Full Length Play
120 minutes (2 hours)
Time Period - Contemporary, Present Day
Settings Of Play - It is the living room of an English country house. The room is tastefully furnished in typical English style with drapes, rugs, books, china, etc.)
FEATURES / CONTAINS
Interior Set, Bare Stage/Simple Set
Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes
No Special Cautions
College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre, Senior Theatre, Shoestring Budget, Large Stage
“Hormone” Harry Douglas from The Sensuous Senator is back to his old shenanigans again, but this time as the American Ambassador to Great Britain. He tells his wife Lois, that he has arranged a golf outing in Scotland for the weekend. Lois in turn tells Harry that she too will be gone for the weekend at a spa, and that their daughter Debbie will be gone visiting a girlfriend. Each then tells Perkins, their newly hired butler in their country home, of their plans. He stoically watches as each of them leave for the weekend.
So... Where’s the farce? Harry, secretly returns to the empty house, having planned a romantic rendezvous with a sexy, next-door neighbor Marianne. This is no ordinary rendezvous as they plan to act out their fantasies, she a French maid and Harry as Tarzan. Debbie returns with her boyfriend Joe, believing they have the house to themselves for the whole weekend. Harry’s secretary, Faye Baker, and Captain South of the U.S. Marine Corps arrive in the wake of a bomb threat at the embassy, and must set-up embassy communications in Harry’s country home. Captain South places a squad of marines around the perimeter, and everybody is sealed in.
It soon becomes apparent that Faye was not hired for her secretarial abilities.
PERKINS: Are you all right miss?
FAYE: I guess so. I shouldn’t let Mr. Douglas upset me[...] He’s always making comments about me. I pretend not to notice, but I know he thinks I’m kind of dumb.
PERKINS: What sort of comments?
FAYE: Well, yesterday he yelled at me just because I thought the Gettysburg address was where Lincoln lived.
PERKINS: Oh dear!
FAYE: Then he said my intellect underwhelmed him.
PERKINS: Oh dear!
FAYE: Then he suggested I hold a séance to see if it was possible to make contact with my brain.
Harry hears Debbie talking to someone in her room and asks who it is. After a moment’s hesitation, Debbie comes up with a brilliant idea and says, “It’s my girlfriend Josephine.” Joe now spends the rest of the play in and out of drag. To make matters worse, Hormone Harry becomes infatuated with Josephine, Captain South believes he is hot on the trail of a mad bomber, and accident prone Faye comes close to destroying Great Britain. Meanwhile, Perkins manages to get his tie caught in Debbie’s jacket zipper and his hand super-glued to Faye’s derriere.
HARRY: What are you doing with my secretary?[...]
PERKINS: The fact is sir, she was helping me.
HARRY: And why do you need my secretary’s help?
PERKINS: [...] I got a little behind in my work.
HARRY: A little behind in your work?
PERKINS: Yes sir, the fact is, right now, I seem to have my hands full.
In a normal farce, all this would probably be enough, but this is a Michael Parker play, which must have a surprising twist and turn at the end. Does the imperturbable Perkins find romance? Does Lois return for a weekend tryst of her own?
"Hilarious... Will keep you in constant laughter." - Corpus Christi Caller Times
"The energy builds... and the audience is left roaring." -Delray Times
"As funny as the best of Neil Simon, but zanier... From the first double entendre to the last prat fall, the talented cast kept the audience in stitches.” -Venice Gondolier Sun, Florida
“The Amorous Ambassador is one of the funniest two hours of stage comedy.” - Midland Reporter, Texas
“The Amorous Ambassador appeals as a funny show and is well worth seeing.” - Davis Enterprise, Woodland,CA
“By the time the night is over the audience is left roaring for what may be the birth of a new style of American theater.” - Delray Times, Florida
“A block-buster hit, this fast-paced comedy had the timing down perfectly, kept us laughing throughout, and provided us with an outstanding evening of entertainment.” - The Chronicle, Florida
“This hilarious new comedy, spicy, but very tastefully performed will keep you in constant laughter. It is a must-see.” - Corpus Christi Caller Times, Texas
“Uproarious!” - Sarasota Herald Tribune, Florida
“Puns and laughs abound. It is very funny.” - The Oakland Tribune, California
“The gales of laughter reached hurricane proportion.” - The Boca Rotan News, Florida
“Hysterical... Hilarious... Comic gems... Wonderful to behold... An evening of madcap merriment from start to finish... Prolonged laughs and thunderous applause at the end of the show.” - The Theatre Mirror, Rhode Island
“Leikkia, lempea, liehuntaa” - Savonlinaa, Finland
First produced at the Delray Beach Playhouse, Delray Beach, Florida on November 29, 1990. Has since had over 200 productions all over the world, including Germany, Austria, Finland, Australia, Pakistan, England, Wales, New Zealand, and China.