Real to Reel

by  Frank D. Gilroy

Short Play, Comedy  /  1m, 1f

A woman in her fifties, the high priestess of intellectual film critics, is helped to her Brownstone apartment by a handsome young man who just saved her from a mugging. 

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    1m, 1f
  • Duration

    Duration

    30 minutes
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

A woman in her fifties, the high priestess of intellectual film critics, is helped to her Brownstone apartment by a handsome young man who just saved her from a mugging. The young man is an actor and film maker whose work she loathes and whose latest picture she is scheduled to review. The electric atmosphere is fueled by his Casanova reputation and her desire. Will a favorable review be traded for a one night stand?

Published in the collection A Way with Words

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Reviews

REVIEWS 

"A malicious comedy about movies and criticism that edges close to real-reel life. Some might consider it to a clef for comfort...An artful assured work by an accomplished dramatist." - The New York Times

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Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
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License details

  • Minimum Fee: $45 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1970s
  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Setting: The living room of a second floor brownstone apartment between Central Park WEst and Columbus Ave in the mid-seventies.
  • Additional Features: No intermission

Casting

1m, 1f
SOPHIE BRILL
GORDON RIDEOUT
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Frank D. Gilroy

Frank Daniel Gilroyis an award-winning playwright, producer, screenwriter and director. After graduating from Dartmouth College and the Yale School of Drama, he contributed profusely as a writer to the golden age of television. His impressive first play, Who'll Save the Plowboy?, won an Obie Award in 1962. In 1965, his ...

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Real to Reel premiered at the Ensemble Studio Theatre in New York City in 1987 under the direction of Curt Dempster.

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