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Shtick - Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy

Shtick

Henry Meyerson

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Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy

1m, 2f

ISBN: 9780573696220

"Mainstream success...spicy situation...moving effect...abundance of jokes...wittily cynical lines...Whoever like to be moved and entertained in one evening will enjoy this show." - Lidove Noviny, Prague

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Description

Full Length Play

Dramatic Comedy

90 minutes

Time Period - Contemporary

Settings Of Play -

A middle class living room.  A sofa stretches across the stage, in front of which is a small table.  Stage rear are two doors, one to the outside, one to the kitchen.

Essential to the production is a wheel chair. 

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Interior Set

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

CAUTIONS

No Special Cautions

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult, Senior

PERFORMANCE GROUP

Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Senior Theatre

Helen's life became complicated after her husband Murray's stroke and her sister Gladys's revelation, wanting to set the record straight in case Murray should die, that she and Murray had been having an affair. Helen suspected Murray was no angel when she married him. After all, as a stand-up comic he was always on the road and she knew comics could be loose cannons. Helen knew she was trading the risk Murray would bring to any relationship, let alone marriage, for the excitement of the gamble. While Helen might have been willing to adjust to Murray and his new stroke induced limits, the stakes were raised and the game was changed by Gladys's admission of the affair.

So now Helen is left on the horns of dilemma: How can she be a nurturing caretaker for a man who has deceived her (with her own sister, yet) while knowing he is a snake with no visible conscience?

"Mainstream success...spicy situation...moving effect...abundance of jokes...wittily cynical lines...Whoever like to be moved and entertained in one evening will enjoy this show." - Lidove Noviny, Prague
SHTICK premiered at the Theatre Ungelt in Prague in December 2010 and has been in production in Prague and on tour of the Czech Republic ever since.
Characters

CASTING

1m, 2f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Non-Traditional casting, Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle), Parts for Senior Actors

HELEN - 60; a woman who is ready and able to cope not only with her husband Murray’s physical problems, but his rotten disposition, as well. She radiates energy and is as skilled at verbal repartee as Murray.
MURRAY - 60; Murray is in a wheel chair and partially paralyzed; having always been sarcastic and irascible, his stroke certainly hasn’t improved his disposition.
GLADYS - 55; Helen’s freewheeling, younger sister; more stylishly attired than Helen, but perhaps a tad too glitzy. While she is no match for Helen’s verbal ability, she is the breezier, more self-assured of the sisters. Gladys lives by the creed of honesty and having a good time.
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MUSICAL STYLE

N/A (Not a musical)

VOCAL DEMANDS

N/A (Not a musical)

Author

Henry Meyerson

Henry Meyerson's publications with Samuel French include the full-lengths Beware the Man Eating Chicken, Shtick, and The Secret Life of Seagulls; and the short-play collections Fresh Brewed: Tales from The Coffee Bar and Proceed to Check-Out. Other publications include the one-act Tech Support, published by Smith & Kraus who also re-print portions of The Secret Life of Seagulls ... view full profile

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