Coming from the World of Screenwriting, it proves difficult for me to discern the usage of parentheticals from the usage of stage directions in a play I'm writing. I need to know which is for what and when is it appropriate to use.
We are on the greenery of a park where a brisk, bright, windy afternoon greets each of the following people sitting at the chairs:
Enter Stage Left a female jogger, thirty-two, who has her chihuahua wrapped up in matching exercise clothing, tempts the dog into whimpering with some raw salmon.
Who's a cutie pie? Who's a cutie pie? Sit, girl.
(The dog sits.)
(The dog jumps. The female jogger lifts the dog in her hands.)
Kick your heels!
(She wiggles the dog in a way that allows the dog to clasp her paws.)
Good girl! Good girl! Here's your treat!
(Enter Stage Right a business woman, also in her early 30s, carrying a messenger bag, Starbucks mocha latte and Chanel sunglasses. She seems to be contesting back-and-forth on an important phone call.
(on the phone)
No, no, no… I told you, Marissa, the realtor is supposed to owe us five grand. You make her… you make him--listen to me!… I know that we're late for that but what can I do, I'm at work. I'll call you later, okay? Yeah, whatever… Alright, alright, "love" you too!… Bye, Mom.
(disgruntled, the Business woman sits like a prissy kindergartner and opens her laptop. She starts to sip her coffee but near drops it at how hot it is.)