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Half and Half - Full Length Play, Comedy

Half and Half

James Sherman

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Full Length Play, Comedy

1m, 2f

ISBN: 9780573662430

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…

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Description

Full Length Play

Comedy

Romantic Comedy

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

CAUTIONS

No Special Cautions

TARGET AUDIENCE

Appropriate for all audiences

PERFORMANCE GROUP

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.
Characters

CASTING

1m, 2f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Features Teens

CASTING NOTES

One actress plays Susan and Lucy(Act II). Once actor plays Stewart and Jeremy. One actress plays Lucy (Act I) and Katie.

CHORUS SIZE

N/A (Not a musical)

ACT I

SUSAN
STEWART - her husband.
LUCY - their fifteen year old daughter.

ACT II

LUCY
JEREMY - her husband
KATIE - their fifteen year old daughter

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MUSICAL STYLE

N/A (Not a musical)

VOCAL DEMANDS

N/A (Not a musical)

Author
James Sherman

James Sherman

James Sherman is the author of the plays Magic Time, The God of Isaac, Mr. 80%, The Escape Artist, Beau Jest, This Old Man Came Rolling Home, Jest A Second!, Romance in D, From Door to Door, The Old Man’s Friend, Affluenza!, Half and Half, Relatively Close, and Jacob and Jack.James was a theatre student at Illinois State University in the early 1970’s. He began his professional career as a writer ... view full profile

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