"Sadie" and "Evelyn" are two Jewish senior citizens who reside in a condominium complex in Florida. Their daily poolside pow-wows are interrupted when Sadie is suddenly visited by "Lila", her estranged daughter. Lila eventually confesses to her mother that she is ill, which prompts her to reveal a secret she has been keeping for the past couple of years about her "perfect" brother "Daniel". Sadie's world, however, is based in fantasy and denial. She refuses to process the truth about her family, making up ideal scenarios about them instead. Meanwhile, Evelyn finds herself all alone and fending off the congenial "Jimmy O'Gara", a fellow resident and ardent suitor, whom she obstinately rejects on religious principles. Although Evelyn is repeatedly cold towards him, Jimmy is not deterred and he desperately tries to find a connection with her. Ultimately, the characters must open their hearts, and come to terms with the truth, or else they risk living the remainder of their lives in loneliness and despair. Winner of the Do Gooder International Script Competition, ROBIN ROTHSTEIN's seriocomedy On Deaf Ears enjoyed a limited engagement Off-Broadway run in the 1996-97 season.
(2 males: ages 70, 30; 4 females: ages 70s (2), 30s (2))

"The Work of a Promising Playwright"--The New York Times

"Rothstein's Comedy Looks Loneliness and Despair In the Face, Stares It Down Unblinkingly, and Gives Us Several Laughs Along the Way...Priceless"--Resident Publications