The Thugs

by  Adam Bock

Full Length Play, Dark Comedy  /  2m, 6f

"Bock starts you off giggling, but leaves you with a chill." - Time Out New York

"A delightfully paranoid little nightmare that is both more chillingly realistic and pointedly absurd than anything John Grisham ever dreamed up." - New York Times

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    2m, 6f
  • Duration

    Duration

    60 minutes (1 hour)
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Obie
  • Audience

    Target Audience

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

Additional Info

The Obie Award winning dark comedy about work, thunder and the mysterious things that are happening on the 9th floor of a big law firm. When a group of temps try to discover the secrets that lurk in the hidden crevices of their workplace, they realize they would rather believe in gossip and rumors than face dangerous realities.

Published with The Receptionist in a collection entitled The Office Plays.

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Reviews

"Bock starts you off giggling, but leaves you with a chill." - Time Out New York

"A delightfully paranoid little nightmare that is both more chillingly realistic and pointedly absurd than anything John Grisham ever dreamed up." - New York Times

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: 60 minutes (1 hour)
  • Setting: An 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, 6f
The temporary workers in a law office. Various and varied characters, all working ages.
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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • Non-Traditional casting

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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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Soho Rep, directed by Anne Kauffman

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