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Come Out of the Closet - Full Length Play, Comedy

Come Out of the Closet

Rollin W. Coyle

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Full Length Play, Comedy

5m, 6f

ISBN: 9780573701764

Three young ladies from Ohio - eager, excited and hoping to establish careers in New York - are compelled by circumstances to rent an old, gloomy apartment from a greedy landlady on their first night in town. The apartment is run-down and unkempt; but the price is right - especially since the landlady charges by the renter and the ladies have decided to present themselves as just two, passing the third off as a friend who is helping them to move in. 

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Description

Full Length Play

Comedy

Mystery/Thriller

105 Minutes

Time Period - Present Day

Settings Of Play - Mrs. Malone's apartment house on Twenty-second street, New York City.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Interior Set

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult, Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13), Teen (Age 14 - 18)

PERFORMANCE GROUP

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

Three young ladies from Ohio - eager, excited and hoping to establish careers in New York - are compelled by circumstances to rent an old, gloomy apartment from a greedy landlady on their first night in town. The apartment is run-down and unkempt; but the price is right - especially since the landlady charges by the renter and the ladies have decided to present themselves as just two, passing the third off as a friend who is helping them to move in. Their subterfuge is complicated by a parade of zany neighbors passing through at all hours. And then there are the mysterious trespassers who periodically slip out of the apartment's seemingly locked closet carrying what appear to be shoe boxes. To protect themselves against all these unwanted intruders, the ladies enlist the aid of two guards - a burly taxi-driver hired on the spur of the moment and a very intellectual boyfriend who insists on helping out with protective duties. Before long, the apartment is full to bursting. Will the young ladies be able to keep their little secret? Will the neighbors ever leave them alone? Will the landlady act on her growing suspicions that she is harboring a dangerous gang? And what's with the mysterious visitors from the locked closet? The suspense will keep the audience in stitches while they wait to see what, finally, will come out of the closet.

Come Out Of The Closet was first performed in Test Production by the Junior Class of Shattuck High School, Oaklahoma and was directed by Nina Hardy.
Characters

CASTING

5m, 6f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Ensemble cast, Non-Traditional casting, Expandable casting, Flexible casting

CHORUS SIZE

N/A (Not a musical)

MRS. MALONE - An Irish landlady; hefty, overbearing; 50
HILDA HAWKINS - A stenographer from Ohio; competent, forthright; 25
IRENE GLEASON - Her friend; pretty, somewhat scheming, the "fragile type"; perhaps 20
AMMONIA MULLENS - Mrs. Malone's maid, deliberate of speech and action; a "good soul"; 15 or 16
JENNY POTTS - Winner of a television contract; eternally naive, "cute," appealing; 21
GUTHRIE ROSEWATER - A "modernistic" poet, who counterfeits more than his outward appearance; late 40's
ABBIE PHILIPS - A maiden lady; seemingly plain and out-moded; 50
MR. CUTTER - From the apartment across the hall; small, meek-and built for speed
HERCULES JONES - A modern knight whose "shining armor" is a bat-up old taxi; also a one-time prizefighter
GEORGE HANSON - Irene's fiance; somewhat diminutive and "intellectual"
SWEENY - A non-typical policeman; he has lamentably poor eyesight
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MUSICAL STYLE

N/A (Not a musical)

VOCAL DEMANDS

N/A (Not a musical)

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Reviews
jim meeks 11/19/2013 1:54 PM
The show sounds cute and it is written the style of 50's.   This means it is clean.  It roles for girls and the boys roles are the secondary roles.  There are three good girl roles.  You will need a muscular boy for one of the roles.  The set is an indoor set with three doors and the furniture needs to be run down.

There are places for physical comedy.  You will need sound effects.  BUT the one draw back is the script is dated!  In my opinion it would be very hard to up  date.   My thouhgts are maybe to do it in period style?  

I thiink this would not be that enjoyable for modern high schoolers, maybe adults.

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