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One Toe in the Grave - Full Length Play, Comedy

One Toe in the Grave

Jack Sharkey

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Full Length Play, Comedy

3m, 4f

ISBN: 9780573618482

Jason Kingsley is treasurer of a billion-dollar patent medicine corporation that requires its officers to be married. Jason claims his wife has a rare disease that prevents her from entertaining or attending corporate functions.

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Description

Full Length Play

Comedy

Farce

90 minutes

Time Period - Present Day

Settings Of Play - Jason's apartment in Manhattan.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Interior Set

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

CAUTIONS

Alcohol

TARGET AUDIENCE

Appropriate for all audiences

PERFORMANCE GROUP

High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre

Jason Kingsley is treasurer of a billion-dollar patent medicine corporation that requires its officers to be married. Jason claims his wife has a rare disease that prevents her from entertaining or attending corporate functions. A cure is accidentally discovered in one of the company’s patent medicines, and Jason’s ecstatic boss is arriving any minute with the company doctor to administer the cure and then bask in the publicity. Jason, however, doesn’t really have a wife, so he cons his fiancée Nicki into pretending to be invalid. Other imposters appear: Poopsie Magruder, who initially refused, shows up anyhow, and Vonga the Jungle Girl was pressed into service by the helpful housekeeper. The cure involves a two-inch needle in the armpit, and it develops that the disease is contagious, which only complicates the hilarity.
Characters

CASTING

3m, 4f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Non-Traditional casting

CHORUS SIZE

N/A (Not a musical)

JASON KINGSLEY, a rising young business executive

MONICA (a.k.a. NICKI) CHANNING, his bride-to-be

NAOMI SCHUYLER, Jason's longtime housekeeper

THORNTON MURDOCK, Jason's spit-and-polish boss

DOUGLAS PROCTER, a corporate medical examiner

POOPSIE MAGRUDER, a young lady of 20 [age and IQ]

VONGA, The Jungle Girl

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MUSICAL STYLE

N/A (Not a musical)

VOCAL DEMANDS

N/A (Not a musical)

Author
Jack Sharkey

Jack Sharkey

Jack Sharkey (1931-1992) was born on May 6, 1931 in Chicago, Illinois. He began writing when he was 10 years old. He graduated from college with a BA in the Creative Writing Field of the English major. After that, he taught school for two years from 1953 to 1955. In mid-1955, Mr. Sharkey enlisted in the Army. He served at Sandia Base, New Mexico as a Special Services worker. He wrote, produced, ... view full profile

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Valiant Vetter 9/28/2017 4:55 PM
"One Toe in the Grave" is one of those plays that you read - and laugh out loud as you go!

This will be a great play for a community or other amateur theatre company that doesn't have a lot of money to spend on sets or costumes - as this play takes place in one room that can easily be furnished with things you have laying round.

The gags are practically back-to-back with witty comments by all characters and rapid-fire quips by the smart-alecky housekeeper to pretty much every character.

The actors' challenge will be to deliver the dialog and fine-tune their timing to get the full comedic impact out of Sharkey's writing.  Do this one right - and you may run a little long to allow time for the laughs!

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