Diana and Laura at a bowling alley. They throw the balls off stage left.
LAURA jumps up and down, just having gotten a spare.
LAURA: Spare! (She does an obnoxious victory dance.) Write that down.
DIANA: (she does) Ok, a spare for Laura. Why don’t they have the computers?
LAURA: It adds to the charm. It’s like, retro.
DIANA: It’s kind of annoying. I hate doing math.
LAURA: Just use your phone. (beat) It’s your turn.
DIANA: You know I’m not good at bowling. Don’t ruin the fun by being overly critical.
LAURA: Okay, okay–I promise.
DIANA awkwardly throws her bowling ball. We hear the sound of two pins going down offstage.
LAURA: See?! You got two!
DIANA laughs, goes again. One more pin falls.
LAURA: (Feigned enthusiasm) Three! Three pins! (beat) Can I ask you a question about how you’re holding the ball? It’s not a critique, I swear.
DIANA: What is it?
LAURA: Which fingers are you putting in the holes?
DIANA: These two. (She lifts up her pointer and middle finger, like a backwards peace sign.)
LAURA: (Trying not to be too critical.) Who taught you to hold the ball like that?
DIANA: No one really taught me, we just kind of messed around in gym class for a month in middle school, that is the extent of my bowling education. Why?
LAURA: Well, if you’d be open to a suggestion, most people use their pointer finger and their ring finger. That leaves the middle finger to sort of guide the ball.
DIANA: Huh. I never knew.
LAURA: You could try it, see if you liked it better?
DIANA: Yeah, I think I will. On my next turn.
LAURA: You should go again.
DIANA: But it’s your turn. Won’t that screw up the scorecard?
LAURA: (shrugging) It’s supposed to be fun, right?
DIANA: (beat. She smiles broadly) Ok, new game. I am totally going to kick your ass now that I know how to hold the ball!
LAURA: (playful) Those are fighting words.
DIANA: Think you can take me?
LAURA: I think I’m up to the challenge. (grins)
DIANA rips up the old score card, giving LAURA a new one to keep score on. She gets up to bowl again. We hear all the pins fall.
DIANA: A strike! I finally got a strike! I’ve never gotten a strike before in my life!
They both celebrate her victory.
End of play.