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Greetings! - Full Length Play, Comedy


Tom Dudzick

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Full Length Play, Comedy

3m, 2f

ISBN: 9780573692574

"Hilarious." - The New Yorker

"A comic jewel...Stunning and touching...A joyful holiday lift." - The New York Newsday

"A loving holiday wonder...Deserves a shelf life long after Christmas." - The New York Post

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Minimum Fee: $75 per performance


Full Length Play



105 Minutes

Time Period - 1990s

Settings Of Play -

Living Room and Dining Room of the Gorski's, a working class family in Pittsburgh, PA.

May be performed with or without an intermission.


Cutting Approved for Competition

Interior Set

Period Costumes


No Special Cautions


Appropriate for all audiences


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

Andy has a sweet Catholic mother, a sour Catholic father and an intellectually disabled younger brother named Mickey. When he brings his Jewish atheist fiance to meet the folks on Christmas Eve, his worst fears about family blow-ups are realized. But when Mickey, whose entire vocabulary has been limited to "oh boy" and "wow," suddenly spouts the word "Greetings!" the entire family's belief system is turned upside down. For it seems an ancient, wise and witty spirit who is set upon healing the family's wounds has borrowed Mickey's body! Though a play for all seasons, Greetings! is ideal for groups wanting something special to put on at Christmas/Hanukkah time. The Off Broadway production starred Darren McGavin and Gregg Edelman.

"Exhilarating, profound: what ineffective little adjectives to describe Greetings!” - Albany Times-Union

"Hilarious." - The New Yorker

"A comic jewel...Stunning and touching...A joyful holiday lift." - The New York Newsday

"A loving holiday wonder...Deserves a shelf life long after Christmas." - The New York Post

"Glows with...warmhearted emotion." - The Associated Press

"A winner." - The Albany Times Union

"Greetings! should become as much a part of the fabric of the winter holiday season as It's a Wonderful Life and A Christmas Carol." -Berkshire Eagle

Premiered at George Street Playhouse, New Brunswick, NJ, October, 1990. Gregory Hurst, Artistic Director



3m, 2f


N/A (Not a musical)

ANDY: 30-ish male
RANDI: Andy's Jewish fiance. 30-ish
EMILY: Andy's Mom, 60-ish
PHIL: Andy's Dad, 60-ish
MICKEY: Andy's intellectually disabled younger brother.
Rental Materials


N/A (Not a musical)


N/A (Not a musical)

Tom Dudzick

Tom Dudzick

Tom Dudzick had his first play, Greetings! produced off-Broadway at the John Houseman Theatre, starring Darren McGavin; it is now a holiday favorite all across the country. Mr. Dudzick went on to write a comedic semi-autobiographical series of plays about growing up Catholic in Buffalo called the Over the Tavern Trilogy, which has been one of the biggest grass roots successes in American regional ... view full profile

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Sherrie Colbourn 7/1/2015 2:05 PM
Really touching and funny play.  Our play reading committee loved it also.  We have added to our upcoming season for our Holiday Show and believe it will be a hit with our audiences.
Michael Lacy 1/3/2013 10:34 AM
Wonderfully funny touching play, suitable for any season. Though based at Christmas it is so much more than a Christmas show. It was a wonderful experience for our actors, Director and audience. It requires a very strong actor to play the mentally challenged son who becomes inhabited by the spirit.

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