Coffee House, Greenwich Village

2 M, 1 W

(previously titled Blind Date)

On a blind date in a coffee house, an ordinary man meets a beautiful femme fatale. A rude waiter appears and the woman gradually prods the man to confront his dark side.

The St. Louis Actors’ Studio brought the best plays from the annual LaBute New Theater Festival to 59E59 Theatre in NYC, January 13 to February 7. John Doble’s one-act play, Coffee House, Greenwich Village was included in an evening of 6 one-act plays that included a new play by Neil LaBute.

  • Finalist, Best Play, Nantucket Short Play Festival, Nantucket, MA, 2013
  • Finalist, Best Play, Midtown International Theatre Festival, NYC, 2013
  • Finalist, Best Play, Midwinter Madness Theatre Festival, NYC 2012
  • Finalist, Best Play, Manhattan Rep, NYC, 2012
Production History: 

Off Broadway LaBute New Theater Festival, 59E59 Theater, NYC, 2016

Neil LaBute New Theater Festival, St. Louis Actors’ Studio, St. Louis, MO, 2014

Drip Action Theatre Arundel Trail Festival, Arundel, UK, 2014

Nantucket Short Play Festival, Nantucket, MA, 2013

Midwinter Madness Theatre Festival, NYC, 2012

Manhattan Rep Winter One-Act Festival, NYC, 2012

Samuel French Off Off Broadway Original Short Play Festival, NYC, 2004

Selected for The Last Frontier Theater Conference, Valdez, AK, 2005

Reviews & Press

The playwright has woven a web of dialogue in which the characters appear by turns to fiercely dominate and then submit to one another through light, impersonal small-talk…a story of Hitchcockian scope.

Sloan Rollins, EDGE New York

"Coffee House, Greenwich Village," by John Doble, opens the second part of the festival. It is an engaging, jarring play with a quite unexpected ending.

Tina Farmer, Station KDHX, St. Louis

Coffee House, Greenwich Village with that as its setting is John Doble’s uproarious black comedy reminiscent of the sensibilities of Elaine May, Jules Feiffer and Christopher Durang.  

Darryl Reilly,

Coffee House, Greenwich Village, by John Doble, unravels a tale of intricately complex characters, à la Bonnie and Clyde. 

Sophia Romma, Theater Pizzazz