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Who's Crazy Now? - Full Length Play, Comedy

Who's Crazy Now?

Gerald Bell

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Full Length Play, Comedy

3m, 9f

ISBN: 9780573601316

In an insane asylum, we find a number of lady schoolteachers who have lost their mental balance trying to educate their pupils! 

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Full Length Play



75 Minutes

Time Period - Present Day

Settings Of Play - An insnane asylum.


Interior Set

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes


Adult, Teen (Age 14 - 18)


High School/Secondary, Community Theatre

In an insane asylum, we find a number of lady schoolteachers who have lost their mental balance trying to educate their pupils! This play starts hilariously when the ladies talk and act like their former charges. A love story is introduced with the visit of the niece of the superintendent and a young staff doctor, but each thinks the other is an inmate. The niece thinks she would like to be a teacher, but after witnessing the antics of schoolteachers she decides to marry the young doctor. Recommended for churches, schools, community groups, and teachers everywhere!


3m, 9f


N/A (Not a musical)

NURSE SMITH - A kindly, good-natured person, rather young.
NURSE JONES - An impatient, demanding sort of person who will never get used to the antics of the patients. Older than Miss Smith.
ART TEACHER - Tall, dark woman who takes her work very seriously. In a perpetual feud with the Music Teacher.
MUSIC TEACHER - Large, heavy-chested woman with great and powerful lungs which are used frequently.
HISTORY TEACHER - Dramatic, nervous, erratic woman.
PRINCIPAL - Serious, never forgets that she is the Principal. She is pompous and bigoted.
ENGLISH TEACHER - A joyful person during playtime but is serious when teaching. The chief comedy part.
GYM TEACHER - Preferably a large woman, very dynamic with an abundance of energy who forces her way through life. She is also very coy and bashful during scenes with Dr. Sullivan.
DOCTOR VAN - The leading man, nice-looking, kind and jovial.
MR. ARTHUR - A man about forty-five or fifty; rather dignified, and inclined to be an "I-told-you'so" type, but still likable.
FLORENCE WARE- A petite and chic young woman-not dumb, but  never quite knowing just what everything is all about in this asylum.
DOCTOR SULLIVAN - A dandified and pompous man of forty-five or fifty. Always maintains an air of dignity, until he gets the opportunity of trying one of his theories.
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N/A (Not a musical)

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Mary Foderaro 9/28/2016 2:21 PM
This is a funny, lighthearted comedy from the 1930s.  It reflects the common problems of mental health as well as confronting very real teaching issues. It does reflect the time period, including the specifics of mental health institutions.
It does have a drawback in that it demonstrates some dadaesque qualities that can be lost on modern audiences.

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