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Times Square Angel - Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy

Times Square Angel

Charles Busch

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Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy

7m, 4f

ISBN: 9780573703140

"Has a heart of gold. " - The New York Times

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Description

Full Length Play

Dramatic Comedy

Farce, Fantasy, Christmas/Holiday

75 Minutes

Time Period - 1940s / WWII

Settings Of Play - The action takes place in New York City from 1938 to 1948 and in Heaven.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

No intermission

Unit Set/Multiple Settings

Period Costumes

CAUTIONS

Gun Shots

TAGS

Death

TARGET AUDIENCE

Appropriate for all audiences, Adult, Senior, Teen (Age 14 - 18)

PERFORMANCE GROUP

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

New York, 1948. Irish O’Flanagan is the tough as nails, red-headed headliner of the Club Intime. A lifetime of hard knocks has left her bitter and with a chip on her shoulder the size of Mount Rushmore. In the spirit of fantasies such as “A Christmas Carol”, “It’s a Wonderful Life” and “The Bishop’s Wife”, an angel in the form of a sexy vaudeville magician named Albert comes down to show Irish that the path she’s been taking is leading her to disaster. He takes her on a journey that reveals that in the next twenty-four hours, she’ll be killed in a botched kidnapping of a corrupt senator’s beautiful daughter, Valerie, engineered by the notorious gangster, Chick LaFountain. Irish rejects this look into her future but when indeed everything comes to pass, she desperately tries to no avail to change her fate. At the moment when Chick LaFountain is about to shoot Irish for real, Albert makes a deal with the Lord to save her life. However, his good deed must be an anonymous one. Like Scrooge, Irish has a chance to begin again. She saves Valerie and with the help of her devoted longtime admirer, a busboy named Eddie, and her faithful maid, Peona, has Chick sent up the river. Irish and her friends go caroling in Times Square, and for one brief moment, she remembers the wonderful gift that Albert the angel has given her. He blows her a kiss and she feels it against her cheek. Albert is able to return to Heaven knowing Irish will be all right.


REVIEWS:

"Has a heart of gold." - The New York Times

"If Hollywood in the 1940s had adapted Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol to a Broadway setting, the result might have been something like Times Square Angel... Busch's Christmas opus offers the mix of fun camp, fast talk and top flight production values we've come to expect from him, with an overlay of Yuletide sentiment worthy of the best Hollywood dream machines. Funny and full of wisecracks." - Gannett Westchester Newspapers


RELATED ARTICLES ON BREAKING CHARACTER:

TIMES SQUARE ANGEL: A Christmas Tradition
by Charles Busch
July 8, 2013


Times Square Angel was first performed at the Limbo Lounge in New York City, December, 1984. It was performed Off-Broadway at the Provincetown Playhouse, in New York City, November 1985, directed by Kenneth Elliott.
Characters

CASTING

7m, 4f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Cross gender casting, Reduced casting (Doubling Possible), Drag performance, Expandable casting, Multicultural casting, Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle), Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

CASTING NOTES

Much doubling of characters. The role of Irish O'Flanagan was originally played by the author Charles Busch. It is not necessary for it to be played by a man.

CHORUS SIZE

N/A (Not a musical)

EDDIE
JOHNNY THE NOODLE
REPORTER
ABE KESSELMAN
SERITA
IRISH O'FLANAGAN
MISS ELLERBEE
DUKE O'FLANAGAN
MRS. TOOLEY
COOKIE GIBBS
OLIVE SANBORN
DEXTER PAINE III
MRS. PAINE
STELLA
ALBERT - an angel.
VOICE OF THE LORD
MILTON KEISLER
GEORGIE
PEONA
CHICK LAFOUNTAIN
VALERIE WAVERLY
OLD MAG
AGNES
Rental Materials

MUSICAL STYLE

N/A (Not a musical)

VOCAL DEMANDS

N/A (Not a musical)

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Author
Charles Busch

Charles Busch

Charles Busch is the author and star of such plays as The Divine Sister, The Lady in Question, Red Scare on Sunset and Vampire Lesbians of Sodom, which ran five years and is one of the longest running plays in Off-Broadway history. His play The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife ran for 777 performances on Broadway and won Mr. Busch the Outer Circle Critics John Gassner Award and received a Tony ... view full profile

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