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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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Minimum Fee: $75 per performance


Full Length Play


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.


Physical Comedy

Cutting Approved for Competition, Monologues, Scene work, Competition or audition material

Interior Set, Bare Stage/Simple Set

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes


Mild Adult Themes


Adult, Senior, Teen (Age 14 - 18)


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.



3m, 3f, 1m or f


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


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.
Rental Materials


N/A (Not a musical)


N/A (Not a musical)

Katherine DiSavino

Katherine DiSavino

Katherine DiSavino is a Los Angeles writer. Her original pilot “Blackmarsh" topped the TV Staffing Survey, an annual ranking of the best samples submitted for staffing consideration at major Networks, Studios, and PODs, and Katherine is featured on Tracking Board's "Young & Hungry" list of the top 100 New Writers in Hollywood. She has pitched on a number of film, television and digital ... view full profile

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Cari Cross 2/11/2017 8:47 AM
We are thoroughly enjoying this play. The writing is excellent. The set isn't too complicated, and the laughs just keep coming. We are a small community group of very amateur actors, and we have had so many laughs. I would definitely recommend this play to any community theatre group. You won't regret it.
stephen duennebier 9/13/2015 4:21 PM
Charming show - cute, sweet, real, with expertly crafted dialog.  Best thing I've read in a very long time - looking forward to producing it soon.  Every role is meaty and great fun.
Fran Edwards 7/28/2015 4:01 AM

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