Rich Is Better

by  Jack Sharkey

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  2m, 2f

Nona is unaware that her husband Gino owns the company for which she does telephone sales he posed as a laborer during their courtship, fearful of being married for his money, and has yet to explain. When Gino's secretary Pam shows up with papers he forgot to sign, he introduces her as a co worker s…

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Rich Is Better

by  Jack Sharkey

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    2m, 2f
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Farce, Romantic Comedy
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

Nona is unaware that her husband Gino owns the company for which she does telephone sales. He posed as a laborer during their courtship, fearful of being married for his money, and has yet to explain. When Gino's secretary Pam shows up with papers he forgot to sign, he introduces her as a co- worker seeking advice on a romantic problem. Generous Nona insists Pam bring her lover to dinner. Pam cons her chiropodist into coming on what he thinks is a house call. By the time the disastrous dinner party occurs, Nona's misguided gossip has caused a strike. She wonders why Gino won't join the picket lines and Gino inadvertently gives Nona the impression that Pam is his big romance. This comedy was written for Kaye Ballard.
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Keywords

Love, Marriage

Considerations

Performing Groups

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

Cautions

  • Caution Alcohol Alcohol

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Present Day
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting: The Gognare apartment in Denver, Colorado.
  • 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)
  • Chorus Size: N/A (Not a musical)

Casting

2m, 2f

NONA GOGNARE - a woman of warmth and bright ingenuity
GINO GOGNARE -her husband, a somewhat unusual laborer
PAMELA HERLIE - an extremely loyal executive secretary
CHESTER CALDICCIO - an amiable-but-confused chiropodist

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Cast Attributes

  • Non-Traditional casting

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Authors

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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