Three's A Family

by  Henry Ephron, Phoebe Ephron

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  8m, 8f

"The whole thing is as silly and improbable as Charley's Aunt and yet built as surely along the sure-fire formula of laugh appeal. And members of last night's audience who recognized themselves and their experiences intermittently and contin…

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    8m, 8f
  • Duration

    Duration

    More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Farce
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

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

Additional Info

The story begins in a household of three in a small apartment.  Very soon it becomes a household of five, when the Whitakers' daughter, Kitty, moves in with her baby, her husband having gone off to the war. Eventually it becomes a household of seven, when the Whitakers' son, Archie, and his wife decide to have their baby there because the hospitals are full up. At the first curtain, as you have guessed, it has become a household of eight. A household of eight, not counting maids who come and go and whose idiosyncrasies add to the gaiety. Added to this there is Dr. Bartell whose professional visit marks the peak of the fun.
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Reviews

"The whole thing is as silly and improbable as Charley's Aunt and yet built as surely along the sure-fire formula of laugh appeal. And members of last night's audience who recognized themselves and their experiences intermittently and continually in the sentimental and homey scrapes and situations took the play to their bosoms with merry affection." - New York World-Telegram

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Present Day
  • Duration: More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: The living room of Sam and Frances Whitaker's apartment on West 110th Street, New York.
  • 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

8m, 8f
SAM WHITAKER - Fifty and still goodlooking. 
IRMA - A large woman in her fifties, and twice as independent as she might normally be because she is living off her sister Frances.
ADELAIDE - A competent maid in her middle years, scrawny and aggressive looking.
KITTY - An attractive girl, about twenty-five who is used to haveing her own way.
ARCHIE - Boyish and eagar.
HAZEL - A big, healthy girl who is quite pretty.
FRANCES WHITAKER - A successful career woman of forty-five, smartly dressed.
DELIVERY MAN - A fat, cheerful man who is always smiling.
GENE MITCHELL - A nice guy of twenty-eight, with a quick temper.
NEW MAID - Large and cheerful looking.
GIRL - About eighteen.
DR. BARTELL - The oldest man you've even seen, with bounce and energy.
JOE AND MARIAN FRANKLIN - He is tall, and she is short, another young couple by Gene and Kittty.
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Authors

Henry Ephron

Henry Ephron

Phoebe Ephron

Phoebe Ephron

Three's A Family was first produced at the Longacre Theatre, New York.

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