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Joke, The - Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy

Joke, The

Sam Marks

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Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy

2m

ISBN: 9780573663338

"A tasty two-hander by Sam Marks...A comedy team working the Catskills in the 1960s and '70s, getting few laughs while undergoing all the stresses of a doomed marriage...And just as in a marriage in which one half of the couple changes while the other stays the same, the relationship deteriorates. Allusions to a woman and to the historical context as the ’60s give way to the ’70s are tantalizing but not overdone; the focus stays on the two men." - The New York Times

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Description

Full Length Play

Dramatic Comedy

Period

Time Period - 1970s, 1960s

Settings Of Play - The Catskills, 1965

CAUTIONS

Mild Adult Themes

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult, Senior, Teen (Age 14 - 18)

PERFORMANCE GROUP

College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Shoestring Budget, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

It's 1965 and two comedians, "Steady Eddie" & "Doug the Mug," knock 'em dead every night in the Catskills. Punchlines and cheap shots fly - on stage and off - as Doug and Ed battle for the spotlight over a decade, pushing each other to the cusp of a new direction of stand up comedy. With their personal and professional lives uncovered at center stage, Eddie and Doug must find a way to laugh it off while staying at the top of their game. Sam Marks' The Joke takes a look at the friendship and the rivalry between two comic partners during the golden years of the Borscht Belt.
"A tasty two-hander by Sam Marks...A comedy team working the Catskills in the 1960s and '70s, getting few laughs while undergoing all the stresses of a doomed marriage...And just as in a marriage in which one half of the couple changes while the other stays the same, the relationship deteriorates. Allusions to a woman and to the historical context as the ’60s give way to the ’70s are tantalizing but not overdone; the focus stays on the two men." - The New York Times
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Sam Marks

Sam Marks

Sam Marks' play, The Delling Shore, had its world premiere at the 2013 Humana Festival, directed by Meredith McDonough. Other productions include: The Old Masters at Steppenwolf's First Look Repertory directed by Daniel Aukin, The Joke at Studio Dante (Off-Broadway debut) directed by Sam Gold, Brack's Last Bachelor Party at 59E59, directed by Geordie Broadwater, Nelson with Partial Comfort ... view full profile

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