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Kindly Leave the Stage - Full Length Play, Comedy

Kindly Leave the Stage

John Chapman, John Chapman

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Full Length Play, Comedy

3m, 5f

ISBN: 9780573693649

The marriage of Rupert and Sarah is on the rocks and their friends Charles and Madge, both of whom are lawyers, agree to handle the divorce. After the curtain has been up a few minutes, Rupert forgets his lines, has a brain storm and threatens to kill Charles in full view of the audience because he'…

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The marriage of Rupert and Sarah is on the rocks and their friends Charles and Madge, both of whom are lawyers, agree to handle the divorce. After the curtain has been up a few minutes, Rupert forgets his lines, has a brain storm and threatens to kill Charles in full view of the audience because he's been having an affair off stage, with Rupert's real wife, Madge. Quite true as it happens. The rest of the cast try to ignore the incident and forge ahead with the original play but Rupert picks up a knife and advances on Charles, who is forced to take cover in a large cabin trunk which is on the set at the time. A real life marital comedy now evolves. The situation is further complicated when the actor playing the old father, Edward, makes his entrance. He is an ageing Shakespearean star, once famous for his King Lear but now an alcoholic on the skids. He happens to have asked his new agent to the performance that night. Edward is blissfully unaware that the play has switched from art to life. Out of loyalty to a fellow actor, the rest of the cast do their best to accommodate the poor chap, but he gradually begins to crack up, especially as some of his cues are coming from a cabin trunk. The play is a light hearted tilt at the complete theatricality of stage folk.
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Keith Miller 7/18/2015 1:23 PM
Cleverly written and the part of Edward, in particular, would be great fun to play. However, overall I was left with the sense of it being a bit self-indulgent. I might be wrong, but I'm not sure that my audience would identify with the characters, and I suspect that some of the theatrical references would be lost on a significant part of the audience. This view is based on a read through only ... I might feel different if I saw it delivered well.
Malcolm Barker 2/9/2014 5:56 AM
I directed this play for Kingsley Players in Cheshire in 2005 and it was extremely well received. It is a clever and funny play picking up a frankly ridiculous situation which the writer makes believable. The play is both challenging and enjoyable for the cast and provides a superb entertaining evening for the audience. I recommend it to any group looking for a light evening of laughter and like is so much that I am directing it again in February 2015 at Harlequins Theatre in Northwich, Cheshire  http://harlequintheatrecw9.co.uk/

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