They'd Come to See Charlie

by  James Borelli

Full Length Play, Drama  /  8m, 1f, 2m or f

"We have walked off the street into Charlie's bar. The dialogue is flavorful and as salty as pretzels. Clearly the author speaks from a position of authority...Mr. Borrelli definitely knows his milieu and has an empathy for earthy and interesting c…

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They'd Come to See Charlie

by  James Borelli

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    8m, 1f, 2m or f
  • Duration

    Duration

    75 Minutes
  • Audience

    Target Audience

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

Additional Info

Charlie, owner of a run-down bar on Manhattan's lower East side, shuns the present for memories of a more favorable past. Heavily in debt, due to gambling, he vainly attempts to reinstate himself with plans to reopen the bar's restaurant. He unsuccessfully woos his estranged son in this venture. He cannot face the realities of his life even when warned of impending danger and he bridles under the pressures in an alcoholic daze.
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Reviews

"We have walked off the street into Charlie's bar. The dialogue is flavorful and as salty as pretzels. Clearly the author speaks from a position of authority...Mr. Borrelli definitely knows his milieu and has an empathy for earthy and interesting characters." - New York Times

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Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1970s
  • Duration: 75 Minutes
  • Setting: A run-down bar on Manhattan's Lower East Side, once a small resaurant; mid-70s. 

Music

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

Casting

8m, 1f, 2m or f

CHARLIE CAMPAGNA

LOUIE

TONY SCALESI

VINCE CAMPAGNA

FRANCINE

SHRIMP

AL BUCKLEY

BOOKER

MILES

TWO MEN

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Authors

James Borelli

James Borelli

They'd Come to See Charlie was first presented at the Hartford Stage Company in Hartford, Connecticut on May 12th, 1978. 

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