Take A Number, Darling

by  Jack Sharkey

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  3m, 3f

"A work of imagination, enthusiasm and happiness [that] [...] continues Sharkey's tradition of clean, funny plays." - Lerner Voice Newspapers

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Take A Number, Darling

by  Jack Sharkey

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    3m, 3f
  • Duration


    90 minutes
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  • Accolades


    Not Applicable
  • Suggested Use

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    • Cutting Approved for Competition
    • Scene work
    • Competition or audition material
  • Audience

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Since concert pianist Duncan Latimer and his wife, Ellen, a famous soap opera star, lead impeccable lives, their PR lady has no qualms over having a reporter from a scandal magazine interview them. But just before he arrives, so does Duncan’s old Navy buddy and Ellen’s former lover from her literally messy past, as well as an extra wife Duncan forgot to tell anyone about. It’s crazy and comical confusion all the way.
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"A work of imagination, enthusiasm and happiness [that] [...] continues Sharkey's tradition of clean, funny plays." - Lerner Voice Newspapers

"The maximum of laughs and chaos [...] tears of joy and laughter [...] Heartily and wholeheartedly recommended." - The News

"An evening of zany fun [...] brings down the house." - Orange County News Post

"Fun and laughter [...] frenetic, high energy comedy [...] sometimes subtle, sometimes shocking [...] slapstick, slip of the lip and close calls [...] non-stop humor." - Saddleback Valley News


Friendship, Love, Marriage


Performing Groups

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


  • Caution Alcohol Alcohol

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance



  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting: The Latimer penthouse in Manhattan.
  • Additional Features: Physical Comedy, Special Effects
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes


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


3m, 3f

DUNCAN LATIMER - a renowned concert pianist
ELLEN LATIMER - his wife, a popular television star
GLADYS NURMY - their public relations representative
BILL RUTLEDGE - Commander, USN, Duncan's best friend
BART MADDEN - a biographer for a scandal magazine
ILONA VALDEZ - a visitor from Valencia

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Jack Sharkey

Jack Sharkey (1931-1992) was born on May 6, 1931 in Chicago, Illinois. He began writing when he was 10 years old. He graduated from college with a BA in the Creative Writing Field of the English major. After that, he taught school for two years from 1953 to 1955. In mid-1955, Mr. Sharkey enlisted in th ...

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Take a Number, Darling was first presented at the Country Club Comedy Theatre, Mount Prospect, Illinois, on September 16, 1976. It was directed by  Ed Sauer.

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