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Seniors of the Sahara - Full Length Play, Comedy

Seniors of the Sahara

Barbara Pease Weber

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Full Length Play, Comedy

4m, 4f

ISBN: 9780874403114

Seniors of the Sahara is a comedy for the whole family” - Montgomery Newspapers, “There are plenty of laughs to be had” - The Review<, “An imaginative piece” - Chestnut Hill Local

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Full Length Play


Adventure, Fables/Folktales

120 minutes (2 hours)

Time Period - Present Day

Settings Of Play - The beginning of the play is set in a "far off land". The majority of the play is set in Sylvie Goldberg's beachfront condo complex in Margate, New Jersey. There are costuming opportunities for Eugene the genie and for everyone in the "annual b-b-que"


Physical Comedy, Special Effects

Unit Set/Multiple Settings

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes, Fantasy Costumes


Mild Adult Themes


Appropriate for all audiences, Adult, Senior


Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre, Senior Theatre, Reader's Theatre, Large Stage

Sylvia Goldberg, a respectable retired New Jersey school teacher, brings home more than just souvenirs upon returning from her grandson’s wedding in Israel. Sylvie’s troubles begin when she realizes that the old teapot she purchased at an outdoor market is actually a priceless relic containing a geriatric genie “Eugene” with a bad back and a penchant for vodka and V8. Keeping Eugene a secret from her three best friends, Mabel, Thelma and Fannie, proves to be nearly as difficult as protecting herself from Eugene’s former master who follows Sylvie home and threatens her at knifepoint. Be careful what you wish for Sylvie Goldberg! You never know, it might come true. Seniors of the Saharais a magical romantic comedy for seniors and “juniors” of all ages.

"Seniors of the Sahara is a comedy for the whole family." - Montgomery Newspapers

"There are plenty of laughs to be had" - The Review"An imaginative piece." - Chestnut Hill Local

Seniors of the Sahara was first produced by The Old Academy in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in September 2007 and since then has been performed in theaters and by senior groups across the USA and beyond.



4m, 4f


Non-Traditional casting


The role of the Master of Ceremonies may be played by a woman in which case the cast would comprise 5 women and two or three men. (The roles of Herman and Refik may be played by the same actor or by two different actors.)

Sylvie, Mabel, Fannie and Thelma are fun loving and high spirited retirees.

Savalas is the "bad guy" - 30s-50s

Herman/Refik is also of retirement age (unless Refik is played by a different actor in which case he may be a bit younger.)

"Eugene" (Genesis Elijia Nefarious Ivan Ethopia the Twelfth) is a loveable geriatric genie with a bad back and a penchant for vodka and V8.

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N/A (Not a musical)


Barbara Pease Weber

Barbara Pease Weber has been acting on and off since she was a teenager in the 1970s and has appeared in theatrical productions in the Philadelphia area over a span of 35 years. Ms. Weber has also authored four comedies, Delval Divas, HOGWASH!, Seniors of the Sahara, and A Crock of Schnizel, all of which are pubished by Samuel French! Ms. Weber's comedies, including new works in her playwriting ... view full profile

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Alfred Whitton 2/19/2014 3:02 PM
Although the synopsis of the play seemed funny, We found the play itself to be  dragging  with longish monologues and the usual stereotypes of older people. The dialogue needs to be quicker and more lively in a comedy. The Gene turns into a typical old man with lumbago. What a disappointment!  We expected him to have a little more dimension.  I was waiting for a few funny wishes to be granted to complicate things a bit,  but low and behold there were none.    We lost interest half way though the reading and had to force ourselves to finish the script which sort of ended flat.   Our drama group decided unfortunately not to consider this play.  

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