Full Length Play
120 minutes (2 hours)
Time Period - 1930s
Settings Of Play - Niagara Falls, Ontario, during Prohibition
FEATURES / CONTAINS
Alcohol, Gun Shots
College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre
It’s 1932 in Niagara Falls, Canada, where the rum-running business is at its peak. In the aftermath of the Crash, Irving Bubbalowe and his daughter, Honey, have risked everything they have to open a new gourmet restaurant. When their star - the renowned singing chef François LaPlouffe - fails to appear, tonight’s grand opening is suddenly placed in jeopardy. However, when unemployed chef Frank Plunkett wanders in looking for work, Honey persuades him to masquerade as the missing LaPlouffe. The beleaguered Bubbalowe, meanwhile, also has to contend with Chicago gangster Alfonse Feghetti and his sidekick who have come looking for an illegal shipment of booze that, unbeknownst to Bubbalowe, has found its way into his basement. In addition, Bubbalowe has to keep at bay the hot-blooded Immigration officer Veronica Snook, on the trail of the vanished chef, as well as a suspicious teetotalling Mountie who is ready to arrest Bubbalowe for both murder and bootlegging. Madness ensues and Bubbalowe and the others create a hornet’s nest of fabricated stories and identities as they try valiantly to save the restaurant - and themselves - from both the gangsters and the law.
"Too Many Cooks was the most entertaining play I have ever seen! I've never laughed so hard at a play... brilliantly written and performed." - CHCD Radio, Ontario
"Too Many Cooks is a hilarious comedy... a huge success." - Simcoe Reformer
"Those who enjoy comedic farce will giggle non-stop" - Port Dover Maple Leaf
Too Many Cooks was first presented at at the Lighthouse Festival in Port Dover, Ontario, on July 23rd, 2003. It was directed by Robert More.