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Receptionist, The - Full Length Play, Comedy

Receptionist, The

Adam Bock

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Full Length Play, Comedy

2m, 2f

ISBN: 9780573660276

"Mr. Bock's poisoned Post-it note of a play." - The New York Times

"Bock's intense initial focus on the routine goes to the heart of The Receptionist's pointed, painfully timely allegory...elliptical, provocative play..." - Time Out New York

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Description | Characters | Rental Materials | Author | Reviews
$9.95
: Office Plays, The

Minimum Fee: $75 per performance


Description

Full Length Play

Comedy

75 Minutes

Time Period - Contemporary, Present Day

Settings Of Play - The Northeast office.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

No intermission

Interior Set, Bare Stage/Simple Set

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

CAUTIONS

No Special Cautions

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult, Senior, Teen (Age 14 - 18)

PERFORMANCE GROUP

High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre, Reader's Theatre, Shoestring Budget, Large Stage, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

RECOGNITION / AWARDS

From Off-Broadway

At the start of a typical day in the Northeast Office, Beverly deals effortlessly with ringing phones and her colleague's romantic troubles. But the appearance of a charming rep from the Central Office disrupts the friendly routine. As the true nature of the company's business becomes apparent, The Receptionist raises disquieting, provocative questions about the consequences of complicity with evil.

Published with The Thugs in a collection entitled The Office Plays.
"Mr. Bock's poisoned Post-it note of a play." - The New York Times

"Bock's intense initial focus on the routine goes to the heart of The Receptionist's pointed, painfully timely allegory...elliptical, provocative play..." - Time Out New York

Manhattan Theater Club, NYC - directed by Joe Mantello (Wicked)
Characters

CASTING

2m, 2f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Non-Traditional casting, Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

CHORUS SIZE

N/A (Not a musical)

Beverly Watkins - the receptionist 40-60

Mr. Raymond - the boss 40-60

Lorraine Taylor - the coworker - 20-40

Mr. Dart - the visitot - 20-40

Rental Materials

MUSICAL STYLE

N/A (Not a musical)

VOCAL DEMANDS

N/A (Not a musical)

Author
Adam Bock

Adam Bock

Adam Bock’s plays include Phaedra (Shotgun Players), A Small Fire (Playwrights Horizons, Drama Desk nomination), book for We Have Always Lived in the Castle, with music by Todd Almond (Yale Rep), The Flowers (About Face Theatre), The Receptionist (MTC, 2008 Outer Critics nomination, Best Plays of 2007-2008, The Evidence Room with Megan Mullally), The Drunken City (Playwrights Horizons, 2008 Outer ... view full profile

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Reviews
Charlie Hukill 9/8/2014 10:37 AM
An excellent, intriguing play.  In the beginning it appears to be one thing, a kind of light, personal interaction, told in a very conversational style.  However, the plot takes a very sinister turn and ultimately raises significant questions about our societal values and collective responsibilities.  I do not wish to divulge details, but it becomes quite chilling has the potential for first rate theatre.

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