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The Idiot Box - Full Length Play, Dark Comedy

The Idiot Box

Michael Elyanow

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Full Length Play, Dark Comedy

6m, 4f

ISBN: 9780573652370

"Witty, audacious work succeeds brilliantly" - Variety
"...what begins as a clever, amusing parody darkens into a savage indictment of the way television sells us a make-believe cocoon to insulate ourselves from reality." - The Los Angeles Times

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Minimum Fee: $75 per performance


Full Length Play

Dark Comedy


120 minutes (2 hours)

Time Period - Contemporary, Present Day

Settings Of Play - A sitcom-type loft in NYC is the primary set. Secondary sets, which can be simply suggested, are a subway car, a bedroom, a coffee shop.


Physical Comedy, Stage Combat

Interior Set, Unit Set/Multiple Settings

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes


Alcohol, Drugs, Intense Adult Themes, Strong Language, Mild Adult Themes


Adult, Teen (Age 14 - 18)


College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre, Reader's Theatre, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

The Idiot Box is a comedy about what happens to six sitcom characters when Reality crashes into their lives.

"Witty, audacious work succeeds brilliantly" - Variety

"...what begins as a clever, amusing parody darkens into a savage indictment of the way television sells us a make-believe cocoon to insulate ourselves from reality." - The Los Angeles Times

"Elyanow's intelligently crafted script is rife with humor and irony, and is superbly augmented by Jeremy B. Cohen's perceptive direction of the fine cast." - LA Weekly

"A supremely confident new play from Michael Elyanow..." - The Chicago Tribune

"...ambitious and serious...an onion-like, multi-layered work...with a few Pirandellovian surprises." - The Windy City Times

"...makes us laugh, makes us think, and leaves us talking about the role of art and entertainment in our lives." - ChicagoCritic.com

The Idiot Box was first presented, in its World Premiere, by Naked Eye Theatre Company at The Theatre Building in Chicago, in 2003. It was directed by Jeremy B. Cohen.


6m, 4f

MARK - the neuorotic New Yorker. He's a paramedic.
CHLOE - the a spoiled rich girl. She's a curtain desiginer.
BILLY - the sex-crazed dummy. He's a model.
FIONA - the new age hippie. She's an acupuncturist.
CONNOR - the cynical husband. He's an ad agency exec.
STEPHANIE - the controlling wife. She's a romance novelist.
HARVEY - He's a doctor in the naval reserves.
RAYMOND - He's a drag queen/cabaret singer.
VERONICA - She's an Australian dog shusherer.
OMAR - He's a non-Caucasian PhD student.

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N/A (Not a musical)

Michael Elyanow

Michael Elyanow

Michael Elyanow is the author of over two dozen plays, screenplays, and television scripts. Recent theatre productions include LULLABY at Theater Latte Da (2016), ROBYN IS HAPPY at The B Street Theatre (2013). THE CHILDREN will be produced in fall 2016 at Pillsbury House Theatre. THE CHILDREN was first produced at The Theatre @ Boston Court in 2012, and received a GLAAD Award for Outstanding ... view full profile

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