“Line” is a 1967 one-act play by American playwright Israel Horovitz. It is an absurdist drama about 5 people waiting in line for an unnamed, upcoming event. Each of the characters uses their tricks in an attempt to be first in line, getting more and more vicious as the play continues.
Five people, five life stories, individual failures, vulnerabilities and a queue where the losers of life sit, where nothing happens, even though EVERYTHING happens.
One by one a group of unacquainted people come together to form a line for some unnamed, upcoming event. The first to arrive is a bulky, beer-drinking, sweat-shirted; then an alienated, voluble, Mozart loving youth; a taciturn type who brings his own folding stool; and, finally, a shapely, promiscuous girl and her spineless husband.
Gradually inexorably, the struggle for first place begins, and as they lie, cheat, wrestle and push to gain the lead spot an extraordinary panorama of human frailty is made explosively and hilariously real. As, in the end, are the deviousness, the competitiveness and the pettiness of the small, wasting battles with which we litter our lives.