Full Length Play
Time Period - Contemporary, Present Day
Settings Of Play - The entire action of the play takes place in the Schmidt apartment in Park Ridge, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, during a very chilly October afternoon.
FEATURES / CONTAINS
Physical Comedy, Special Effects
Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes
Appropriate for all audiences
High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre
On the evening that timid librarian Cinnamon Schmidt and her mother are to entertain her fiance Hobart and his mother at serene family dinner, Cinnamon comes home in shock because she has witnessed a bank robbery and is the only one who can identify the crook. She confides her terror to chum Deedee Malone, not daring to tell her mother and then federal agent Joe Shimko arrives having gotten a tip that the robber, Orville Maddox, is en route to bump off the witness. Joe thinks Deedee is Cinnamon and vice versa, Orville is mistaken for the caterer and for Hobart, mother is confused with the cleaning lady, and poor Cinnamon is thought to be her own mother. Hobart arrives, posies in hand, just in time to be arrested! The real star is a monster vacuum cleaner that attacks anyone within range. The final moments, with all the good guys trussed up and strung together while the lights go out and the vacuum cleaner goes on, are among the funniest ever on a stage. The pace is rapid fire, the dialogue hilarious, and the laughter non stop.
Don't Tell Mother was first presented by Character Actors Repertory Theatre Productions at the Horizon Theatre in Burbank, California, on May 29, 1984. It was directed by Geoffrey Till and produced by Mr. Till and Eugene Cockran.