Two on the Aisle, Three in a Van

by  Mary Lynn Dobson

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  6m, 4f

Sometimes the best show isn't onstage but in the parking lot. That's the case in Two on the Aisle, Three in a Van, a comedy where the point of view this time comes from the unsung heroes who call the show, man the spotlights, sew the costumes, count the tickets and suffer through every flubbed line, forgotten prop and missed cue. 

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Two on the Aisle, Three in a Van

by  Mary Lynn Dobson

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    6m, 4f
  • Duration

    Duration

    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Not Applicable
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Outstanding New Play, Talkin' Broadway Summer Theatre Citation
  • Suggested Use

    Suggested Use

    • Scene work
    • Competition or audition material
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

Welcome to another stellar season at the Neighborhood Actors Summerfun Repertory Theatre. a friendly little playhouse where, due to a lack of wing space, the company spends their downtime in the parking lot around an aging hippie/now turned techie's van. Those looking for refuge at the asphalt oasis include: a stressed-out artistic director grappling for funding, a wanna-be diva who's realizing her ingenue expiration date has just about passed, a board member's nephew vying to direct the musicals with a Tarrentino spin and the "I'm no chorus boy" chorus boy who thinks every show should have a kick line - including Glass Menagerie. These are just some of the egos and obstacles that fall into the lap of Mike, a nice-guy director who ends up with far more than he bargained for. Anyone who's ever seen a show may know these people. Anyone who's ever done a show may be these people. 

In the end, Two on the Aisle, Three in a Van continues to prove the old adage that somehow, some way, the show must go on. And it does...just not always as planned. 

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Accolades

  • Winner! Talkin' Broadway 2009 Summer Theatre Citation, Outstanding New Play
    Critic's Pick! Backstage Magazine
    Four Stars! Time Out New York

Reviews

"An amusing, energetic jolt that skewers pretentious concept directors yet has a soft spot for actors and technicians." - Backstage

"I was glad I saw Streisand in Funny Girl in the '60's, the original cast of A Chorus Line in the '70's, Merrily We Roll Along in the '80's and Nick and Nora in the '90's. But this decade I'm just glad to have seen Two on the Aisle, Three in a Van." - Peter Filchia, Theatremania

Keywords

Backstage Comedy

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Outdoor
  • Large Stage

Cautions

  • Caution Strong Language Strong Language

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $90 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Present Day
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: Takes place over a three and a half month span on a one unit set.
  • Additional Features: Not Applicable

Casting

6m, 4f

MIKE - director/stage manager, soon to be artistic director, good looking, genuinely nice, mid-30s
JEANNIE - stage manager, wardrobe person, techie in general, has grown to hate the actors, mid-30s to 50s
VONDO - techie, sometime actor, one time pot head, dressed as he was in high school—probably even in the same shirt, owner of the van, late 50s to 60s
JEFF - the artistic director, forever trying to avoid disaster, high blood pressure and forever trying to avoid a stroke, 50s to early 60s
SCOTT - the new guy from the midwest, costume designer, wardrobe person, nice guy, 30s to late 40s
ERIC - director, writer, actor, threatens greatness but delivers nonsense, constantly morbid, mid-30s
MEREDITH - actress, usually gets the leads, a diva-wanna-be, feigns confidence, basically plain, mid-30s
DANIEL - actor, idiot, thinks he’s the ultimate theater persona, obsessed with dancing, mid to late 20s
ROBIN - actress, plays all the ingénue roles, you just want to hug her because she’s cute as cute can be, innocent, naive, 15
HARRIET - actress, sometime wardrobe person, quick-witted, real, early 60s to 70s

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Cast Attributes

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Mary Lynn Dobson

Mary Lynn Dobson has worked in the theatre as a director, actor and playwright. Her play, Skin Deep was a one winner of the Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Short Play Festival and is published in the Off Off Broadway Festival Plays, 35th Series. Two on the Aisle-Three in a Van, also published by French, was performed in ...

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Two on the Aisle, Three in a Van was first presented by Peter Riga Jr., Dan Whitten and Tiger Theatricals in the FringeNYC Festival at the Connelly Theatre in New York City on August 16th, 2009. It was directed by Mary Lynn Dobson.

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