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Quote StaceySue Replybullet Topic: I'm back, and I'm looking for a farce
    Posted: 4/13/12 at 11:27pm
I'm a high school director, and I have been thinking about shows for next fall. I would like to do a farce suitable for high school, so no f-bombs, please.  You guys always put me on the path that ultimately leads to my show, so I thought I would ask again.

I am open to other ideas, too.  I don't think I'm ready for a musical this year.  Funny and heartwarming would also work.

I'd like to keep the cast at 10 or fewer, but I could be persuaded to do a little larger with the right play.

We've done Faith County, A Bad Year for Tomatoes, The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon--one act, Christmas one-acts by Don Zolidis, and Almost, Maine.  We did Almost, Maine last year, and it was well-liked by the audience.  The kids enjoyed the mood of the play, if that makes sense.

I just thought I would ask for some input.  Thanks, you guys teach me so much!
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Quote edh915 Replybullet Posted: 4/14/12 at 12:44pm
Super old fashioned farce (early 1900's):
"Charley's Aunt" (7m, 4w), by Brandon Thomas - Samuel French
College chums want to spend an afternoon with their girlfriends, but they need a chaperon. They persuade another guy to pretend to be his "Aunt" from Brazil "where the nuts come from". Needless to say, complications arise.

Old fashioned farce (1940's):
"See How They Run" (6m, 3w), by Philip King - Samuel French
"Galloping in and out of the four doors of an English Vicarage are an American actor and actress, a cockney maid who has seen too many American movies, an old maid who "touches alcohol for the first time in her life", and four men in clergyman's suits - one of whom (which one!?!!) is an escaped prisoner."

Modern farce:
"Love, Sex, and the IRS" (5m, 3w), by William Van Zandt & Jane Milmore - Samuel French
Two guys, Jon and Leslie, are roommates. Jon does the bookkeeping. In order to save money, he has filed their income tax as "Married, Filing Jointly" with Leslie listed as Jon's wife. The IRS comes to inspect the happy "couple" (Leslie donning a "not-very-flattering" wig and dress) on the same afternoon that a mother, a fiancee, an ex-girlfriend, a nosy landlord  and a suspicious clergyman all show up - each pursuing their own agenda.


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Quote edh915 Replybullet Posted: 4/14/12 at 12:55pm
One more thought:
"Boeing, Boeing" (1960's):
Handsome playboy has three or four girlfriends - all flight attendants on different airlines. He's got their flight schedules memorized so there's no overlap in their "off" time. Then the airlines transition to jetliners instead of old fashioned prop planes, the schedules begin to overlap, and (as the TV Guide listing might say) "hilarity ensues."
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Quote edh915 Replybullet Posted: 4/14/12 at 7:01pm
Funny and Heartwarming:
"Somewhere In Between" by Craig Pospisil - Dramatists Play Service

Written for 3m, 3w with plenty of doubling.
I did it with 6m, 4w and a little doubling.

Romance in the big city in ten scenes, with two people maybe finding their other half. Flexible set. Several episodes leading to the happy ending. Stuck in the Elevator with a manic nut. Coffee room talk about how to find a date. Picking up a girl in the bookstore. Riding the subway in NYC. Meeting at a party. The first date. The homeless guy at the bus stop in the rain. Misunderstandings and complications. Resolution. --- Great set pieces for "characters". Sharp and funny. Similar in mood and texture to "Almost, Maine".


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Quote Dramagurl214 Replybullet Posted: 4/14/12 at 11:21pm
Happy Birthday Dear Grandpa by Michal Jacot (Eldridge), it's about these three grand kids that live with their grandpa. Their grandpa is always telling their neighbors the three are trying to kill him for their in inheritance. (62 dollars and a postercard collection). At the b-day party grandpa falls face flat into the cake and the three realize it looks like murder, so they go through all this trouble to keep a nosy detective away from their apartment. my theatre's considering it right now along with

the Fruitcake by Dwayne. Yancy(Brooklyn/Heuer Publishing). That one was about a nutty family. That's how I perfectly describe that one. The cast for both are at max is 9

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Quote donzolidis Replybullet Posted: 4/14/12 at 11:36pm

A new play of mine, "The Bold, The Young, and the Murdered" might fit your program. Here's the blurb:

"The long-running soap opera The Bold and the Young is in its last days: its hunky hero has self-esteem issues, its villainous old man is more interested in soup, and its heroines are slightly psychopathic. The executive producer gives the squabbling cast an ultimatum: Complete one episode overnight or the show dies. But when the director ends up murdered, and other cast members start dropping like flies, it seems like his threat might actually come true. Can these misfits discover the murderer before the show is literally killed off?"
 
Cast of 13 - you can read it here online:
 
 
If you're possibly interested in something I didn't write (sounds crazy, I know) I'd check out:
 
The Nerd, by Larry Shue
The Foreigner, by Larry Shue
Noises Off (quintessential hilarious play)
 
and maybe Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (not a farce, but very funny nonetheless)
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Quote KeeKeeDee Replybullet Posted: 4/15/12 at 12:01am
I really like Ken Ludwig (check spelling) and Lend Me a Tenor
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Quote StaceySue Replybullet Posted: 4/15/12 at 12:40pm
Wow, thanks everyone!  I knew you would come through.  I will do some reading. 

I did part of The Foreigner in forensics in high school.  I think I have a book of it at school.  I will read it again.  It's been about 20 years.

The set of Noises Off scares me a little.  I will read it, though.

Thanks edh915, donzolidis, dramagurl, and KeeKeeDee for the suggestions.  I will take a look.  I was hoping someone would give me a starting place.

Please keep suggestions coming if you have them....




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Quote pdavis69 Replybullet Posted: 4/16/12 at 8:16am
The Foreigner is a fantastic show.  There was some talk on either this site or another chatroom where people complained about the inclusion of the Klan in the show.  People did not want them glorified.  My opinion was and still is the Klan is portrayed as bumbling idiots and clearly the bad guys.  It's a great show.
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Quote Ogreking4 Replybullet Posted: 4/18/12 at 2:48pm
"Funny Money" by Ray Cooney is very funny (I read it and didn't think it was great, but when we put it on, it was hilarious...) .... Also "Run for Your Wife" by him is great (and it's sequel "Caught in the Net").
You might check out "Squirrel Lake" by Brian Mitchell... very good.
 
 
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