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Phony Physician, The - Short Play, Comedy

Phony Physician, The

Thomas Hischak

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Short Play, Comedy

5m, 3f

ISBN: 9780874400359

Adapted from Moliere's The Doctor in Spite of Himself
Adapted from Moliere's The Doctor in Spite of Himself. Skelly is the laziest fool in the village. He refuses to cut down trees because they are his only friends. To get even with her layabout husband, Mavis tells a wealthy man that Skelly is the most skilled physician in ten counties. And that to get him to work, Skelly must be beaten with a broom.

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Description

Short Play

Comedy

Farce, Adaptations (Literature), Fables/Folktales, Period, Commedia del Arte

40 minutes

Time Period - 1920s, 1910s / WWI, 1900-1910, Victorian (British and American), 19th Century

Settings Of Play -

The play can be performed in any period but works best in 1910s America.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

No intermission, Physical Comedy

UIL Approved, Competition or audition material

Bare Stage/Simple Set

Period Costumes

CAUTIONS

No Special Cautions

TARGET AUDIENCE

Appropriate for all audiences

PERFORMANCE GROUP

Jr High/Primary, High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre

Adapted from Moliere's The Doctor in Spite of Himself. Skelly is the laziest fool in the village. He refuses to cut down trees because they are his only friends. To get even with her layabout husband, Mavis tells a wealthy man that Skelly is the most skilled physician in ten counties. And that to get him to work, Skelly must be beaten with a broom. So poor, bullied Skelly is forced to become a doctor and to the city he goes - with resulting comic confusions and side-splitting satirical commentary on the medical profession. In the end he cures Lucy (she was only faking her illness to avoid a pre-arranged marriage) and becomes the hero of the day. Filled with farcical action and vaudeville-like jokes, this comedy is easily staged and a guaranteed audience-pleaser.

The Phony Physician was first presented at the State University of New York College at Cortland in Cortland, New York, on July 12, 1996. It was directed by the author.
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CASTING

5m, 3f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Ensemble cast, Non-Traditional casting, Multicultural casting

CHORUS SIZE

N/A (Not a musical)

SKELLY SAWYER
MAVIS SAWYER
MR. GARVEY
LUCY
LEWIS LEDBETTER
STANTON
HUGO
JUDITH

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MUSICAL STYLE

N/A (Not a musical)

VOCAL DEMANDS

N/A (Not a musical)

Author

Thomas Hischak

Thomas Hischak is an internationally recognized author and teacher in the Performing Arts. He is the author of thirty-three published plays which are performed in the United States, Canada, Great Britain, and Australia. His playwriting awards include the Stanley Drama Award (New York City) for Cold War Comedy and the Julie Harris Playwriting Award (Beverly Hills, California) for The Cardiff Giant ... view full profile

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