Without giving too much away, because you really should read Triptych for yourself, each of the plays has a highly imaginative setting. Two of them involve only two characters, and the third three characters. And all three plays are riveting. Here’s why.
First of all, there are no complicated stage directions. Characters enter and exit. Scenes begin and end. That’s it. So what’s left is the dialogue – between two characters usually, three at the most – and what cracking dialogue it is. I used to think that the short story form pared everything down to the minimum, but these plays, man, they’re, like, naked. And with only the dialogue to focus on, there’s an intensity in the interactions that I’ve rarely experienced even in a short story. Just as important, the settings, the characters and what they said to each other stayed with me long after I read the plays.
So why don’t you give Triptych a go? As for me, I’d like to emulate Cally’s style of playwriting. I’m off now to think about the scenario for my first play. How about two tramps with bowler hats waiting on a country road by a tree for another character to appear? Oh, shit, I think someone already did that!