No Time for Comedy

by  S. N. Behrman

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  4m, 3f

"Another "must' on the play going curriculum." - New York Journal American.
A success in New York where it opened with Katherine Cornell and Laurence Olivier and on tour, No Time for Comedy delights audiences and critics. Gaylord Easterbrook is a clever young playwright whose comedies are highly successful. He is ma…

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No Time for Comedy

by  S. N. Behrman

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    4m, 3f
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    From Broadway

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A success in New York where it opened with Katherine Cornell and Laurence Olivier and on tour, No Time for Comedy delights audiences and critics. Gaylord Easterbrook is a clever young playwright whose comedies are highly successful. He is married to Linda, a brilliant actress who stars in all his plays. But Gay is discontented and restless, and he feels that this is no time for comedy. He feels rather that the modern tempo and constant change demand reality and a serious approach. He is encouraged in this opinion by Amanda Smith, a restless dabbler and society woman who is married to a dull businessman. With her as an inspiration Gay manages to write a serious play about death and the Spanish Loyalists. Through all this apparent affair Linda carefully walks, and of course, comes out the undisputed winner when it is obvious that Gay is not going to elope with Amanda, who wants to run away.
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Reviews

"Another must' on the play going curriculum." - New York Journal American.

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  • High School/Secondary
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  • Community Theatre
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  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

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Details

  • Time Period: 1930s
  • Setting: New York City 1938.
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Casting

4m, 3f

CLEMENTINE - an aggresive but good-natured African-American woman of about 40.

LINDA - a glamorous actress, a bit over 30. Sane, sensible, and witty.

GAYLORD - a fine-looking, intelligent, sensitive man of 35-40.

PHILO - between 45 and 50, quiet, keen-faced, pretty well possessed; he has made his major decisions in life and no longer permits himself to be agitated much about anything.

ROBERT - a tall, blond, impeccable butler.

AMANDA - quiet, slim and dark; she has what is known as a classic profile, of which she is aware and which she displays unobtrusively without ever a flourish. Her voice is gentle, low, musical.

MAKEPEACE LOVELL (PYM) - an attractive, wryly humorous young Englishman, wearing a dinner-jacket. He has a distinguished ancestry, a small income and does odd journalism. Pym hasn't quite found himself-- he hovers pleasantly on the brink of this discover, feeling somehow it'll be more fun not ever quite to find out. 

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Cast Attributes

  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

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S. N.  Behrman

S. N. Behrman

NO TIME FOR COMEDY was first performed at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre in New York, starring Katharine Cornell and Lawrence Olivier.

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