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Two on the Aisle, Three in a Van - Full Length Play, Comedy

Two on the Aisle, Three in a Van

Mary Lynn Dobson

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Full Length Play, Comedy

6m, 4f

ISBN: 9780573701023

Sometimes the best show isn't onstage but in the parking lot. That's the case in Two on the Aisle, Three in a Van, a comedy where the point of view this time comes from the unsung heroes who call the show, man the spotlights, sew the costumes, count the tickets and suffer through every flubbed line, forgotten prop and missed cue. 

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Minimum Fee: $75 per performance


Full Length Play


120 minutes (2 hours)

Time Period - Present Day

Settings Of Play - Takes place over a three and a half month span on a one unit set.


Scene work, Competition or audition material

Unit Set/Multiple Settings


Strong Language




College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre, Outdoor, Large Stage


Outstanding New Play, Talkin' Broadway Summer Theatre Citation

Winner! Talkin' Broadway 2009 Summer Theatre Citation, Outstanding New Play
Critic's Pick! Backstage Magazine
Four Stars! Time Out New York

Welcome to another stellar season at the Neighborhood Actors Summerfun Repertory Theatre. a friendly little playhouse where, due to a lack of wing space, the company spends their downtime in the parking lot around an aging hippie/now turned techie's van. Those looking for refuge at the asphalt oasis include: a stressed-out artistic director grappling for funding, a wanna-be diva who's realizing her ingenue expiration date has just about passed, a board member's nephew vying to direct the musicals with a Tarrentino spin and the "I'm no chorus boy" chorus boy who thinks every show should have a kick line - including Glass Menagerie. These are just some of the egos and obstacles that fall into the lap of Mike, a nice-guy director who ends up with far more than he bargained for. Anyone who's ever seen a show may know these people. Anyone who's ever done a show may be these people. 

In the end, Two on the Aisle, Three in a Van continues to prove the old adage that somehow, some way, the show must go on. And it does...just not always as planned. 

"An amusing, energetic jolt that skewers pretentious concept directors yet has a soft spot for actors and technicians." - Backstage

"I was glad I saw Streisand in Funny Girl in the '60's, the original cast of A Chorus Line in the '70's, Merrily We Roll Along in the '80's and Nick and Nora in the '90's. But this decade I'm just glad to have seen Two on the Aisle, Three in a Van." - Peter Filchia, Theatremania

Two on the Aisle, Three in a Van was first presented by Peter Riga Jr., Dan Whitten and Tiger Theatricals in the FringeNYC Festival at the Connelly Theatre in New York City on August 16th, 2009. It was directed by Mary Lynn Dobson.



6m, 4f


Ensemble cast

MIKE - director/stage manager, soon to be artistic director, good looking, genuinely nice, mid-30s
JEANNIE - stage manager, wardrobe person, techie in general, has grown to hate the actors, mid-30s to 50s
VONDO - techie, sometime actor, one time pot head, dressed as he was in high school—probably even in the same shirt, owner of the van, late 50s to 60s
JEFF - the artistic director, forever trying to avoid disaster, high blood pressure and forever trying to avoid a stroke, 50s to early 60s
SCOTT - the new guy from the midwest, costume designer, wardrobe person, nice guy, 30s to late 40s
ERIC - director, writer, actor, threatens greatness but delivers nonsense, constantly morbid, mid-30s
MEREDITH - actress, usually gets the leads, a diva-wanna-be, feigns confidence, basically plain, mid-30s
DANIEL - actor, idiot, thinks he’s the ultimate theater persona, obsessed with dancing, mid to late 20s
ROBIN - actress, plays all the ingénue roles, you just want to hug her because she’s cute as cute can be, innocent, naive, 15
HARRIET - actress, sometime wardrobe person, quick-witted, real, early 60s to 70s

Mary Lynn  Dobson

Mary Lynn Dobson

Mary Lynn Dobson has worked in the theatre as a director, actor and playwright. Her play, Skin Deep was one of the winners of the Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Short Play Festival and is published in the Off Off Broadway Festival Plays, 35th Series. Two on the Aisle-Three in a Van, also published by French, was performed in the NYC Fringe Festival garnering the Summer Theatre Citation for ... view full profile

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Jennifer Gomez 9/25/2017 5:52 PM
This is the funniest, most well-written script I have ever read. We are currently half way through our run it is one of the most successful shows our theatre has had recently. The audience loves it and it is getting great reviews. The characters are so real. Especially being a part of community theatre, you know real life counter-points to all these characters. Ms. Dobson takes great care to make sure that her characters come alive. I highly recommend this play.
Jon Putzke 6/26/2015 8:53 PM
Fun show. Consider this one for a fun addition to any season; both for cast as well as audiences.
Norman Ussery 12/17/2013 12:10 PM
fun and funny play but the language is far too foul for middle of the road audiences.  Only got half way through the script.

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