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Museum - Full Length Play, Comedy

Museum

Tina Howe

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Full Length Play, Comedy

9m, 9f

ISBN: 9780573612893

"Moving and beautiful ... a passionate and thoroughly personal play about the whole world." - Village Voice

"The gallery becomes a parable of humanity ... [in this] comedy of absurdities with a serious message." - The New York Times

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Description

Full Length Play

Comedy

Time Period - Present Day

Settings Of Play - A major American museum. Present day.

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Interior Set

PERFORMANCE GROUP

College Theatre / Student, Professional Theatre, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Museum takes place on the final day of a group show of three fictional contemporary American artists being exhibited in a major museum of modern art. In the course of the day some forty people walk through the show: art lovers, skeptics, foreigners, students, lost souls, fellow artists, and of course, museum guards. The play is about the movement and yearning of these people.

REVIEWS

"Moving and beautiful ... a passionate and thoroughly personal play about the whole world." - Village Voice

"The gallery becomes a parable of humanity ... [in this] comedy of absurdities with a serious message." - The New York Times

"Excellent "slice of life' comedy ... exceptionally good comment on the human condition." - Variety


Museum premiered at the Los Angeles Actors' Theatre in April 1976 under the direction of Dana Elcar.

Characters

CASTING

9m, 9f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)

FIXED CHARACTERS

THE GUARD
MICHAEL WALL
FRED IZUMI

MALE CHARACTERS (able to be doubled) 

JEAN-CLAUDE
MR. HOLLINGSFORD
MR. SALT
PETER ZIFF
BOB LAMB
WILL WILLARD
TWO MEN IN PASSING
MR. GREGORY
BILL PLAID
GIORGIO
FIRST GUARD
SECOND GUARD
STEVE WILLIAMS
MR. MOE

FEMALE CHARACTERS (able to be doubled) 

FRANCOIS
ANNETTE FROEBEL 
CAROL
LIZ
BLAKEY
ELIZABETH SORROW
MRS. SALT
MAGGIE SNOW
MIRA ZADAL
BARBARA ZIMMER
BARBARA CASTLE
CHLOE TRAPP
ADA BLIDITSKY
GILDA NORRIS
TINK SOLHEIM
KATE SIV
LILLIAN
HARRIET
MAY
ZOE
JULIE JENKINS
MRS. MOE

Author
Tina Howe

Tina Howe

Tina Howe’s most produced plays include “Birth and After Birth”, “Museum”, “The Art of Dining”, “Painting Churches”, “Coastal Disturbances”, “Approaching Zanzibar” and “Pride’s Crossing”. These and other works premiered at the Public Theater, the Kennedy Center, Second Stage, The Old Globe Theatre, Lincoln Center Theater, the Actors Theatre of Louisville, the Atlantic Theater Company, Primary ... view full profile

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Amanda Healy 4/23/2013 4:36 PM
Tina Howe's "Museum" is an elegant meta-theatrical piece that manages to simultaneously capture the subjective nature of both a visual arts and a theatre arts experience. Just like the pieces of art that are displayed on stage during the course of the story, the play itself must be experienced with a mind that is an open window- it must be viewed from many sides and many perspectives in order to truly appreciate its message. At first glance, the play's many seemingly unconnected and fleeting stories (as represented by the gallery visitors' comings and goings) may come across as random and overly naturalistic, with no real throughline other than the single location that remains constant from start to finish (the museum exhibit). However, just as a painting will look completely different up close than when viewed from across the room, one must take the play as a whole in order to understand the wonderful commentary "Museum" provides on the ability of art to transform even our perspective on life itself. As a theatre goer, this perhaps goes against our viewing instincts - we want to examine each character's specific life, we want to examine the individual stories - but this is also what makes "Museum" such a refreshing piece: it asks us to be open to experiencing art in new ways, finding the magic that comes in breaking with the ordinary.

A note on casting: "Museum" is great for large theatre groups (such as school productions), as well as smaller commercial ones- having over 40 characters, but allowing for doubling, if preferred.

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