A Turn for the Nurse

by  Rick Abbot

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  5m, 5f

Lovelorn millionaire Oliver Stratton can't recall the name and address of the only woman he'll ever love and decides to go to Tibet leaving his fortune to nurse Peggy. Plots, partnerships, betrayals, zany ploys plus all sorts of devices are used in this screamingly funny show in which the secret killer prepares to bump Oliver off when the will gets rewritten the right way. A hilarious, audience-pleasing hit.

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A Turn for the Nurse

by  Rick Abbot

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    5m, 5f
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Farce, Mystery/Thriller
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

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

Additional Info

Lovelorn millionaire Oliver Stratton can't recall the name and address of the only woman he'll ever love and decides to go to Tibet leaving his fortune to nurse Peggy. This causes the entire household (no-good nephew Derek, his lover Sylvia, Oliver's noble son George, Oliver's lady lawyer and even the butler and maid) to devise complex ways to get the will changed in their favor or get into the safe containing the estate's liquidated assets in cold cash. When the Tibetan lamasery recruiter comes to claim Oliver, Derek plots to convince Oliver that Peggy is addicted to drink and unworthy to inherit. He brings in anti-drink crusader Cora Van Beck to rehabilitate stone-sober Peggy. Plots, partnerships, betrayals, zany ploys plus all sorts of devices are used in this screamingly funny show in which the secret killer prepares to bump Oliver off when the will gets rewritten the right way. A hilarious, audience-pleasing hit.
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Keywords

Betrayal

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre

Cautions

  • Caution Alcohol Alcohol

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting: The Stratton Mansion. Long Island, New York.
  • Additional Features: Not Applicable
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Music

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

Casting

5m, 5f
SYLVIA CRANE - an impoverished lady, madly enamored of...
DEREK STRATTON - ne'er-do-well nephew of a wealthy family
JANE JOHNSON - maid-of-all-work at the Stratton mansion
GEORGE STRATTON - simply splendid son of that wealthy family
MS. J. D. CULVER - the wealthy family's family lawyer
HERBERT SANDERS - the wealthy family's ambitious butler
OLIVER STRATTON - lovelorn patriarch of this wealthy family
PEGGY BRENT - his temporary live-in nurse, a health nut
WU CHANG - a somewhat unorthodox recruiter from Tibet
CORA VAN BECK - emissary if an anti-alcohol association
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Cast Attributes

  • Non-Traditional casting

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Authors

Rick Abbot

Rick Abbot is one of several pen names for prolific playwright Jack Sharkey (1931-1992). Mr. Sharkey was born on May 6, 1931 in Chicago, Illinois. He began writing when he was 10 years old. He graduated from college wi ...

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