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Things My Mother Taught Me - Full Length Play, Comedy

Things My Mother Taught Me

Katherine DiSavino

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Full Length Play, Comedy

3m, 3f, 1m or f

ISBN: 9780573700897

Brand new romantic comedy by Katherine DiSavino, author of the smash comedy Nanaʼs Naughty Knickers. Olivia and Gabe are moving into their first apartment together, halfway across the country from their parents, so imagine their surprise when everyone shows up to help them. Funny and touching, this one will make you laugh out loud and fall in love all over again.

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Description

Full Length Play

Comedy

Romantic Comedy

90 minutes

Time Period - Contemporary, Present Day

Settings Of Play - An empty apartment in Chicago. A young couple is just moving in. At the top of the play, a very large armchair is stuck in the front door.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Physical Comedy

Cuttings allowed, Monologues, Scene work, Competition or audition material

Interior Set, Bare Stage/Simple Set

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

CAUTIONS

Mild Adult Themes

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult, Senior, Teen (Age 14 - 18)

PERFORMANCE GROUP

High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre, Reader's Theatre, Shoestring Budget, Large Stage, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Olivia and Gabe are moving into their first apartment together. They’ve just packed up all of their belongings and driven halfway across the country, to start a new life together in Chicago. Their moving day doesn't go exactly as planned, though, and things become slightly more complicated when all of their parents show up to help! Can a two bedroom apartment contain all of the love, laughs, worry and wisdom that's about to happen? This brand new comedy from the author of Nana's Naughty Knickers takes a generational look at relationships, and how sometimes parents are passing their best lessons on to their children without even meaning to. Funny and touching, this one will make you laugh out loud and fall in love all over again.

Things My Mother Taught Me is superbly written...[it's] a wonderful, sentimental, true-to-life comedy about love and family, guaranteed to leave young and old with knowing smiles, because we've all had mothers of our own." - Intelligencer Journal

"Expect to fall head over heels for Things, a show with heart and humor...It is, quite simply, loveable." - Lancaster Sunday News

“When you move into a new apartment, don’t forget to clean the top of the refrigerator and buy a new toilet seat. These are just a few tips from Things My Mother Taught Me, a hilarious show [that] had last Friday’s audience laughing so hard that some of those in attendance had tears streaming down their faces...” - Charity Apple / Times-News

"[Things My Mother Taught Me] is is entertaining and touching, enough to move the heart of the most reluctant romantic." - The Oakland Press

"Makes for one hilarious time...Things My Mother Taught Me has just about everything you'd want in a romantic comedy, all wrapped up with an appreciate-your-mother bow. You shouldn't miss it." - Quad-Cities Online

"This is a clever script with lots of laughs... "Things My Mother Taught Me" may be the most love-affirming comedy you’re likely to see this season [and] it is a treat to see a play in which three couples love each other and value the things that make their partners special." - The Examiner

Things My Mother Taught Me was originally produced at the Rainbow Dinner Theatre in Pennsylvania in the Summer of 2012.

Characters

CASTING

3m, 3f, 1m or f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Ensemble cast, Flexible casting, Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle), Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

CASTING NOTES

The character of Max Mirowski may be played by a man or a woman. Lines that reference this character's gender may be adjusted accordingly.

OLIVIA KEEGAN - ­ late 20s; energetic; neat; slightly OCD; an architect.
KAREN KEEGAN - late 50s-60s; Olivia's mother.
CARTER KEEGAN ­ - 60s; Olivia's father.
GABE LAWSON ­ - late 20s; a writer; good-natured.
LYDIA LAWSON - late 50s-60s; Gabe's mother.
WYATT LAWSON - 60s; Gabe's father.
MAX MIROWSKI - late 50s; Polish accent; building super; may be played by a man or woman.
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MUSICAL STYLE

N/A (Not a musical)

VOCAL DEMANDS

N/A (Not a musical)

Author
Katherine DiSavino

Katherine DiSavino

Katherine DiSavino is a Los Angeles based playwright. She graduated with a degree in English and Creative Writing from The George Washington University, where she wrote her first play Nana's Naughty Knickers, which was published in 2010 and has been widely produced across the United States, Canada and abroad, and has been translated into Czech, Polish and Turkish. Things My Mother Taught Me, had ... view full profile

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Reviews
Janet Hansen 4/30/2015 2:48 PM
I first read this in March of 2014 when I was looking at scripts to put together our 2014-2015 season at The Company OnStage in Houston.  I fell in love with it immediately and did not think twice about including it in our season which also includes "The Temptest," "Frost/Nixon," "Lone Star" and "Laundry and Bourbon," and "Rope."  It provided the perfect light-hearted touch to an otherwise heavy line up.  There is no pretense here, just an honest bit of story telling meant to make the audience glad they attended a performance, and to have them leaving the theater with smiles on their faces.  The actors have enjoyed themselves and our audiences have enjoyed themselves.  Thank you, Katy, for penning this.  It's been our pleasure to stage it.
Travis Walter 4/3/2015 6:52 PM
I directed this play at Meadow Brook Theatre, Michigan's Largest Producing Professional Theatre.  This is one of the best experiences I have had directing a comedy.  The beauty of Katherine Di Savino's writing is that it is so real.  Everyone will feel like they have either met these characters or has been one of them.  The strength in the writing is that Di Savino knows how to balance the drama with the comedy, so that the laughs become harder and fuller.  Our audience laughed so incredibly hard, many times we had to hold the show for several minutes, especially in the drunk dad scene.  So many of our audience members we poking each other and saying, "That's your mother"... or even "That's you!" This wonderful comedy shines through because at its center there lies heart.  That is why this play will be a success at any theatre that produces it.  Trust the script, trust the writing.  Plays aren't meant to be read, they are meant to be seen, to be experienced... This show was one of our highest grossing shows in a long time...in January...In the snow... in Michigan!!!  And that speaks for itself!  This show will create many wonderful hours of heartfelt laughter, tears, and an overall satisfying sensation at its conclusion.  I can't wait to read what Di Savino comes up with next.  
Kenneth Chugg 4/1/2015 6:41 PM
Things My Mother Taught Me was a delight to direct.  The casting was easy, the set was very easy to design and build.
How can you go wrong with a story about cross generational issues?  Funny, delightful and there are a lot of surprises.
Kudos to Katherine DiSivino!
I plan on directing more plays she has written!

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