Fast Girls

by  Diana Amsterdam

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  2m, 3f

"Amsterdam makes us laugh, listen and think." - Daily Record

"Brilliantly comic moments." - The Monitor

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    2m, 3f
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Period, Romantic Comedy
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Senior
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

A precursor to Sex and the City, this fast-paced comedy is also a buddy story about two single women in the city, in the late eighties, when the sexual revolution hit a definite snag. Lucy Lewis loves men, being single, and playing the field; she is a successful career woman and a "fast girl." Her neighbor Abigail McBride seeks a suitable husband and, in her mid-thirties, is definitely desperate, declaring that she realized, too late, that "high standards and loneliness are one and the same thing." Lucy's mother Mitzi comes to town. Her goal: to convince Lucy that she has GOT to settle down before it's too late, and she sends over Lucy's ex-boyfriend Sidney to seal the deal. In one of the funniest second acts in theater history, Lucy pretends to cook for Sidney and be a "good girl" to show him how ridiculous it is; but the charade backfires. Meanwhile, her boytoy-of-the-minute keeps turning up, never suspecting the hornet's nest he is strolling into.Fast Girls has been produced all over the world, translated into several languages, and won the Montreal eqivalent of a Tony Award (in French). A proven crowd-pleaser, older audiences adore the character of the mother, Mitzi; single women in their twenties and thirties dramatically bond with Lucy and Abigail.
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Reviews

REVIEWS

"Amsterdam makes us laugh, listen and think." - Daily Record

"Brilliantly comic moments." - The Monitor

"Rapidly paced comedy with a load of laughs... A funny entertainment with some pause for reflection on today's [sexual] confusion." - Suburban News

"Takes a penetrating look at contemporary sexual chaos. Passion, celibacy, marriage, fidelity are just some of the subjects that Diana Amsterdam hilariously examines." - Tribune News

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Large Stage

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1980s
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting: A studio apartment in a brownstone in Manhattan, New York, 1980s.
  • Additional Features: Local Celebrity Cameo
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes, Period Costumes

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Chorus Size: No Chorus

Casting

2m, 3f
LUCY LEWIS - in her mid-30s
ABIGAIL MCBRIDE - in her mid-30s
SIDNEY EPSTEIN - in his mid-30s
MITZI LEWIS - in her late 50s
JOE MALONE - 23
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Cast Attributes

  • Local Celebrity Cameo
  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

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Authors

Diana Amsterdam

Diana Amsterdam is a New York based playwright whose work is published by Samuel French, Playscripts, Broadway Play Publishing, St. Martins Press, and Smith and Kraus, and produced all over the world, with translations in five languages. The 2011 production of her play Carnival Round the Central Figure, directed by Kar ...

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Fast Girls was first produced at Paul Sorvino's American Stage Company in Teaneck New Jersey, under the direction of Stephen Rosenfield.

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