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Don't Tell Mother - Full Length Play, Comedy

Don't Tell Mother

Monk Ferris

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Full Length Play, Comedy

3m, 5f

ISBN: 9780573619496

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. The pace is rapid fire, the dialogue hilarious, and the laughter non stop.

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Description

Full Length Play

Comedy

Farce

90 minutes

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

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, 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.

Characters

CASTING

3m, 5f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Non-Traditional casting

CHORUS SIZE

N/A (Not a musical)

SARAH SCHMIDT - Cinnamon's mother
CINNAMON SCHMIDT - Sarah's daughter, a librarian
DEEDEE MALONE - Cinnamon's friend and neighbor
JOE SHIMKO - a government agent
MAGDA BERELZHEIMER - Cinnamon's fiance's mother
RIKKI TICKEY - a squealer in more ways than one
ORVILLE MADDOX - a desperate law-breaker
HOBART BERELZHEIMER - Cinnamon's rhinitic fiance

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MUSICAL STYLE

N/A (Not a musical)

VOCAL DEMANDS

N/A (Not a musical)

Author

Monk Ferris

Monk Ferris is one of several pen names for prolific playwright Jack Sharkey (1931-1992). Mr. Sharkey 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 ... view full profile

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Ruth Deuber 1/7/2015 9:04 AM
Too hard to keep up with so much description.  Didn't really like it.

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