Farce, Adaptations (Literature), Fables/Folktales, Period, Commedia del Arte
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
No Special Cautions
Appropriate for all audiences
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.