The Receptionist

by  Adam Bock

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  2m, 2f

"Mr. Bock's poisoned Post-it note of a play." - The New York Times

"Bock's intense initial focus on the routine goes to the heart of The Receptionist's pointed, painfully timely allegory...elliptical, provocative play..." - Time Out New York

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The Receptionist

by  Adam Bock

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    2m, 2f
  • Duration

    Duration

    75 Minutes
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    From Off-Broadway
  • Audience

    Target Audience

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

Additional Info

At the start of a typical day in the Northeast Office, Beverly deals effortlessly with ringing phones and her colleague's romantic troubles. But the appearance of a charming rep from the Central Office disrupts the friendly routine. As the true nature of the company's business becomes apparent, The Receptionist raises disquieting, provocative questions about the consequences of complicity with evil.

Published with The Thugs in a collection entitled The Office Plays.
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Reviews

"Mr. Bock's poisoned Post-it note of a play." - The New York Times

"Bock's intense initial focus on the routine goes to the heart of The Receptionist's pointed, painfully timely allegory...elliptical, provocative play..." - Time Out New York

Considerations

Performing Groups

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

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day
  • Duration: 75 Minutes
  • Setting: The Northeast office.
  • Additional Features: No intermission
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Chorus Size: N/A (Not a musical)

Casting

2m, 2f

Beverly Watkins - the receptionist 40-60

Mr. Raymond - the boss 40-60

Lorraine Taylor - the coworker - 20-40

Mr. Dart - the visitot - 20-40

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Cast Attributes

  • Non-Traditional casting
  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

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Authors

Adam Bock

Adam Bock’s plays include Phaedra (Shotgun Players), A Small Fire (Playwrights Horizons, Drama Desk nomination), book for We Have Always Lived in the Castle, with music by Todd Almond (Yale Rep), The Flowe ...

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