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Beau Jest - Full Length Play, Comedy

Beau Jest

James Sherman

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Full Length Play, Comedy

4m, 2f

ISBN: 9780573692086

"A light, sweet romantic comedy." - Chicago Tribune

"Hilarious and quite moving. Sherman wonderfully blends farce with a genuine insight." - Chicago Sun Times

"Very funny...The well crafted play has a lot to say about nu…

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Description

Full Length Play

Comedy

Romantic Comedy

120 minutes (2 hours)

Time Period - Present Day

Settings Of Play - Sarah's apartment - A one bedroom apartment in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Interior Set

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

CAUTIONS

No Special Cautions

TARGET AUDIENCE

Appropriate for all audiences

PERFORMANCE GROUP

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

Sarah is a nice Jewish girl with a problem: her parents want her married to a nice Jewish boy. They have never met her boyfriend, a WASP executive named Chris Kringle. She tells them she is dating a Jewish doctor and they insist on meeting him. She plans a dinner party and, over the heated protests of Chris, employs an escort service to send her a Jewish date to be Dr. Steinberg. Instead, they send Bob Schroeder, an aspiring actor who agrees to perform the impersonation. Happily, he is extremely convincing in the role and Sarah's parents are enraptured. Soon, even Sarah falls for Bob.
"A light, sweet romantic comedy." - Chicago Tribune

"Hilarious and quite moving. Sherman wonderfully blends farce with a genuine insight." - Chicago Sun Times

"Very funny...The well crafted play has a lot to say about nuclear families of any ethnic persuasion." - Wall Street Journal

Beau Jest premiered at the Victory Gardens Theater on November 16, 1989 under the direction of Dennis Zacek.

Beau Jest, produced by Arthur Cantor, Carol Ostrow, and Libby Adler Mages, premiered at the Lamb's Theatre in New York on October 10, 1991.

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CASTING

4m, 2f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Ensemble cast, Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle), Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle), Parts for Senior Actors

CHORUS SIZE

N/A (Not a musical)

Sarah Goldman - late 20's.

Chris - Her boyfriend.

Bob - Her escort.

Joel - Her brother.

Miriam - Her mother.

Abe - Her father.

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MUSICAL STYLE

N/A (Not a musical)

VOCAL DEMANDS

N/A (Not a musical)

Author
James Sherman

James Sherman

James Sherman is the author of the plays Magic Time, The God of Isaac, Mr. 80%, The Escape Artist, Beau Jest, This Old Man Came Rolling Home, Jest A Second!, Romance in D, From Door to Door, The Old Man’s Friend, Affluenza!, Half and Half, Relatively Close, and Jacob and Jack. James was a theatre student at Illinois State University in the early 1970’s.  He began his professional ... view full profile

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