Full Length Play
120 minutes (2 hours)
Time Period - Contemporary, 1970s
Settings Of Play -
Kitchen in the family home in the Rogers Park area of Chicago.
Act One takes place on April 22, 1970. Act Two takes place in the same location on July 5, 2005.
FEATURES / CONTAINS
Interior Set, Unit Set/Multiple Settings
Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes
No Special Cautions
Appropriate for all audiences
College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Reader's Theatre
In Half and Half, James Sherman explores marriages past and present in two related one-act plays. In the first act, set at a breakfast in 1970, the breadwinner husband reads the newspaper and the homemaker wife fries the eggs. In act two, at a breakfast taking place this morning, the career-minded wife reads the paper and the stay-at-home husband cooks the frittata. With his unique comic insight, Sherman looks at how husbands and wives accept and reject their roles, how their roles have changed and, how their roles just might be changing back.
The same three actors portray the age appropriate roles in each act, creating an interesting parallel between the two generations, making for a very poignant comedy about marriage.
A smart, telling comedy about married life...Filled with wit and biting humor. - ChicagoCritic.com
His comic dialogue is sharp and his investigation of marital malaise should send a shock of recognition through many spectators. - Copley News
It's an entertaining mind bender about a groovy kind of love...Sherman scrutinizes the social attitudes and gender roles between the comparable but very different household environs in 1970 and 2005. - Tuscon Sentinel
Victory Gardens Theater, 2006. Directed by Dennis Zacek.