darling.
Wife: What do you mean by that, Tom?
Husband: I mean, I’ve finished eating dinner, Jane.
Wife: And I should do the dishes. Is that what you mean?
Husband: I’d love to help, dear, but don’t forget that it’s Thursday night…
Husband: And I do the dishes only on weekends.
Husband: A change? You do them 4 days a week and I’ll do them the other 3? Would that make you feel better?
Wife: No, a real change, Tom. A real one.
Husband: You do them on weekends and I’ll take the weekdays?!
Husband: You’re challenging my authority in the family, Jane. It’s me who
makes the rules.
makes the rules.
Wife: No darling, just a little change and there will be no tedious dish washing at all.
Husband: Are you asking me to take over the task of a woman?
Wife: No, darling, I am suggesting that we can by a dish washer, Tom. I’ve been asking you for one ever since the day we got married.
Husband: So you know the answer.
Wife: But I also want to know the reason.
Husband: Because it’s too expensive. We can’t afford it.
Wife: What! We can’t afford a dish washer which costs 300 bucks?
Husband: But it isn’t worth the price, Jane. You know those machines always do a bad job. We wash our dishes better then any dishwasher.
Wife: I am bored by the dreadful time spent washing dishes! It’s a waste of time!
Wife: Talk with you.
Husband: Which means I will lose 30 minutes’ time of my own.
Wife: (Silence) That’s why you don’t want a dishwasher, Tom? You hate listening to me!
Husband: You said it, dear, not me.
Wife: Do you know how much time I have spent on this family? I make your breakfast, feed your dog, wash your dirty clothes, make the dinner and wash your gravy-covered dish, and you don’t have the least mercy for your pathetic wife?
Husband: Sounds bad eh?
Husband: But think about me, Jane. It has been a luxury for me to have half an hour of my own after a hard day’s work. Am I asking too much?
Wife: Don’t you see I am comforting you and feel the pressure on you, and…
Husband: (shaking the wife’s shoulders) You are right, Jane. Our life needs a change.
Wife: A change? What kind of…? You mean, we’ll wash the dishes together from now on?
Husband: A real change, Jane. A real one.
Wife: Do you want to take over the washing?
Husband: No! Let’s make a deal. We will buy a dishwasher, and we will both have half an hour of free time, meaning that in that half hour you won’t try to bother me.
Wife: Bother you?
Husband: Or comfort me?
Wife: No way! That’s my answer, you selfish man! I’d rather do the dishes myself.
Husband: As you like, my dear.
Wife: But don’t forget tomorrow, Friday, it will be your turn to do them!