Full Length Play
120 minutes (2 hours)
Time Period - Contemporary, Present Day
Settings Of Play - Simple living room set, with a front door and a staging area outside the front door on the front steps/porch.
FEATURES / CONTAINS
Interior Set, Exterior Set
Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes
Mild Adult Themes
Aging, Childhood, Death, Friendship, Illness/Health, LGBT issues, Love, Marriage, Memory, Parenting/Family, Religion
Appropriate for all audiences, Adult, Senior
College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre, Shoestring Budget, Outdoor, Large Stage, Church / Religious Groups
Winner! 2000 Rochester Playwright Festival.
A Nice Family Gathering is a story about a man who loved his wife so much, he almost told her. It's Thanksgiving Day and the first family gathering at the Lundeen household since the Patriarch died. At the gathering, Dad comes back as a ghost with a mission; to tell his wife he loved her, something he neglected to tell her while he was alive. After all, they were only married for 41 years. The problem is, she can't hear or see him. The trouble begins when Mom invites a date for dinner.
"Hilarious and touching!" - LA Weekly, Pick of the Week
"Exquisite sense of humor!" - Daily Variety
"A good heart is behind all this family silliness!" - Los Angeles Times
"Garrison Keillor meets "Topper" by way of "Fargo"!" - NPR
"A surefire, laugh-a-minute hit!" - The Tolucan Times
"Hilarious!" - American Eagle News
"Superb!" - NoHo News
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My Nice Family: About A NICE FAMILY GATHERING
by Paul Olsen
July 10, 2012
A Nice Family Gathering was first produced at Lonny Chapman Group Repertory Theatre in Los Angeles, California, in March 2000. It was directed by Patrick Maloney.