“You Know I Can’t Hear You When The Water’s Running” is a collection of four unrelated one-act comedies:
Act-I-In “The Shock of Recognition,” playwright Jack Barnstable auditions Richard Pawling for a role that requires nudity and discovers the overeager actor is more than willing to show his stuff.
Act-II-“The Footsteps of Doves” focuses on Harriet and George, a married couple shopping for twin beds after many years of marriage. George, who is opposed to the change, strikes up a conversation with Jill, a considerably younger fellow shopper who shares George’s view.
Act-III- In “I’ll be Home For Christmas,” Chuck and Edith realize how empty their marriage has become as they await the arrival of their adult children.
Act-IV-“I’m Herbert” is a scattered conversation between Herbert and Muriel, an elderly couple with memory problems who try in vain to recall their earlier relationships.
Author: Robert Anderson
You Know I Can’t Hear You… Preview (Curtain Calls 7.6 March 2012, p 3)
“You Know I Can’t Hear You When The Water’s Running” was first presented at Community Players in 1969. The 2012 outing of the four one acts was a lab production scheduled to run only one weekend. The purpose was to give people who had never directed at Players before (but had expressed an interest in directing) the opportunity to direct a one act play.